Mondraker introduces 100% recyclable packaging

Mondraker recyclable packaging
(Image credit: Mondraker)

Mondraker has launched an industry first: completely recyclable packaging for its bikes. Designed in-house and from the ground up, specially designed cardboard boxes hold all components firmly in place without the need for foam or plastic zip-ties.

The Spanish MTB specialist — whose bikes feature among the best lightweight mountain bikes, best electric mountain bikes, and best hardtail mountain bikes — states that it has long been committed to working towards a more sustainable future. There’s no denying that despite offering a green alternative to travel, cycling as an industry has a huge waste problem, so this development from Mondraker could be a total game-changer.

Starting now, all Mondraker mountain bikes will be shipped in specially designed cardboard packaging that can be easily recycled. Alongside the recyclable cardboard, Mondraker will be using organic, compostable elements, including an adhesive tape made from rice and a security seal made from potato pulp. Packaging will also include two reusable Velcro straps, while on the exterior of the box, all inks used will be biodegradable.

In the announcement on its website, Mondraker says: "Environmental issues and images are constantly highlighted to us in the news and fill our social media feeds daily. As a manufacturer, we know there are positive steps and changes we can make to help lessen our impact on the world. In this regard, here at Mondraker, we have been making a concerted effort over the last few years to become more sustainable and environmentally aware."

The brand states it is fully aware of the need to protect bikes in transit just as much as before, which is why it has developed, through several prototypes, a cardboard packaging system that holds all components in place to prevent any damage. More than this, Mondraker claims that with its new packaging system, overall volume is reduced, which should save on shipping space, while the new internal layout of the box could reduce assembly time at the other end.

Mildred Locke
Freelance writer

Mildred previously worked as a review writer for Bike Perfect. She enjoys everything from road cycling to mountain biking, but is a utilitarian cyclist at heart. Determined to do everything on two wheels, she's even moved house by bike, and can regularly be found pedaling around Bristol and its surrounding areas. She’s spent over four years volunteering as a mechanic and workshop coordinator at the Bristol Bike Project, and now sits on its board of directors. Her expertise comes from previously working in a bike shop and learning the ins and outs of the industry, and she's previously written for a variety of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. At home on slicks and knobblies alike, her ideal ride covers long distances through remote countryside, on mixed terrain that offers a bit of crunch, followed by a gourmet campfire meal and an overnight bivvy beneath the stars.

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg