Mondi`s FunctionalBarrier Paper wins Gold at DOW Packaging Innovation Awards

  • Les Crudettes declared Gold winner at this year´s Packaging Innovation Awards by DOW using FunctionalBarrier Paper by Mondi.

  • The recyclable packaging was judged in the categories of sustainability & responsible packaging and technological advancement.

  • French vegetable producer Les Crudettes uses the paper-based solution to replace plastic packaging for its ready-to-eat salads in France.

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, and French Les Crudettes - LSDH Group's Vegetable Division were recognised as Gold winner at this year´s Packaging Innovation Awards by DOW for using recyclable FunctionalBarrier Paper manufactured by Mondi to protect ready-to-eat salads.


This prestigious prize follows five other wins scooped last year for the innovative paper-based solution.

Mondi’s FunctionalBarrier Paper replaces plastic films and laminates traditionally used for FMCG and consumer products with a recyclable and renewable solution. It consists of 95% paper with a functional barrier layer and keeps Les Crudettes salad just as fresh as the previous alternative. Mechanical properties include puncture resistance, flexibility, printability and barrier protection. The applied coating technology creates individual barriers against grease and water vapour while ensuring freshness for up to 10 days – the same amount of time as with the former plastic packaging.


Mondi used its EcoSolutions approach to work closely with Les Crudettes to help the company meet its sustainability goals of reducing the amount of plastic in its packaging for its salads. The packaging is verified as recyclable in the wastepaper stream in France and saves 137 tonnes of plastic per year. Additionally, the solution supports Mondi’s MAP2030 sustainability goal to make 100% of its products reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.


"Les Crudettes gave us the challenge of developing a fully recyclable paper-based packaging solution and we are pleased that the Packaging Innovation Award acknowledges FunctionalBarrier Paper for its sustainability credentials.It is an ideal example of creating packaging that is designed for recycling. We are pleased that our product has been honoured as a Gold winner."


Falk Paulsen, Sales & Business Development Director Functional Paper and Films, Mondi



Géraldine Collet, Marketing and Innovation Director, Les Crudettes, adds: “This award is a recognition of our ground-breaking innovation; our bags could revolutionise the ready-to-eat salad market. Working together with Mondi has resulted in hugely reducing the amount of plastic needed.” The Packaging Innovation Awards by Dow, which took place in a virtual ceremony on 31 March 2022, recognise outstanding packaging projects from around the globe. They showcase the most innovative breakthroughs based on the criteria of sustainability, technological developments and enhanced user experience.

A group of independent judges from seven countries – and representing more than 300 years of combined industry experience – evaluated 189 submissions from companies worldwide. The packaging projects range from food and beverage applications to homecare and even electronic goods.


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 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 2021, Mondi had revenues of €7.7 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.5 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.


About Mondi Functional Paper and Films

Mondi Functional Paper and Films (FPF) is part of Mondi’s Business Unit Engineered Materials, providing paper and film-based solutions such as release liners, barrier coatings, and technical films following our approach paper where possible and plastic when useful so we can provide customers with products that are sustainable by design. The industries served are graphic arts, labels, tapes, fibre composites, industrial, building insulation, hygiene, medical, envelopes, food & consumer goods, corrugated case linings, foam liners, automotive, and industrial packaging. Oriented towards a sustainable future and committed to quality, Mondi FPF is an agile and innovative partner with technically advanced expertise, global availability, and customised solutions.


Well-connected within the Mondi Group, we are an integrated part of the value chain. Mondi FPF can imagine, design, and create innovations to meet the rapidly changing demands in the industry, and has access to an international network of specialists with over 11 plants in seven countries and three continents.