MARS Food has announced it is to use recyclable mono-polypropylene plastic (PP), in a move which it says is a first for microwavable rice pouches.
The firm said that it has plans to further scale the technology across its portfolio beginning in the back half of 2021.
It said that the use of high performing mono-pp material will allow it to retain the shape, shelf life, functionality and high safety standards needed for its brands’ packaging – while ensuring pouches can be mechanically and chemically recycled.
The move follows a three-year partnership between Mars Food and flexible packaging producer, Amcor. Mars Food told how the Australian-American firm shares its vision to support a circular economy where packaging doesn’t become waste.
Fiona Dawson, president at Mars Food, commented, “We’re committed to finding more sustainable solutions for our packaging that are food safe without compromising quality. This is a huge step for us towards our 2025 commitment of 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging. We believe in tackling the world’s sustainability challenges together, and through this partnership with Amcor, we will pilot, learn and then scale the volume of recyclable mono-polypropylene pouches across our portfolio.”
Michael Zacka, president of Amcor, added, “Our R&D team has invested their passion and expertise to develop a unique innovation roadmap of more sustainable solutions for plastic, paper and aluminium packaging. Thanks to that foresight and leadership in innovation, we are excited to announce yet another industry first in recycle-ready packaging. Launching our recyclable retort material in a stand-up pouch format that meets stringent food safety standards is a challenge, and Mars Food took this journey together with us. It will be a win when their brands deliver this innovation to consumers.”