PBPC Newsletter January 7, 2021

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 Newsletter December 16, 2020

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With the new year comes the launch of PBPC’s members program. Open to companies, consultants, associations, universities, research institutes, and individuals, learn more about membership tiers and benefits here. Join us in creating a more sustainable future! 


We are excited to showcase our first member spotlight – an in-depth look at member company Green Dot Bioplastics of Kansas. The following piece highlights their marine biodegradable plastic and examines how Green Dot and similar firms can play a role in boosting America’s rural economy through the creation of new jobs – from engineering to manufacturing.
We plan to offer a new member spotlight about every two weeks. Each new piece is developed in collaboration with the featured member and supported by PBPC’s social media channels.
PBPC’s Plant-based LeadersKansas Firm Green Dot Bioplastics Fuels Rural Economy


The past year marked exceptional growth for our industry and impressive technical advancements across our value chain. A number of reporters used the New Year as an opportunity to either look back at the best innovations and advancements or look forward to 2021.
Politico: Sustainability Movements With Staying Power
Forbes($): 2021: The Year Of The Package
GreenBiz: 5 Sustainable Packaging Developments to Watch in 2021
Foodbev Media: Top Packaging Innovations Of 2020


No, it’s not what’s for dinner. It’s two feedstocks each gaining traction and attention within our industry for their incredibly diverse applications for sustainable solutions.
Borgen Magazine: Seaweed And Sustainable Solutions Fight Poverty
The Print: How Mushrooms Can Be The Ultimate Sustainable Material


Companies continue to meet goals and set new benchmarks for sustainability – many of which could be achieved through the use of plant-based products. A round of applause for the following friends of our cause: H&M, Disney, and Adidas.

WWD: H&M Group Starts Using Paper Packaging
Laughing Place: Disney Shares Environmental Goals For 2030
Triple Pundit: Adidas: Sustainable Materials In 60% Of Products Next Year


First, the Department of Energy has new funds for bioenergy R&D. Then, when it comes to ESG, the world of finance was exceptionally busy over the holiday break. Below, additional news about institutional investors, green bonds, venture capital, and more, all related to our industry.
Biodiesel Magazine: DOE Announces $35M For Bioenergy
The Wall Street Journal($): Going Green Saves Bond Borrowers Money
CNBC: Blackrock: Climate Change Central To Investing Strategy
Financial Times($): Sustainable Clothing: Green Shoots
Bloomberg($): U.S. Falls Behind EU In Fast-Growing ESG Market
Bloomberg($): ESG, Bonds To Surge In Canada After Record Year
European Biotechnology: European Circular Bioeconomy Fund Growing


The financial markets are not the only ones that refused to rest over the break. Government at every level, both here and abroad, continued to address sustainability matters in ways large and small. Here is some of what you might have missed while taking a well-deserved holiday break.
The Washington Post($): Stimulus Deal Includes Provisions To Fight Climate Change
USA Today: How Stimulus Bill Tackles Warming Planet
The New York Times($): Biden Introduces His Climate Team
ABC News 4: Senate Bill Aims To Stop Litter In Oceans
DW: EU Bans Plastic Waste Exports To Poor Nations
JD Supra: California Legislature Recycles Single-Use Plastics Regime


For the bulk of our products, agriculture provides the ingredients for our industry’s value chain. And ever since humankind first planted a seed many millennia ago, we have sought ways to improve yields while reducing environmental impact. Our Stone Age ancestors would be proud.

Wall Street Journal($): Ag Bets On Carbon As New Cash Crop
Triangle Business Journal: Ag Embraces Sustainability With Four Pillars
Food Dive (White Paper): How Food Companies Are Achieving Sustainable Energy
Forbes($): Consumer Companies Are Accelerating Investments in Regenerative Ag
Environment + Energy Leader: Danone North Expands Regenerative Ag Program


Not every news story is a good one for our industry. Here are a few issues we should all be aware of as we seek to understand the latest news and work to solve sustainability challenges.
Bloomberg: China’s Online Shopping Addiction Is Killing Its Green Packaging Drive
BBC NewsChina Biodegradable Plastics ‘Failing To Solve Pollution Crisis’
USA Today: Plastics Are Leaching Hazardous Chemicals
GreenBiz: A Lot Of Certified Sustainable Products Aren’t, And That’s About To Change

PBPC MEMBERS KEEP AT IT Even as the year wrapped up, our members refused to slow down in their impressive sustainability efforts. A tip of our winter cap to all of you who contributed to these important programs, initiatives, and educational campaigns.

While you’re here, check out PBPC’s 2021 Board Chairman, Paul Bloom, giving a shoutout to our organization on the Earth911 podcast.

Amy’s Kitchen: Becomes B Corporation
Archer Daniels Midland: Predicted Food & Sustainability Trends For 2021
Biopak: Graphics On Their Environmental Impact In 2020
Cargill: Sustainable Soy Supply Chains
Emerald Brand: Quarterly Sustainability Impact Report
Emerald Brand: 3/4 Of Customers Are Willing To Pay More For Sustainably Packaged Products
Footprint: Virtual Tour Of Their Lab For New Sustainable Products
Footprint: How 3-D Printers Create Sustainable, Bio-Based Packaging
Just Salad: CEO Named One Of NY’s Top Sustainability Leaders
Multipackaging Solutions/WestrockConsumer Study On Sustainability
Multipackaging Solutions/WestrockOne Of Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies
Natureworks: Sustainable Plastics Move Into The Mainstream
NovamontDemonstrating The Efficacy Of Production Of Bio-Based Materials
PepsiCo: 6 Ways PepsiCo Supported People And Planet In 2020 (Video)
PepsiCo Via Packaging Europe: A Behind-The-Scenes Look At PepsiCo’s New 100% Rpet Pledge
SmartSolve: Water-Soluble Paper Products Are Sustainable Solution For Present Wrapping
Tate & Lyle: On Efforts To Improve People’s Lives And The Environment
Tetra Tech: USAID Partnership On Sustainable Farming In Kosovo
Tetra Tech2020 Work In Sustainability And Science-Based Solutions 
TIPA Via Packaging Europe: ULMA And TIPA Predict Industry Shift To Biomaterials