The Plastics Problem

An Overview

  • Currently, 98% of the inputs used to create plastic packaging are made from virgin (non-recycled) materials, most of which are based on fossil fuels.
  • 90% of plastics are never recycled
  • The result: plastic increases in landfills, incinerators, and our environment.

Bio-Based Plastics Definition

Plastics Derived From Renewable Inputs

Compostable Bio-Based Plastics Can Help Combat Plastic Pollution

Less food/plastic waste to landfill

Reduced landfill methane emissions

Compost as soil amendment

Compostable Bio-Based Plastics: Keys to Success

Use where it makes sense: bringing food waste to composters

Develop composting infrastructure: expand commercial scale compost facilities in the U.S.

Clear labeling: help users and processors understand if material should be composted or recycled

Bio-based Plastics

Part of the Solution

Improved Circularity

Reduce Fossil Fuel Consumption

Versatile End-of-Life Options

Same or Better Functionality

Boost to U.S. Bioeconomy


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