PBPC Newsletter August 27, 2020
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.
PBPC’S NEWEST MEMBERS
Over the past month, PBPC has had the pleasure of welcoming five exciting companies to its membership roster. Learn more about our newest members below!
Biomass1 is an artificial intelligence-driven online marketplace that helps link buyers and sellers of biomass, including cash and dedicated crops, plant-based feedstocks (i.e., bioplastics, biochemicals), agricultural residue and waste, processed biomass residue (oil seed meal, wood residue, nut shells, hemp fiber, etc.), food waste, solid waste, and renewable carbon feedstock.
Dupont Tate & Lyle Bioproducts uses plant-based feedstocks to produce 1,3-propanediol, innovative ingredients utilized in personal care, home care, footware, outdoor apparel and performance gear, among other applications.
Lillian Augusta, LLC, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is seeking to revolutionize the Black hair care industry by offering plant-based braiding hair as a sustainable alternative to the plastic-based synthetic braiding hair currently on the market.
The Paradigm Project is social enterprise that works with donors and investors to create scalable business models that deliver social, economic, and environmental value within developing world communities.
Red Arrow Industries supplies processing machinery and equipment – like injection molders and heat transfer machines – to manufacturers, converters, and recyclers in the bioplastic value chain.
SHOEfabrik is a sourcing house for the footware industry, providing everything from product design to materials to supply chain, with a focus on bio and biodegrabable materials.
U.S. PLASTICS PACT LAUNCHES
This week marks the launch of the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and designed as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network. PBPC is proud to be a member of this ambitious initiative, which aims to unify diverse public-private stakeholders across the plastics (and bioplastics!) value chain to rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastics, to create a path toward a circular economy for plastic in the United States.
STATE-LEVEL POLITICS TAKE CENTER STAGE
California’s ballot initiative to place a one-cent fee on plastic packaging to fund recycling and boost compostable alternatives appears to have enough signatures to appear on the November 2022 ballot. The LA Times editorial page discussed its support for the initiative and other, related state legislation. Meanwhile, the Congressional sponsors of the Break Free From Plastic federal-level legislation are encouraging state lawmakers to introduce and enact similar legislation to tackle plastic pollution and packaging.
Waste 360: CA Initiative To Fight Plastic Pollution Submits Petitions To Qualify For Statewide Ballot
Plastics News: California Plastics Vote Headed To 2022 Ballot
Los Angeles Times Editorial: California Has The Cure For The Plastic Plague
Waste Today Magazine: Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act Blueprint Shared With State Legislators
Plastics News: Plastics And Politics Head To The State Level
PBPC’S FOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPERATIVES
Plant-based products can help address four global environmental trends that increasingly put our planet at risk. Specifically, we believe a shift toward more plant-based products will help solve environmental concerns related to greenhouse gases, solid waste, water quality, and soil health. Check out our one-pagers on each and feel free to use them in your own education efforts.
PAPER – ONE SOLUTION TO PLASTIC
Diageo, Unilever, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola are some of the biggest packagers out there, and each is researching ways to replace plastic with paper. Forbes and Plastics Today both offer deeper looks at the paper vs. plastic debate. Also below: advances in 3D printing, based on wood pulp feedstocks.
Plastics Today: Paper Or Plastic? For CPGs, The Answer Increasingly Is Paperboard
Forbes: Is Paper A More Sustainable Flexible Packaging Material Than Plastic?
The Packer: Going Biodegradable Requires Planning, Marketers Say
Chem Europe: Biopaste to Bioplastic
STARBUCKS GOES ALL PAPER FOR NEW REUSABLE CUP
Starbucks uses around 6 billion cups a year, and now some of those will be both reusable and completely paper. The new cup was created by Circular&Co. and will be available this month in the UK. Starbucks had introduced compostable and recyclable disposable coffee cups in London earlier in the year.
COMPOSTABLE FOOD LABELS
Whether you’re a backyard composter or industrial composter, the little plastic stickers on fruit and veggies are a potential soil contaminant. Now, four students at the University of Washington have started Nature’s Label, building a prototype with wax, paper, and a plant-based adhesive. The idea won Seattle University’s recent Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition.
Seattle Refined: Eco-Friendly Alternative To Plastic Stickers On Your Fruits/Veggies
MORE FABULOUS PLANT-BASED INVENTIONS & INNOVATIONS
Danimer Scientific and Wincup have won the 2020 Innovation in Bioplastics Award from the Plastics Industry Association for their backyard compostable plastic straw. The straw is compostable in a backyard setting and biodegrades in a marine environment without creating microplastics. Meanwhile, PriestmanGoode, based in London, is using cacao byproduct to help reduce plastic packaging used in takeaway food deliveries.
MORE MICROPLASTICS IN OUR MEALS & OCEANS & US
Microplastics are simply everywhere. Australian researchers found plastic equivalent to an entire grain of rice within seafood at a local grocery store. Meanwhile, other studies look at how plastic impacts sharks and seabirds — and human organs. The last two links below offer bigger-picture stories surveying the current science on plastic effects.
Daily Mail: Microplastics — Equivalent Of A Grain Of Rice Found In Sardine Flesh
Science Daily: Seafood Study Finds Plastic In All Samples
Eco-Business: Sharks Contaminated With Plastic
PHYS: Plastic Debris Releases Potentially Harmful Chemicals Into Seabird Stomach Fluid
ZME Science: Study Finds Plastic Particles In Human Organs, Raising Health Concerns
The Guardian: Plastic Pollution In Atlantic At Least 10 Times Worse Than Thought
Voice News: Reports: Microplastics A Growing Problem In Great Lakes
Fast Company: Scientists Are Trying To Find Out What Plastic Is Doing To Us
The Guardian: The Plastic We Use Is Slowly But Surely Killing Us
COMPANIES COMMITTED TO THE SUSTAINABILITY CAUSE
As more customers demand sustainable products and packaging, companies are bolstering their efforts. Kroger is moving its private label brands to sustainable packaging by 2030. And companies in the fashion industry, including Burberry, H&M, Nike, Stella McCartney, and DuPont Biomaterials, are working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Separately, LinkedIn has set a goal of zero waste certification by 2025.
Supermarket News: Kroger To Migrate All Our Brands Products To Sustainable Packaging
Sustainable Brands: The Future Of Fashion Is In Biomaterials
Waste 360: Linkedin Is On A Mission To Reach Zero Waste
Fast Company: Seventh Generation’s New Line Gets Rid Of All Its Plastic Packaging
ADVANCES IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The BBC looks at transforming plastic waste into building materials, while New Scientist examines PBTL, a plastic that can be recycled by “heating it at 100°C in the presence of a chemical catalyst for 24 hours.” And an op-ed posted to the Department of Energy takes a hopeful look at advances aimed at solving the plastics crisis.
BBC: Why Plastic Waste Is An Ideal Building Material
New Scientist: A New Type Of Plastic May Be The First That Is Infinitely Recyclable
Energy.gov: American Ingenuity Will Solve The Global Plastics Pollution Problem
Circular: Global ‘Socially-Inclusive’ Circular Economy ‘Action Hub’ Launched
Green Biz: Reusable Packaging Provides Untapped Payoffs For Business
CHINA POLICIES INCENTIVIZE SUSTAINABILITY
This article takes an important look at how China is driving efforts to become greener through policy and business incentives, especially through green bonds, supply chain rules, and a credit scoring system that examines sustainability.