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PBPC Newsletter August 20, 2019


PBPC Newsletter

August 20, 2019

Welcome to the Plant-Based Products Council Newsletter! Read on for the latest in PBPC news and activities, as well as some of the amazing innovations, trends, and developments happening right now in the sustainability and bioeconomy world! If you missed our last edition, check it out using the link below.

 

THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY SHOULD BE LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

We formed the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) to seek out and facilitate holistic solutions to the plastics crisis by bringing together businesses, governments, and nonprofits who want a cleaner environment. Bio-based products and materials offer a viable path toward a more sustainable global economy. This is why it’s so surprising to see the Wall Street Journal’s report that the plastics industry is fighting back.” Despite an alarming lack of evidence or specificity, these groups claim that bio-based plastic alternatives do more harm to the environment than traditional plastics.

Check out our new blog post dispelling some of the myths being promoted by the plastics industry.

 

CIRCULAR ECONOMY TRENDS, BOTH GOOD AND… CONCERNING

Solving the petrochemical plastic waste problem will require finding value in plastic packaging and ensuring that economic value is retained through circularity – recycling. Here are some of the best examples of how it is working, and unfortunately, some examples where challenges have not yet been overcome.

STATISTIC OF THE WEEK

Another newsletter, another great research project illustrating American’s concerns with plastic waste and their hope for better environmental solutions. The Shelton Group found 80% of people say “if they had the option to buy products and goods in something other than single-use plastic packaging, they would.”

Fast Company: (Op-Ed) What Will It Take To Break Our Plastic Addiction?

 

CORPORATE COMMITMENTS WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT

Here are some of the latest decisions made at leading companies that will improve our environment and address the challenge of petroleum-based plastic waste. Our applause and a heartfelt thanks to the following firms who are willing to be leaders in this important space.

 

HOW THE FOSSIL FUEL PLASTICS INDUSTRY DEFENDS ITS TURF

In our last newsletter, we saw how the Plastics Industry is ramping up its attack to ensure their single-use plastics do not lose market share, in part by fighting bans and cost increases. The Houston Chronicle takes those reports farther, and offers the industry’s perspective, quoting one source as saying, “Today it’s plastic bags, tomorrow they might say they don’t like Styrofoam cups and plastic water bottles.” And the second story tells us why they’re fighting so hard: such environmental initiatives can work.

 

CAN SCIENCE HELP ADDRESS THE MICRO-PLASTICS PROBLEM?

Microplastics are certainly not a micro problem. They can be found across the earth, from its highest reaches to its lowest depth, in our water, in our food and in us, as well. Here are two stories that suggest there might be creative ways to help remove them from our environment.



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