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Recyclable pasta bag

Italian pasta maker Girolomoni has launched its organic Graziella Ra ancient wheat spaghetti, farfalle, and penne rigate in what is described as a fully recyclable paper stand-up bag with a window that allows consumers to clearly see the product inside.

Pulp-based bag for pasta includes a see-through window.
Pulp-based bag for pasta includes a see-through window.

Pasta bag producer Fiorini International was looking to replace plastic packaging with a paper alternative that set it apart from the competition. Moreover, the solution needed to ensure the highest standards of product quality, while still meeting strict paper waste stream requirements. Featuring Mondi’s Advantage Smooth White Strong specialty kraft paper made of 100% virgin fiber offering high strength and superior printability, the new packaging is suitable for waste paper recycling streams – even in countries with the highest recycling requirements. The see-through window, says Mondi, is also pulp-based.

Pietro Fiorini, Sales Director Packaging Division at Fiorini International, explains: “We wanted to provide our customers with a paper-based solution that would satisfy the rising demand for sustainability from end-users, and enable food producers to grow in new markets. So we were looking for an alternative to plastic that looked good and provided products with the same protection properties. Our unique sealing technique also needed a special kind of paper. Mondi’s 110 gsm Advantage Smooth White Strong was the optimum fit for our needs. The high paper quality is easily convertible into our pasta bags, which is essential for the industry. Thanks to our creative collaboration with Mondi, we have the perfect partner for our pasta bag. Together, we are now looking to redefine packaging for sugar and flour as well.”

 Massimiliano Scotta, Head of Sales Region South & Americas at Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper, adds: “EcoSolutions is our customer-centric approach to support our customers to achieve their sustainability goals. We worked closely together with Fiorini International to determine their sustainability, packaging, and recyclability criteria. Our team tested several paper grades for strength, stretch, and forming processes at our R&D facilities and collaborated with key partners to obtain food contact certifications that meet all of Fiorini International`s packaging needs. The result is the sustainable stand-up bag made from Advantage Smooth White Strong paper and featuring a large transparent paper window, both of which are completely recyclable. At Mondi, we want our products to be sustainable by design and we consider this a win-win situation, since it benefits our clients and the environment.” 

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