Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has once again won the prestigious EUROSAC Grand Prix Sack of the Year award, this year for its revolutionary EcoWicketBag.
EUROSAC, the European Federation of Multiwall Paper Sack Manufacturers, chose Mondi’s EcoWicketBag for its potential to reduce plastic packaging waste in the global hygiene industry. The packaging needs for this market are huge: the sector includes diapers, sanitary products and toilet and kitchen tissues - and the global diaper market alone is estimated to be worth approximately 65.9 billion U.S. dollars by 2027(1). The vast majority of the products have been wrapped in plastic - until now.
Mondi’s EcoWicketBag design is a paper-based packaging solution that provides an alternative to traditional plastic packaging, replacing it with renewable, recyclable paper. Created from strong virgin kraft paper sourced from sustainably managed forests, it is the first paper wicket bag that runs on existing equipment. It is available in a variety of sizes, is strong enough to handle the filling process and protect the product throughout the supply chain. EcoWicketBag’s design and printability ensure great on-shelf appeal, it is also easy to open and end-consumers know how to dispose of paper correctly.
The packaging industry’s latest innovations are presented each year at the EUROSAC Grand Prix. The main criterion of the competition is that the sack solutions must add value to the industry, whether in terms of innovation, sustainable development, design, high-quality printing or as a customer message carrier.
“We see the EcoWicketBag as a real game changer that increases the use of paper. This development can be implemented very quickly and responds to our industry’s objectives to produce more environmentally friendly bags”, explains jury president Matthias Becker-Gröning the jury’s choice.
Our bag-making expertise and knowledge of kraft paper meant we were able to rethink the whole packaging process to create the EcoWicketBag. Using our EcoSolutions approach, we worked closely with our customers to truly understand the needs of the consumers, the brands and the products. We explored all stages of production, supply and disposal. EcoWicketBag is sustainable by design, helping our customers to meet their sustainable goals and easily disposed of in existing paper streams, thereby supporting the circular economy.
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 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 2020, Mondi had revenues of €6.66 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.35 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.