Australian end-to-end packaging supplier Grounded Packaging has launched a flexible packaging solution made from 83% recycled materials.

The RE: MONO packaging solution is designed to reduce environmental impact without compromising on functionality, convenience or food safety.

Grounded’s new film laminate is made from plastic disposed in recycling streams such as milk bottles, as well as plastic bags.

The recyclable packaging is claimed to have the world’s highest proportion of post-consumer recycled (PCR) material for food contact pouches and other flexible packaging formats.

Grounded Packaging co-founder Ben Grant said: “We are excited to be launching our mono-material product, RE: MONO, an alternative to the plastic that is an indispensable packaging material for most food producers and retailers.

“The packaging we’re launching today has been deemed unattainable by other flexible packaging manufacturers, and we look forward to bringing to market more sustainable products like RE: MONO that are helping consumers and brands join the fight against the climate crisis.”

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RE: MONO is claimed to be able to reduce food manufacturers’ environmental footprint by 57% compared with virgin plastic packaging.

The packaging material is a soft, flexible mono-material that can be recycled into the same product at the end of its life.

The launch of RE: MONO is part of Grounded Packaging’s commitment to removing four million kilograms of ocean-bound plastic by the end of this year.

The company has been working with partners to control sourcing, material sortation and blending within their PCR material to develop a product suitable for food contact.

Earlier this year, Grounded agreed to provide recyclable packaging materials made from plant-based bioplastics to Plantable Health, a lifestyle intervention programme based in the US.

The Sugarflex packaging materials are made from sustainable sugarcane and are intended to help Plantable achieve a carbon-negative footprint for its new packaging.