Mondi is helping farmers grow their crops, having partnered with Cotesi, a producer of twine, nets and ropes made from synthetic and natural raw materials for the agricultural sector, to replace conventional plastic mulch film with a paper solution, Advantage Kraft Mulch.
Mulching films protect crops from birds, weeds, soil erosion, sun and heavy rain. These films are traditionally made from plastic, rolled out during planting and then removed and disposed of at harvest. Mondi’s Advantage Kraft Mulch provides a sustainable paper alternative: the solution is made from 100% kraft paper, with no plastic or coating. Advantage Kraft Mulch is an industrially compostable paper solution certified according to DIN EN 13432 and provides a comparable level of protection as plastic mulch film.
Field trials currently underway are promising: the kraft paper remains strong, inhibiting weed growth, and is expected to decompose after the harvesting season is finished. After harvest, the mulch paper needs to be covered with soil to start the decomposition process, which leaves no visible traces. Advantage Kraft Mulch adds organic matter to the soil while eliminating the need for disposal or recycling – reducing time, waste and cost. Compared to a traditional plastic mulch, there is no risk of microplastics entering the soil.
The paper solution is ideal for greenhouse applications as well as outdoor agricultural use, being easily fixed to the ground using wooden clips, before adding a slit or hole to allow healthy plant growth.