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Holz-Bauer and Mondi introduce “PelletBag”

Holz-Bauer and Mondi introduce “PelletBag”
Mondi showcased its new "PelletBag" at the recently held ExpoBiomasa 2023 in Valladolid, Spain (photo courtesy Jeanette Fogelmark).

UK-headed pulp, paper, and packaging major Mondi plc has created new paper bags for Austrian wood pellet producer Holz-Bauer KG replacing unnecessary plastic. Available in white and brown, and in a range of sizes up to 25kg, Mondi's "PelletBag" were recently showcased at ExpoBiomasa 2023 in Valladolid, Spain.

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Mondi’s PelletBag is created from 2-ply Mondi kraft paper which is produced, printed, and converted in-house before being sent to Holz-Bauer for filling and closing, using its secure sewing method with a static binder machine.

With PelletBag, Holz-Bauer will replace their existing plastic bag solution; currently an industry standard for wood pellets.

Holz-Bauer’s move to paper packaging is indicative of the trend toward using more sustainable packaging solutions.

Mondi and Holz-Bauer have complementary sustainability goals, that aim to contribute to a circular economy. Holz-Bauer’s pellets are created from sawmill residues sourced from local businesses.

Our whole company ethos is about providing natural products and keeping all materials that we use in the system as long as we can. By partnering with Mondi, we are working with a company that has the same goals – the team helped us create packaging that will be right for our products and our eco-conscious consumers, said Martin Bauer, Owner of Holz-Bauer.

A fully cascaded product and packaging

Using sawmill residue in this way is in adherence to the principle of the cascading use of wood, which Mondi supports, and leverages the full value of fibre.

Holz-Bauer and Mondi introduce PelletBag replacing plastic with paper (photo courtesy Mondi).

This means that wood is used first for high-performance products with hygiene or strength requirements, such as kraft paper, and successively recycled until the residues are burned for green energy at the end of life.

Mondi’s kraft paper is created from renewable, responsibly sourced fibres and the final paper bag can be disposed of in existing European recycling streams.

The bags have high tear resistance and can be stored and transported easily. Holz-Bauer’s 15kg PelletBag has an artisan design to reflect its own product and business identity.

We work along the approach of using paper where possible, and plastic when useful – PelletBags provide the required strength and protection to pack wood pellets. Using packaging from the same renewable resource as the contents themselves increases the brand value of the product, providing a sustainable and convenient solution for the end user, commented Fabio Barbieri, Sales Director of Paper Bags, Mondi.

Mondi’s PelletBag is available in white and brown, in a range of sizes up to 25kg, and were recently showcased at ExpoBiomasa 2023 in Valladolid, Spain.

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