Mondi sponsors Bristol Gulls as they row across the Atlantic to raise awareness for plastic pollution

Thu, 10. December 2020
Partnerships & sponsoring, Sustainability
sustainability, circular economy, flexible packaging, recyclable packaging
by Newsroom

  • Four women from the Bristol Gulls will take on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, rowing across the ocean in an Eco Boat to raise awareness around plastic pollution
  • They will have a 55-day supply of mainly freeze-dried meals packed in Mondi’s award-winning BarrierPack Recyclable, a fully recyclable mono-material that supports a circular economy
  • The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge begins on 12 December 2020, covering 4,800km from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua


Mondi, a global packaging and paper manufacturer, is the main sponsor for the Bristol Gulls, a four-woman team taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. They will be rowing an Eco Boat for the 4,800km race and consuming food freeze dried in recyclable packaging provided by Mondi.

The Bristol Gulls will be the first team to race an Eco Boat in the challenge, underlining their commitment to sustainability and raising awareness around plastic pollution. The boat has been designed and built to have a reduced impact on the environment, by using responsibly sourced materials, recycled content, and renewable energy.


“We wanted the boat to be sustainable, alongside everything else, including our food packaging, clothing, cosmetics and hygiene products. We were thrilled to find Mondi manufactured fully recyclable pouches that would fulfil all our requirements. We have focused on working with companies that show a true commitment to sustainability and felt that Mondi certainly did this,” said crew member Phoebe Wright of the Bristol Gulls.


The crew vacuum-sealed their freeze-dried meals in Mondi’s award-winning mono-material to keep their food safe at sea. Considering the rowers will burn in excess of 5,000 calories per day in their 6 weeks at sea, nutrition is really important.


Flexible plastic packaging like BarrierPack Recyclable can extend food’s shelf-life, reducing food waste and optimising transport. This is all part of the puzzle when creating packaging that is sustainable by design. It is also important that flexible packaging is recyclable, so it can be part of the circular economy and keep plastic out of the ocean. That is why we are proud to support the Bristol Gulls in their campaign to raise awareness for plastic pollution. We wish them all the best for their epic challenge.

Stijn De Wit, Head of Marketing for Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials from Mondi


Judith Wronn
Senior Communication Manager, Mondi Flexible Packaging & Engineered Materials
Tel: +49 151 17714692
Email: [email protected]


Caption: Mondi’s BarrierPack Recyclable campaign: The ocean is for fish is displayed on the side of the Bristol Gulls boat.  Mondi believes that our oceans matter. That’s why we at Mondi have invented BarrierPack Recyclable – award-winning packaging that is recyclable*. No downcycling. No waste to landfill. Our BarrierPack Recyclable is perfectly suited for food, pet care, home and personal care packaging that adds brand value, and supports the circular economy. Find out more at:


About Mondi

Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, contributing to a better world by making innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is fully integrated across the value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is at the centre of our strategy and intrinsic in the way we do business. We lead the industry with our customer- centric approach, EcoSolutions, where we ask the right questions to find the most sustainable solution. In 2019, Mondi had revenues of €7.27 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.66 billion.

Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

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