International Paper and packaging company Mondi has partnered with Swiss converter ATS-Tanner to develop new kraft paper bundle packaging for drink, fruit and vegetable, and e-commerce end uses.

ATS-Tanner developed the new solution by leveraging Mondi’s Advantage MF SpringPack, a kraft paper made from renewable, responsibly sourced and certified materials.

A functional barrier is added on both sides of the paper to convert it into a band, which is then sealed using ultrasound.

Marketed under the brand name TruePaper, the paper band holds individually labelled products or bundles of up to 20kg.

It is ideal for holding fruit and vegetable bundles, multipacks of bottles and other products.

ATS-Tanner owner and CEO Serge Tanner said: “We trialled various paper grades, and Mondi’s kraft paper offers the required strength to substitute plastic packaging with this paper band.

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“TruePaper is a resource-efficient solution that can – depending on the banding machine used – wrap products measuring up to 1,300mm x 500mm and is convenient to store.

“Using paper instead of plastic is not the only advantage: an ultrasonic banding machine from ATS-Tanner consumes 98% less energy than it would take to pack a like-sized delivery using a shrink-wrapping machine.”

TruePaper reduces packaging materials, thereby minimising waste while offering a cost-efficient solution.

In addition, Mondi’s kraft paper has good printing quality for brand, product, return and responsible waste management messaging.

The band is recyclable in existing paper recycling streams across Europe.

Mondi speciality kraft paper international key account manager Carsten Breiter said: “By combining world-leading expertise in sustainable packaging with ATS-Tanner’s machinery and skills, we have together created a system that offers great product protection while reducing unnecessary plastic.”

Earlier this month, Spanish food company Noel Alimentaria selected Mondi to create a sustainable packaging solution for its plant-based and meat food range.