Mondi receives Cradle to Cradle certification

Cradle to Cradle certification considers sustainability performance of a company

Mondi has received Cradle to Cradle certification at Bronze level for offering an extensive uncoated fine paper portfolio
Mondi has received Cradle to Cradle certification at Bronze level for offering an extensive uncoated fine paper portfolio

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, received the Cradle to Cradle certification at Bronze level for its fine uncoated papers produced in its mills in Austria, Slovakia, and Russia.

Mondi is thus the first to offer an extensive uncoated fine paper portfolio as Cradle to Cradle certified, meeting the high standards and demanding requirements of this certification scheme which marks the step from a linear to a circular economy. This includes Mondi’s well-known professional printing brands Color Copy and Pergraphica and its range of Nautilus, branded recycled papers, and a wide office paper portfolio.

Mondi to create circular-driven solutions for its consumers 

“We are proud to kick off the year with this strong sustainability achievement underlining our Mondi Action Plan 2030 (MAP2030) commitment to create circular-driven solutions. For many years, Mondi has been a leader and often a pioneer in the sustainability of its fine uncoated papers. For example, Color Copy became the world’s first FSCTM certified color laser paper in 2005. Thanks to our new Cradle to Cradle certification, our customers have a uniquely wide choice of products to support the environment and contribute to the circular economy without sacrificing quality or price,” said Devan Naidoo, marketing and sales director at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper.

The Cradle to Cradle certified products program is a globally recognized standard for safe, responsible materials and products made for the circular economy. The holistic approach follows nature’s principle of keeping materials and resources in circulation and eliminating waste. The Cradle awards the Cradle to Cradle certification to Cradle Products Innovation Institute dedicated to powering the circular economy through products that positively impact people and the planet.

The program assesses five categories of sustainability performance – material health, product circularity, clean air, climate protection, water and soil stewardship, and social fairness. Mondi’s uncoated fine paper portfolio has been assessed across all five categories, reaching levels from Gold to Bronze, thereby being the overall level of the final certification.




2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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