PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions

PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions took place April 8-10, 2024, in Omaha, Nebraska. PBPC’s annual conference convened members, industry leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the heart of America’s bioeconomy to discuss the industry’s current landscape and what lies ahead. 

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Why are plant-based products important?

How is the lifecycle of a plant-based product different from the lifecycle of a fossil fuel-based product? Plant-based products are made from renewable resources that can be disposed of in beneficial ways while many traditional products are made from non-renewable fossil fuels and often end up in landfills. Learn how you can add more plant-based products to your life.

As America faces a number of environmental imperatives, including a waste management crisis, growing greenhouse gas emissions, declining soil health, and diminishing water quality, increasing the adoption of renewable, plant-based products can help address these challenges.

The plant-based products industry brings quality, green jobs to small communities and contributes to quality of life improvements—both economically and environmentally. Learn more about the economic impact.

Further, the global appetite for environmentally responsible consumer goods is increasing. Expanding the plant-based products industry can help meet that demand while driving a circular economy that encourages the use of renewable resources and keeps those resources in use longer. Plant-based products offer more sustainable alternatives to traditional products and materials derived from fossil-fuels.

Plant Based Product Examples

Automotive Parts

Automotive Parts
Hemp combined with bioplastics make strong, durable interior automotive parts like door panels and dashboards.

Electronics

Electronics
Creating parts from plant-based materials represents the future of sustainable electronics.

Construction

Construction
Construction materials for outdoor decks made with plant-based plastics and composites are durable and environmentally friendly.

Agriculture

Agriculture
Plant-based, biodegradable mulching film helps control weeds, increase produce yields, and can be tilled back into the soil at the end of the growing season.

Furniture

Furniture
Durable bioplastic can be used to make sustainable, functional furniture.

Sportswear

Sportswear
Plant-based biopolyester is used to make highly functional sportwear that results in a greater-than 50% reduction in the CO2 footprint compared to traditional polyester.

Cosmetics

Cosmetics
Renewable, plant-based ingredients with properties like silicone can be used in skin and haircare products for a great skin-feel that are safe for the environment.

Packaging

Packaging
Plant-based biodegradable or compostable packaging offers an eco-friendly alternative to conventional polybags for the fashion industry.

Toys Games

Toys & Games
Bioplastic toys made with renewable feedstocks are more sustainable than their petroleum-based cousins.

Baby & Kids

Disposable Diapers
Plant-based fibers make disposable diapers a lot more planet-friendly and are just as adsorbent as conventional versions.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning Supplies
There are a wide variety of plant-based cleaners for industrial and home applications that get the job done without harsh chemicals or petroleum-based solvents.

Household Supplies

Bedding & Linens
Bedding made from renewable plant-based resources such as hemp, flax, or bamboo have environmental and functional benefits.

Office Supplies

Office Supplies
There are a wide variety of plant-based office supplies available – from cups to mouse pads.

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We have an extensive list of Product Examples or you can find specific products in USDA’s BioPreferred Catalog.

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Annual Report

PBPC’s 2023 Annual Report highlights our advocacy, policy, and communications accomplishments of 2023. Learn about our commitment to working with our partners, members, and stakeholders to advance the plant-based products industry.

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Leading the Way for Plant Based Products

The Plant Based Products Council is the premier advocacy organization focused solely on working with policymakers and other stakeholders to advance both education and policy that helps position the plant-based products industry as leaders in innovation, addressing critical environmental imperatives and providing jobs and economic opportunity to communities across the U.S. Learn how we are taking action on PBPC’s priority policy and communications objectives.  

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