Paper-based packing solution aims to replace plastic wrapping in e-commerce

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva


Sustainable paper and packaging company Mondi has teamed up with German machine supplier Beck Packautomaten to develop strong, flexible, paper-based packaging solutions dedicated to e-commerce.

They hope to replace traditional plastic packaging for a wide range of products.

The e-commerce market has grown significantly in recent years, accounting for approximately 20 per cent of global retail sales last year. According to Mondi’s research, 82 per cent of customers prefer recyclable e-commerce packaging. At the same time, online retailers are actively seeking practical packaging solutions that ensure optimal protection of goods and are sustainable.

Thomas Lunz, industry group manager of functional paper brand, Mondi, said all types of goods are transported daily, and there’s a need to create bespoke packaging that reduces waste but can still protect a wide range of products.

“Our Functional Barrier Paper system enables online retailers to continue reducing the use of unnecessary plastic following our approach of using paper where possible and plastic when useful,” he said.

According to the company, the Functional Barrier Paper system is 95 per cent paper with enhanced barrier properties that can protect against water vapour and moisture. It is also made with a higher-strength capacity to carry heavier items without breakage. In addition, it is responsibly sourced and made of renewable and recyclable materials.

Using Beck’s technology, the packing machine ensures that products of different sizes are packed according to their needs. The machine measures the products and automatically calculates the paper needed, reducing excess material usage and minimising waste and costs.

“Mondi’s FunctionalBarrier Paper has excellent compatibility on our automated packing lines and is a sustainable solution that replaces plastic packaging for online shipments,” said Alexander Deharde, sales director at Beck Packautomaten.

“In the first cooperation with a European fashion retailer, we reduced plastic use significantly and will be able to save them more than 45 tonnes of plastic every year once the switch is completed.”

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

A digital content manager based in the Philippines, Kaycee Enerva has written for multiple publications over several years. A graduate of Computer Science, she exchanged a career in IT to pursue her passion for writing. She's slowly practicing sustainability through period cups, and eating more plant-based food.


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