TC Transcontinental Packaging is set to replace the packaging of its Publisac, a first-rate distribution vehicle for weeklies in Québec, Canada.

Publisac will be replaced by a bag that reuses 100% residual plastic.  The printed content and the Publisac bag are recyclable.

TC Transcontinental intends to reuse residual plastic in its flexible packaging production and for Publisac to further limit environmental impact.

This year, the company also plans to test bag formats with less plastic and paper jacket alternatives as packaging for Publisac.

TC Transcontinental president and CEO François Olivier said: “As a leader in flexible packaging in North America, we have the resources, the knowledge, the financial capacity and the desire to play a similar role to ensure the transition towards a circular economy for plastic in Québec.

“This effort will benefit from a collaborative approach involving all stakeholders, including private companies and industry groups as well as public administrations, sorting facilities, legislators and regulatory authorities, academics and experts, environmental organisations, citizens and citizen groups.

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“Today, we are calling on all of them in order to realise this major and forward-looking project for Québec.”

“This effort will benefit from a collaborative approach involving all stakeholders.”

TC Transcontinental joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment initiative in March.

The company is committed to making 100% of its plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

It has also invited the Montréal Metropolitan Community (MMC) and its members to sign up to the initiative.

Last month, the Canadian flexible packaging supplier acquired Multifilm Packaging, a US-based producer of packaging solutions for confectionery, snacks and dry foods markets.