Multinational paper and packaging company Mondi has partnered with German bicycle manufacturer Diamant to wrap and protect Diamant’s branded mountain and trekking bicycles.

The companies have launched Protector Bags, a recyclable paper solution designed to wrap and protect the handlebars of mountain and trekking bicycles sold under the Trek and Diamant brands.

Made with two layers of durable kraft paper, the bags are puncture-proof and can protect bicycles during storage and transport without requiring additional wrapping or taping.

The paper’s air permeability also makes the bags breathable and allows moisture or gas emitted from rubber handlebar grips to evaporate easily.

In addition, it is fully recyclable and can be safely disposed of in existing waste streams across Europe.

Mondi protector bags sales manager Nadja Nickel said: “This is a fantastic example of how our EcoSolutions approach can work for customers in a wide range of industries, and we are delighted to make our first foray into bike packaging with our Protector Bags.

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“By going onto the factory floor and assessing all areas of manufacturing, storage and transportation, we were able to develop a bespoke version of our existing Protector Bags, which are easily sealed on site, provide all the protection needed, save the customer money and help them achieve their sustainability goals.”

Diamant senior engineer Geoffrey Ziegahn said: “Our development team worked very closely with Mondi to create these uniquely tailored bags, which will provide increased protection for the handlebars of all mountain and trekking bikes of our brands Trek and Diamant during transportation.

“This is a major step towards our sustainability goals: we aim to only use recyclable packaging by the end of this year and replace all plastic and bubble wrap with paper-based solutions.”

Mondi recently partnered with Japanese consumer goods manufacturer Kao to develop recyclable packaging for Goldwell’s hair-lightening products.