Navigating the Shift from EPS to Sustainable Packaging

Discover the impact of EPS microplastics on marine pollution and the rising bans on EPS packaging. Explore Mondi's sustainable corrugated solutions as an eco-friendly alternative, balancing protection, cost, and environmental responsibility.

Navigating the Shift from EPS to Sustainable Packaging

As the United Nations works on the development of the Treaty on Plastic Pollution, governments from more than 170 nations are collaborating on policy measures to address the adverse environmental impacts of challenging-to-recycle plastics. The trend of introducing bans, levies, and increased disposal fees for EPS packaging materials is expected to persist, especially in areas lacking recycling infrastructure. Corrugated Packaging: A Sustainable Alternative Corrugated packaging solutions are both 100% recyclable and 100% compostable, positioning them as an ideal packaging material. Furthermore, Mondi's corrugated packaging solutions encompass a diverse portfolio of boxes made from recycled fibers. 

Paper-based packaging boasts an impressive 82.5% recycling rate in Europe, surpassing the combined recycling rates of all other packaging materials.7 The recycling potential of corrugated packaging is significant on a global scale, with paper fibers being recyclable numerous times at a high quality, sustaining their circulation.8,9 As a proponent of sustainable growth, Mondi's material and design experts are actively developing high-performance, corrugated solutions to facilitate a transition towards circular packaging for white goods and electronic equipment. Industries have traditionally relied on fragile EPS material to safeguard valuable products. 

While the cost perspective previously hindered the replacement of EPS materials with paper-based solutions, mandates such as those under the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) have altered economic considerations.10 Snug & Strong: Recyclable, Efficient, and Sustainable When it comes to white goods and electronic packaging, there is no one-size-fits-all solution – EPS can be prone to chipping or breaking during transport, resulting in costly product damage and returns. In designing Snug&Strong corrugated solutions, Mondi assembles a team of experts to collaborate with customers, comprehending their production line and packaging requirements. Whether developing a recyclable, multi-material packaging concept or strategizing to gradually replace EPS components over an extended period, collaboration enables the identification of sustainable and viable solutions. 

By endeavoring to replace EPS materials in packaging, manufacturers, in partnership with Mondi, have a unique opportunity to create fully recyclable packaging solutions while also streamlining and automating their packaging processes. Recyclable packaging that is fit for purpose satisfies consumer demands for sustainability and meets upcoming legislative requirements. Balancing Protection, Cost, and Sustainability Mondi’s Snug&Strong corrugated solution offers more than just protection – it can simplify the supply chain, enhance packaging processes, and enable brands to be more environmentally friendly. This custom-fit, 100% paper-based industrial packaging provides excellent protection for white goods and electronic equipment. 

Additionally, Snug&Strong is delivered flat and requires less space than traditional EPS packaging, making it easier to handle and less expensive to store and transport. Striking a balance between protection, cost, and sustainability in packaging is not always straightforward, but Mondi’s Snug&Strong corrugated solution proves to be a cost-efficient and viable alternative to EPS when considering the total cost of ownership.


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EPS Microplastics , Marine Pollution , Sustainable Packaging , Circular Economy , Mondi Solutions

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