South Africa-based pulp and paper firm Sappi has provided German tea retailer TeeGschwendner with its paper-based packaging solution with integrated barrier functionality.

TeeGschwendner has used the company’s barrier paper for its pyramid teabags, MasterBag Pyramid.

The move will support the company’s goal to improve sustainability by creating packaging that is sourced from renewable raw materials.

The new barrier functionality will eliminate the need to use additional special coatings or laminations to the paper.

According to Sappi, this paper-based solution is cost-effective, reduces environmental impact and serves as an alternative to foils and plastic.

TeeGschwendner quality management director Dr Thomas Henn said: “Product protection is our top priority at TeeGschwendner. The health of our consumers and protecting the precious product, which combines a number of valuable resources, are extremely important.”

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“In addition to better handling and flavour protection, the new materials help increase the taste experience of each cup even further.”

TeeGschwendner used Sappi Guard Gloss 4-OHG for the outer packaging of its tea bags in order to protect the flavour inside the bag, as well as contamination by mineral oils and damage from other environmental factors.

TeeGschwendner managing director and tea taster Thomas Holz said: “Based on these production issues and our goal to redesign and relaunch all of our packagings in a sustainable manner, with product protection and environmental concerns in mind, we decided on the new MasterBag Pyramid format and a high-barrier, paper-based outer packaging, following a lengthy development and testing phase.

“In addition to better handling and flavour protection, the new materials help increase the taste experience of each cup even further.”

The tea manufacturers will be able to use these tetrahedron-shaped tea bags to pack standard tea, as well as flavoured green and black teas and Rooibos tea.

TeeGschwendner operates in the US, Austria, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Czech Republic and Germany.