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PBPC Newsletter January 21, 2021


Read on for the latest amazing innovations, trends, and developments happening right now in the sustainability and bioeconomy world.

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NATIONAL POLITICAL ROUND-UP

The Biden team continues to announce new staff who will focus on sustainability and the environment. In addition, CNBC looks at how the results of the Georgia Senate races could impact the President-elect’s ability to drive change in these areas. 

Politico: Kerry Climate Team Takes Shape
The Washington Post: Biden Grows Climate Team
CNBC: Control Of Senate Allows Action On Climate Agenda

PLANT-BASED FEEDSTOCK INNOVATIONS

In our last issue, we brought you products and packaging made from mushrooms and seaweed. This time, we’ve got agricultural waste, microalgae, xylose, and more. (Your newsletter editor had never heard of xylose, which turns out to be the second-most abundant sugar found in nature. Come for the news – stay for the fun facts.)
 
Waste 360: Packaging Materials From Agriculture Waste
Business News Wales: Microalgae Could Be Crucial To Circular Economy
AZO Materials: New Xylose-Based Sustainable Polymer
Science Daily: Sustainable Polymer From Sugars In Wood
Phys.org: Bio-Based Replacements To Fossil Fuel Plastics

…AND THE COMPANIES THAT ARE USING THEM

Companies are increasingly turning to plant-based feedstocks to make the products customers find on shelves. Here are some of the latest consumer goods and packaging announcements – along with pledges other sustainability-minded corporations have made.

Live Kindly: Adidas’s Shoes Will Be Made From Fungi
Street Insider: Kraft Mac & Cheese’s Fiber-Based Cup
Foodtank: Compostable Wrapper Reclaims Carbon
Waste 360: A Sustainable Cooler Alternative To Styrofoam
GreenBiz: 2020 Meant Less Plastic On Tesco Shelves Across The UK
Forbes: Garnier Drops Plastic Shampoo Bottle For Sustainably-Packaged Bars

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Markets, investors, financial institutions, and government programs continue to drive sustainable practices through ESG investing and also progress in our industry. Meanwhile, the second Bloomberg piece looks at banking as a source of funding polluters.
 
The Wall Street Journal($): Banks Make A Climate Offering
Bloomberg($): Social Bonds Propel ESG Issuance To Record $732 Billion In 2020
Bloomberg($): Banks Directed $1.7 Trillion To Firms Causing Plastic Pollution

CIRCULAR NEWS COMES BACK AROUND

Efforts to grow and improve the circular economy are crucial to saving our planet. We applaud such innovation and advancements, even when our plant-based products are not directly involved. 
 
Edie.net: Survey: Circular Businesses Outperform Others
Freight Waves: Sustainable Packaging Trends
Fast Company: Dove’s New Deodorant Comes In A Refillable Case

OUR JOB IS NOT FINISHED

News concerning the environmental status of our planet continues to roll-in — and we here at PBPC are running out of ways to say it’s, “Not great, Bob.” In this issue: microfibers from our clothes fill the arctic ocean, plastic kills animal life, and e-commerce packaging problems.  

CNN: Arctic Ocean Polluted By Plastic Fibers From Clothes
Green Matters: Plastic Kills Millions Of Animals Every Year
Waste 360: E-Commerce’s Contribution To Plastic Pollution
Waste 360: What’s The Fix For The U.S. Plastic Waste Pile Up?

LEADING TRENDS AND IDEAS

Here are a few more stories that look ahead to 2021 and make predictions about our sustainability sector. Don’t miss the piece suggesting companies should have more responsibility for the waste generated by their products and packaging.
 
Fast Company: 7 Ways The Circular Economy Will Grow In 2021
Forbes: Why Startups Can’t Afford To Ignore Sustainability In 2021
EcoWatch: Why Plastic Pollution Is A Producer Responsibility

LIKE THE ENERGIZER BUNNY – BUT MORE SUSTAINABLE

Our members are pushing through the dark January winter with more great sustainability commitments, initiatives, programs, and products. Like that bunny, they simply don’t quit. Check out the latest below.
 
Accel LifestyleNew Line Of Sustainable Women’s T-Shirts 
Amy’s Kitchen: Joins Biodegradable Products Institute Board For 2021 
Archer Daniels Midland: Podcast Interview With Earth911 
Cargill: Discusses Technology’s Role In Sustainability 
​Emerald Brand: How Tree Free Technology Reduces Water Pollution 
Footprint: Plant-Based Packaging Earns Spot As Top Tech Solution  
Georgia Pacific: ​​​Virtual Forestry Tour On Responsible Sourcing Of Lumber  
Just SaladNew Meal Kits Have 90% Less Plastic Packaging   
Multipackaging Solutions/Westrock: New Chief Sustainability Officer Brandi Colander 
NovamontAcquires Biobag, Which Makes Compostable Bags
Pepsico: Commitment To Net Zero Emissions By 2040
VisolisHonored By City Of Hayward



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