What is Mono-Material Packaging? Your Ultimate Guide

What is Mono-Material Packaging?

Mono-material packaging is a packaging which is only composed of a singly type of material. This makes the recycling process much easier than packaging made from different materials; because it reduces the amount of energy required splitting or separating various materials. Therefore, the increased efficiency means that mono-material packaging is much more cost effective and faster.

Normally we will send the used packaging to recycling facilities. The problem is that most of the packaging consists of different materials; this then makes it difficult to sort and separate the packaging.

As we all know that anything that cannot be recycled is either burned or sent to landfill. So it is very important that we will use mono-material packaging, in this case there will be no more difficulty in recycling.

Today we will give you an ultimate guide of what is mono-material packaging.

 It’s an in-depth article that takes 15 minutes to read. 

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What is Mono-Material Packaging?

1) What is mono-material packaging? Further explanations

Mono-material packaging is a packaging which is only includes one type of material in its manufacturing, as opposed to a packaging made from different materials.

Because it only consist of a single material, mono-material packaging is typically easier to recycle than packaging made from different things. The most important reason is that it doesn’t need a pre-stage of splitting or dividing the various materials apart.

Fewer steps will mean less total recycling time. And it increases the likelihood that a packaging will actually be recycled. Not to mention some of the packaging that with different materials cannot be separated.

Longdapac recyclable high barrier mono material PE pouch

2) Why choose mono-material packaging?

Recycling mono-material packaging is easy and straightforward. You can just simply put them into recycling facility cause they are all the same material. This is 100% recyclable. Regular packaging with different materials is hard to recycle because of the need to separate film layers. This takes a lot of time, the film layer separated might not be that clean & tidy, and some of them might even cannot be separated.


Mono-material packaging is environmentally friendly. When it doesn’t need to separate the film layers, it also means there will be less energy consumption and less carbon footprint.


It involves less energy to manufacture it, and improves the efficiency of the production process.


Recycling of mono-material packaging adds to the circular global economy. It is 100% recyclable, which helps to eliminate the material waste and over usage of resources. Provided that less than 30% of current multi-layer packaging is recycled, then you will see what a big improvement of this 100% recyclable mono-material packaging.

3) Market trend of mono-material packaging

As we know mono-material packaging is still new in the market, especially the high barrier mono-material packaging only available these 2 years.

So the packaging with different materials is dominating the market, especially for high barrier packaging. But we are seeing the trend on mono-material packaging continues to grow with a compound annual growth rate of 3.8%, so we can see this sustainable packaging is the market trend today and the future.

It is foreseeable that mono-material packaging will be the main packaging in the future.

4) What kind of packaging materials can be used for mono-material packaging?

Mono-material packaging could be made out of paper, plastic, glass, fabric, metal or other materials.

But in flexible packaging industry, there will be mainly PP and PE, which also means:

PP mono-material packaging

PE mono-material packaging

5) How Longdapac can help?

Longdapac is the leading flexible packaging manufacturer from China. We focus on sustainability packaging as you can see below:

Longdapac is the best MDO-PE film supplier in China.

Longdapac is the first high barrier MDO-PE film supplier in China.

Longdapac is the first Chinese factory who can make high barrier mono-material PE pouch.

Longdapac recyclable high barrier mono-material PE pouches can meet the recyclability of

Longdapac is a BRC and ISO certified factory with annual capacity of more than 25,000 tons.

Basically Longdapac can satisfy all your recyclable packaging needs, both standard and high barrier.


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