PBPC Newsletter July 16, 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 Newsletter July 1, 2020


PBPC has welcomed four new members over the past month, including a start-up called Carbon Materials, LLC. The other three are:

Footprint LLC: – Footprint reduces or eliminates plastics in food packaging through the development and manufacturing of revolutionary plant-based technologies and earned a place on Fast Company’s list of Most Innovative Companies in 2020. They already work with Sweetgreen, PepsiCo, McDonalds, Beyond Meat and Molson Coors.

Regenerative Waste Labs – the company helps repurpose waste and ensure clean soils by providing biodegradation testing and advice to businesses that create biodegradable products. Their laboratories and reports help clients determine suitable waste recovery systems for products, providing analysis and advice on product degradation in both managed and unmanaged environments.

TIPA Corp – this company manufactures biodegradable plastic packaging, with a focus on the food and fashion markets. TIPA believes packaging should be inspired by nature’s packaging: a protective layer that decomposes back into the soil with no toxic residue, microplastics, or other pollutants.


Packaging World provides an in-depth examination of five (!) bills currently circulating on Capitol Hill that cover everything from the circular economy to the recycling ecosystem. The analysis notes that “each [bill] taps into elements valuable to advancing a circular economy for packaging. But none, in and of themselves, provide a complete strategy across the entire recycling system.”

Packaging World: Five U.S. Packaging Bills Under Consideration


Continuous improvement is the mantra of our members when it comes to their sustainability efforts. Each is working every day to find unique ways to improve our planet with new products, improved processes and corporate policies.

Biopak: Producing Innovate Trays Made From Sugarcane
Cargill: Expanding Renewable Energy Portfolio
Hemp Industries Association: How Bioplastics Are Driving Renewable Packaging
PepsiCo: A Leading Investor in Closed Loop Partners Infrastructure Fund
Tate and Lyle: Signatory to the UN-backed ‘Recover Better’ Statement RE: Covid-19


China banned the importation of certain wastes in 2017 and 2018 and is now expanding that ban to cover “all imports of solid waste from 2021.” The last ban sent shockwaves around the world, and since then multiple Asian countries have followed suit. Meanwhile, the UK Parliament is considering legislation to halt the export of all plastic waste to developing countries, along with other sustainable policies. Axios examines similar trends across the EU. Korea, meanwhile, is increasingly experimenting with zero-waste stores.

Resource: China To Ban All Imports Of Solid Waste From 2021
ICIS: UK’s £3bn Stimulus For Green Policies To Benefit Plastics, Chems
Axios: How the EU Green Pandemic Recovery Will Shape the World
The Investor: Zero Waste Stores Gain Momentum In Korea


Chemists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are using microwaves to more efficiently create bioplastics from corn, soybeans, and other renewables. Meanwhile, Oak Ridge Labs are using neutron scattering and supercomputing. Chemical & Engineering Newshighlights Cargill, Zymergen, and Lygos — companies thriving by offering biobased chemicals and materials.

USDA: Cooking Up Biobased Plastics From Corn, Soybean And Other Renewables
Bio Market Insights: Researchers Find Way To Improve The Production Of Renewable Biofuels And Bioproducts
Chemical & Engineering News: Is Clarity Coming For Biobased Chemicals?
Bio Market Insights: Spotlight On Wood-Based Feedstocks
Biomass Magazine: U Of I Researchers Secure $10M For Bioproducts From Dairy Waste


We’re excited to congratulate a number of companies on their sustainability efforts this issue, from some of the largest packaged goods and grocery chains to smaller retailers – everyone is exploring ways to make a difference.

Essential Retail: Aldi Commits To Removing 2.2 Billion Items Of Plastic By 2025
FoodBev Media: Keurig Dr Pepper Commits $10m To Improve Polypropylene Recycling
Yahoo Finance: Yield Growth Announces Manufacturing Of Plant-Based Deodorant
Axios: Wall Street Banks Embracing Climate Efforts?


The opinion pages of your average newspaper are only as good as the authors and viewpoints featured. But here are a few important pieces worthy of your time.

Los Angeles Times: Editorial: The Plastics You Don’t See Might Kill You
World Economic Forum: We Must Go Circular. Here’s How
The Hill: Plastics Epidemic: Let’s Not Waste The Opportunity To Tackle Waste


Australia’s Plastic Free Foundation is challenging everyone to go without single-use plastic for one day, one week or the entire month of July. Meanwhile, The New York Times provides a fascinating look at two teenage activists in Bali.

CNN: The Plastic Free July Challenge
Forbes: Plastic-Free July: How Apparel Brands Are Leveraging Recycled Plastics
The New York Times: Sisters Take On Climate Change