Spanish retail chain Alvaro Moreno has partnered with UK-based paper and packaging company Mondi and Spanish packaging converter Innovaciones Subbética to switch from plastic to paper bags.

Mondi has developed three sustainable alternatives for Alvaro Moreno’s shopping, online delivery and gift bags.

The bags will be made from Mondi’s Advantage and EcoVantage product ranges, which are made from renewable and responsibly sourced materials.

Mondi’s latest paper range, EcoVantage, is developed from fresh pulp and recycled fibres.

Mondi speciality kraft paper sales director Paulus Goess said: “Our EcoVantage paper supports Alvaro Moreno’s sustainability aims, thanks to its recycled content and recyclability, and the bags are strong and appealing for customers who are looking for the best shopping experience, both online and in-store.”

Before adopting the paper bags, Alvaro Moreno used more than 3.7 million plastic bags and containers a year.

The shift to paper bags has allowed the retail chain to reduce its plastic consumption by almost 90t a year.

Alvaro Moreno founder and namesake Alvaro Moreno said: “As a business, we are committed to reducing our environmental footprint by creating a line of eco-life garments, engaging in plastic clean-up projects in the local area and looking at carrier bags made from natural, renewable and recyclable materials.

“Mondi’s papers helped us to continue this approach while increasing the quality standards required in our packaging. As a ‘company with soul’, we want to meet our consumers’ sustainability goals, and since introducing this new packaging range, we have had excellent customer feedback.”

Last month, Mondi partnered with Tesco Central Europe on a recycled shopping bag initiative.

In the partnership, Mondi used corrugated waste from Tesco’s warehouses to produce its EcoVantage paper.

The paper was produced at Mondi’s mill in the Czech Republic and used for making Tesco shopping bags.