Mondi opened the Group’s first recycling laboratory at its Frantschach mill in Austria to test the recyclability of paper and paper-based packaging using non-paper components such as coatings. Conducting recycling tests in-house speeds up the process for developing sustainable packaging. While paper packaging offers many sustainability benefits, it also has certain barrier functionality limitations for products like perishable food. To enhance its functionality, non-paper components such as barrier coatings may need to be added, which in turn can impact recyclability. The data collected at the laboratory can be used to improve existing products and provide reliable information about their environmental impact. Mondi will also use the results to determine how the design of new packaging can be improved as well as how best to improve the circularity of [our] material flows. The tests are carried out on various paper and paper-based packaging products developed by Mondi and can determine whether the packaging can be efficiently recycled. The laboratory works in a similar way to industrial recycling facilities, but on a smaller scale. Results generated provide concrete evidence that the material can be recycled.
The global public consultation for the Macedonia national forest certification system is now open. Stakeholders globally are invited to comment on its compliance with PEFC International’s Sustainability Benchmarks by 18 March 2017.
The Council for Sustainable Forest Management in the Republic of Macedonia is one of our newest national members after joining last November during the General Assembly. This means it’s the first time the national system has been submitted for endorsement.
The PEFC Collaboration Fund has played an important role in helping to prepare this national system for endorsement. Following on from an earlier project in the Balkans, we have been working with CNVP Macedonia since 2014 to guide Macedonia through the system development process.
The final objective of the project was the submission of the system to PEFC for endorsement.
Every national system submitted to us must go through a rigorous process before it can receive endorsement. This means we know our requirements are applied consistently at national level.
As part of this process, we seek comments and feedback from all interested parties through a 60-day global public consultation.
All comments received during the consultation will be provided to the independent organization carrying out the assessment. This valuable information will help determine whether the national system is in compliance with our international requirements.