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PBPC Newsletter July 31, 2019


PBPC Newsletter

July 31, 2019

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 NEWS BLOG

The PBPC and our members recognize that companies and organizations must mobilize to innovate and develop alternatives to traditional chemicals and plastics so that we may create a sustainable future based on renewable goods that improve global resource efficiency. As with any emerging market or technology, there is great potential for the kind of misunderstanding that can become enduring myths, whether fueled by confusion, misplaced enthusiasm, or distortion from agenda-driven campaigns seizing on perceived challenges or trade-offs in an effort to delay or defeat the transition toward a new technology.

 

That’s why going forward, we’re going to be setting the record straight. Check out our first piece below!

CORPORATE PACKAGING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Packaging and plastics continue to drive new sustainability initiatives among the world’s most respected consumer brands, such as the Trader Joe’s announcement to eliminate millions of pounds of plastic, Unilever’s and MillerCoors’ moves to bioplastics and the decision by Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to break with a trade group that fights plastic bans. (Also included here, a little about that trade group.) Whether a blockbuster invention or simply a new way of packaging, creative solutions continue to drive important solutions. From the laboratory to the grocery store aisle and everywhere in between, bio-based products continue to make spectacular and sometimes surprising inroads.

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

A healthier planet requires that we not only ensure more goods are sustainably-sourced, but that all goods, whether plant-based or not, remain inside the economy, deriving value from their use and re-use, instead of being lost to landfills or leaked into the ocean.

NEW PRODUCT INNOVATIONS AND SCIENCE

We’re always excited to see new bio-based and plant-based materials as potential feedstocks to create more sustainable packaging and products. Sawdust and Cactus and Burlap – Oh My! And toxic algae, too…

STATISTICS AND PERSONAL TALES TO TELL OUR SUSTAINABILITY STORY

Some statistics are so bad they threaten to keep you up at night worrying – such as those found in the Phys.Org story by Swiss scientists, below. Other stats give us hope, like the incredible Forbes statistics on American’s desire to become more sustainable. Check them out. Yet even as stats give us the data we need to make better decisions, it is the personal stories that stick with us. Here are two we couldn’t forget.

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Congress has introduced a bill to improve plastics recycling nationwide. While the bill has only been recently introduced it has gained ample attention for its cause, and also from those who are fighting against it. Meanwhile, more companies are looking to reduce plastic waste by improving the circular economy.

HOW THE SUSTAINABILITY MOVEMENT MAY IMPACT THE ECONOMIC FUTURE

Industry analysts and financial media are beginning to take a hard look at how changing consumer habits and sustainability demands might negatively impact the formidable energy, petrochemicals and plastics sectors. Meanwhile, bioplastics could revive America’s rural economy.

FINALLY…

At PBPC we work with both sides of the aisle. It is a fact of life in Washington and a requirement to get things done. So we leave this here without further comment…



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