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PBPC Newsletter August 5, 2022


Welcome to the Plant Based Products Council Newsletter! If you have friends or colleagues interested in our industry, please let them know they can sign up for our newsletter. Then, 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.

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VIEW PBPC’S 2022 CONSUMER RESEARCH FINDINGS

PBPC is thrilled to announce the release of our 2022 consumer research survey. By surveying a representative sample of Americans, we uncovered new information on consumer attitudes toward plant-based products, the biobased industry, and perceptions on sustainability as a whole. Key findings include:

  • 82% of consumers have been exposed to or used plant-based products.
  • 36% of Americans are “trying plant-based products out,” a 9-point increase compared to 2021 data.
  • Consumers cite the environment, product quality, and perceived ‘healthiness’ of products as top drivers of interest when purchasing plant-based products.
  • 66% of consumers said they are more likely to vote for a candidate who has shown support for sustainability initiatives around energy, agriculture, waste, alternatives to plastic, clean air, clean water, and/or the environment.

To view more 2022 consumer research highlights, visit the PBPC website. The full results of our consumer research study are only available for PBPC members. To learn more about the consumer research program, contact PBPC’s Jessica Bowman.

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SAVE THE DATE! PBPC’S 2023 EVENT

PBPC is excited to officially announce the date of our first-ever conference. On March 27-29, 2023 PBPC will bring together our members, industry leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders for an informative networking conference in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for more information and details as we get closer to the event.

If you’re interested in speaking at or sponsoring the PBPC conference, please reach out to PBPC’s Keniece Barbee.

GET READY FOR BIOPLASTICS WEEK 2022

The eighth annual Bioplastics Week is quickly approaching! From September 12 – 16, follow along on social media as the bioplastics industry shares infographics, reports, blog posts, and videos on the importance and promise of bioplastics. PBPC is excited to partner with Plastics Industry Association, the Biodegradable Products Institute, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, European Bioplastics, and USDA’s BioPreferred Program by sharing our own educational materials on the ways our members are leveraging bioplastics and their many applications.

If you’re interested in contributing materials that share further information on bioplastics, contact PBPC’s Jessica Bowman. You can also learn more about Bioplastics Week here.

U.S. SENATE PASSES RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING LEGISLATION

Recently, the U.S. Senate passed S. 3743, the Recycling and Composting Accountability Act, and S. 3742, the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act. These bills will improve data collection on recycling and composting systems to inform more data-driven waste management infrastructure policies. 

Now, PBPC is working to help their companion bills move forward in the House. Join our efforts by encouraging your own legislators to co-sponsor these bills. Click here to send a letter!

PBPC SECURES SENATE FY 23 APPROPRIATIONS LANGUAGE FOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

The Senate Appropriations Committee released text for all twelve FY23 appropriations bills on July 28. The Senate’s agriculture appropriations bill included report language for two PBPC research studies to be conducted by USDA: (1) a comparative study of the U.S. bioeconomy with that of other nations and (2) a study of existing life cycle analyses for key biobased chemicals, polymers, plastics, and fibrous materials and environmental impact data across various categories, and to make its findings publicly available for consumers and industry to access. The report language for the two studies mirrors report language included in the FY22 omnibus appropriations passed by Congress nearly halfway through the fiscal year. Repeating the report language in the FY23 agriculture appropriations provides USDA with a clear signal that the research studies are important to pursue and complete.

IBRL SHORT COURSE ON REVITALIZING CORN PROCESSING FOR THE FUTURE

On October 5-6, the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) is hosting a two-day short course that will explore ways to valorize under-utilized corn processing capacity in the U.S. With speakers from LanzaTech, IFF, Alto Ingredients, Black & Veatch, Fluid Quip Technologies, and more. This course will discuss ongoing efforts to better employ existing corn processing infrastructure to serve the growing industrial biotechnology economy.

Registration is currently open, but it is filling up quickly. IBRL is represented on PBPC’s Advisory Board by Beth Conerty, IBRL’s Associate Director of Business Development.

PBPC IS HIRING A SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER

PBPC is on the search for a new Sustainability Manager! In this role, you will lead the development and execution of PBPC sustainability strategy at the international, federal, and state levels through continuous communication and interaction with relevant stakeholders, strategic partners, and alliances on agricultural, manufacturing processes, and product sustainability. 

More information about the role is available here. Applicants should submit resumes to [email protected] with “Manager, Sustainability” in the subject line.

PBPC’S MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM

Interested in becoming a PBPC member? All PBPC members receive a variety of benefits that provide their organization a voice in Washington, while helping them stay up-to-date on the latest policy developments, communicate with their audiences, access valuable insights, and more. Tiered membership levels are available to fit the needs of any member of the plant-based products supply chain. Visit our website or reach out to PBPC’s Keniece Barbee to learn more.

PLANT BASED INNOVATIONS

Almost every day we see new developments in the plant-based space. Here are a few of our favorites that provide insights on the industry today and what’s ahead for circular innovations.

NBC News: Beyond Paper And Plastic, The Quest For The Perfect Straw Continues

POPSUGAR: Pineapples, Fishing Nets, And More Sustainable Materials Landing In Your Closet

Sharp Magazine: Meet The Shockingly Green Materials From The Industry’s Top Automakers

SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS & NEWS

As more consumers seek environmentally-friendly products, corporations are adapting to meet these demands through more sustainable solutions. Here are some of the top stories covering these trends and providing insights on the latest industry news.

Ag Daily: Report Zeros In On Plant-based Product Use Throughout The U.S.

CNN Business: Shorter Flaps, Thinner Boxes, Less Color: Inflation Is Changing How Products Are Packaged

EcoWatch: Sprite Ditches Green Bottle in Favor of ‘Greener’ Option, Environmentalists Call Greenwashing

GOVERNMENT UPDATES

With environmental reform being a top priority for the Biden administration, there are constantly new developments in the regulatory space on the issue. Here are a few of the top happenings in the Administration, on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. legal landscape.

The New York Times: Seven Key Provisions In The Climate Deal

Politico: A Sustainable Climate Deal

Bloomberg Law: Chemical Recycling Bills Gain Momentum And Opposition In States

PBPC MEMBER NEWS

The dedicated work of our members toward a more sustainable future never ceases to amaze us. From setting sweeping environmental commitments, to partnering with others to make sustainable solutions more accessible, to launching new plant-based materials. Below, find some of the impressive work of our members over the last two weeks.

Eco-ProductsPresident Ian Jacobson with Ved Krishna on the Good Garbage Podcast

Eco-ProductsExpanded Options for Cutlerease Cutlery Dispensing System

erthos: White Paper on “An Overview of Composting, and Compost Validation” Announced

EvanesceWhen Las Vegas Casinos See Green Today, It’s More Than Just Money

FootprintPhoenix Suns Awarded NBA Changemaker of the Year Award for Partnership with Footprint

FootprintGillette uses Plant-Based Packaging from Footprint | Healthcare Packaging

Genpak: Genpak Expands Durable Clover Product Line

GevoGevo Closes on Net-Zero 1 Facility Land in Lake Preston

NovamontNew Sustainability Report and Impact Report

NovamontDiscover the polynSPIRE Project, a European Partnership

NovamontNational Stakeholder Event of the Bionanopolys Project Organized by Novamont

PepsiCo: PepsiCo Closes on Second Green Bond

TIPA: Jane Dough, the Australia Baker Who Switched to Compostable Bags

TIPA: How Wasted Food Could Save the Planet | Opinion (newsweek.com)



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