We care about our planet as much as you do. It shows in the way we operate our business and the products we source for yours. When it comes to sustainability, we’re committed to leading the way and keeping you updated on the single-use plastics (SUP) bans – we want to ensure that you can make a quick shift to a planet-friendlier product assortment. That’s why we work closely with vendors to source more sustainable product options, and our category experts are here to help you minimize your business’s eco-footprint. Learn more about our sustainability initiatives:

How Single Use Plastic Bans in Canada Affect YOUR Business

To reduce plastic pollution, the Government of Canada introduced a multi-phase ban on the manufacture, import, and sale of six single-use plastic categories – checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware, ring carriers, stir sticks and straws.

By the end of 2022, the manufacture and import of these products will be banned. Their sale within Canada will be banned effective December 31, 2023. Manufacturers have already halted production, so product inventory will be limited as soon as January 2023. By then, more sustainable alternatives will be in very high demand, so the time to act is NOW.

Planet-friendlier Options And How to Choose Them

Transitioning from single-use plastics (SUP) products is challenging. Let our experts show you how to select the right substrates and formats designed to provide fit for purpose as well as protection from current and pending environmental legislation.


Download our FREE Sustainable Packaging Selection Guide now!

3 Easy Steps to Make the Change

We’ve built the assortment you need, and our experts can help you select fit-for-purpose items and develop your transition plan. Here’s how:

1. Our Global Sourcing Team has created supply relationships with the leading developers and producers of planet-friendlier food packaging around the world to establish an inventory position to support our customers.

2. Our product experts understand the packaging substrates and their end-of-life management. They’re here to help you select the right products and create and implement a new, updated price file.

3. We’ll work with you to develop an efficient transition plan to minimize waste and cost.

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Green Product Sourcing

We know we can make a difference, and so can you. That’s why we work with our suppliers to bring you recyclable or certified green products and choose manufacturers with sustainable production practices. Our scale and central position in the distribution supply chain means we’re well-placed to provide alternatives to single-use plastics and packaging that is more recyclable and compostable.

Sustainable Packaging Playbook

Download the Sustainable Packaging Playbook to help you evaluate existing packaging materials, explore more sustainable alternatives and determine the best product/purpose fit to maximize performance and minimize environmental impact. You’ll learn how to use resin codes to identify different plastic types and how to recycle them, as well as helpful examples of common plastic products.

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Environmental Responsibility Day-to-Day:

  • If the lights don’t need to be on, they aren’t. End of story.
  • Our e-warehouse system eliminates paper documents and dramatically reduces the need for recycling and waste management.
  • Recycling programs are in place at every Bunzl facility.
  • Our trucks produce fewer emissions thanks to a tracking system that reduces idling time.

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