Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. (MPM), a family-owned manufacturer that delivers high-performance specialty papers for the technical, packaging and printing markets, today announced its Kona® portfolio of packaging substrates that is made with non-wood fiber from used burlap bags diverted from the landfill. Monadnock entered an exclusive licensing agreement with Arch Paper LLC and Whiting Paper Company for the production of a range of Kona paper and board products. Under a patented process, Monadnock is incorporating reclaimed burlap coffee bean bags into a variety of print and packaging substrates for the retail and hospitality markets. The roasted shades and variegated fibers impart a beautiful and natural aesthetic that is smooth to the touch and pleasing to the eye. Monadnock's Kona line includes stocks for hang tags, price tickets, folding boxes and wet-strength labels. They are all Forest Stewardship Council Certified and are manufactured carbon-neutral using Green-e certified renewable electricity. Click Read More below for additional information.
Together with Nissha Metallizing Solutions, Koehler Paper has developed a premium product and is expanding its offerings in the NexPlus® group of innovative flexible packaging paper products. With its excellent oxygen, grease, and mineral oil barrier properties, the product is suitable for metallizing, making it perfect not only for packaging for food such as chips, energy bars, energy powders, and coffee, but also for non-food products such as cosmetics in powder or solid form. The extremely thin metallized vacuum coating ensures recyclability and contributes to a sustainable circular economy.
The Paper is made 100% with virgin fiber pulp from certified sustainable forestry and controlled sources and that is designed to be recyclable in conformity with the latest testing methods. In comparison to conventional plastic packaging, the flexible packaging paper reduces carbon footprints significantly and contributes to a sustainable circular economy. “The first packing machine performance tests have yielded very promising results. The barrier properties that provide resistance to oil and grease in the bags that were produced have turned out to be particularly outstanding,” explains Christoph Wachter, Head of the Flexible Packaging Paper division at Koehler Paper, when going over the initial test results for the innovation. Just like with all other Koehler NexPlus® paper products, this innovative product can be heat sealed too. In addition, it is characterized by outstanding strength, resistant barrier properties, and excellent printability. “The metallizing boosts the barrier properties to a whole new level, enabling us to guarantee excellent product protection and extraordinary product quality,” adds Nissha Metallizing Solutions CEO Giorgio Boss.
With the NexFlex® product range, Koehler Paper has developed a unique and 100 per cent recyclable generation of flexible packaging papers. The aim here is to replace plastic in packaging by using so-called barrier paper wherever possible. The next generation of papers for flexible packaging are sustainable barrier papers with functional surfaces for product-specific protection (NexPlus®). Various flexible packaging papers from Koehler Paper were awarded a score of 19 out of a possible 20 points by the environmental service provider Interseroh, along with the ‘Made for Recycling’ seal.