Packaging and paper company Mondi has partnered with Tesco Central Europe on a recycled shopping bag initiative.

In this partnership, Mondi will use corrugated waste from Tesco’s warehouses to produce its EcoVantage recycled paper.

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

Mondi speciality kraft paper sales director Paulus Goess said: “Our EcoSolutions approach means we collaborate very closely with our customers to create the best possible product for their needs – using paper where possible and plastic when useful.

“We have been working on this project with Tesco for over two years, with the aim of reusing their warehouse waste to create a quality product that is strong in terms of performance, uses renewable resources and recycled material, and can be fully recycled and contribute to a circular economy.

“Our strong EcoVantage paper allows consumers to reuse shopping bags despite the recycled content and Tesco encourages its consumers to reuse them.”

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Tesco has committed to making its packaging fully recyclable by 2025 and reducing packaging wherever possible.

In November, shopping bags created with Mondi’s EcoVantage paper were trialled in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Tesco Hungary communication head Nóra Hevesi said: “We’ve already made great progress by removing 454t of hard-to-recycle material from our packaging so far, and it is exciting that we can close the loop by recycling our warehouse paper waste and use the recycled fibres in our shopping bags.”