UK-based consumer goods company Reckitt has partnered with packaging and paper provider Mondi to improve the sustainability of its product packaging.

As part of the partnership, the companies developed paper-based packaging for dishwasher tablets sold by Reckitt’s brand Finish.

They used Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach to replace 75% of the plastic with responsibly sourced paper.

According to Mondi, the remaining 25% of the plastic will be kept to strengthen the paper structure while maintaining the product’s quality and safety and providing a re-closable seal.

Mondi Global Key Accounts head Olivier Seux said: “With Reckitt, we were able to develop a paper-based packaging solution that reduces plastic usage while still providing the necessary product protection.

“This project is a great example of Mondi’s approach of using paper where possible, and plastic when useful.

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“The packaging has been designed with sustainability in mind to minimise the impact on the environment.

“We look forward to working with Reckitt to continue to test and develop solutions that help them achieve their sustainability goals.”

Reckitt will exclusively launch the new paper-based packaging for Finish with retail company Carrefour in France, with plans to introduce it in other countries over the coming years.

The transition will enable the company to remove more than 2,000tpa of plastic and reduce its carbon emissions by 15% compared with the previous plastic packaging.

This will help Reckitt meet its goal of halving its use of virgin plastic in its packaging by 2030.

Reckitt chief research and development officer Angela Naef said: “Removing plastic from our products is a priority across all Reckitt’s brands.

“We are always looking at new and innovative ways to improve sustainability in our packaging and we are committed to pioneering further packaging innovation.”

Last month, Mondi partnered with Austrian food company Handl Tyrol to develop a high-barrier, mono-material polypropylene packaging solution for bacon.