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PBPC Newsletter July 8, 2021


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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HIRING ANNOUNCEMENT

PBPC is excited to welcome Kent Roberson as Senior Manager of Government Relations. Kent comes to PBPC (and CRA) from The Smith-Free Group where he focused on transportation, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and environmental issues. He brings a wealth of experience working with the private sector and government.

PBPC: CRA Press Release

MEMBER UPDATES

Check out the latest moves our members are making for a sustainable future. Eco-Products expands their production of industrially compostable beverage cups designed for cold beverages. Plus, PepsiCo uses Carbios enzymatic recycling technology to break down used plastic to a state similar to virgin plastic, in an effort to create a closed loop system for recycled plastics.

Plastics Today: Eco-Products To Produce Compostable Beverage Cups
Environment + Energy Leader: PepsiCo And Others Unveil ‘Enzymatically Recycled’ Plastic Bottles

THE LATEST IN SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION

Compostable sunglasses, carbon negative packaging for snacks, and jet fuel from waste. Plus, researchers at the University of Canterbury solve a challenge tied to recycling and biodegradable plastics. And Glanris develops a way to turn rice hulls into water filtration devices. Check out the latest from universities, labs, and start-ups around the world.

Entrepreneur: Baxter Blue Is Making Plant-Based Frames You Can Compost
E&T: Agriculture Byproducts Could Help Produce Biodegradable Plastics
Packaging Digest: Carbon-Negative Snack’s Packaging Is Home Compostable
Intelligent Living: Scientists Figured Out How To Turn Plastic Waste Into Jet Fuel
Fast Company:  Biodegradable Forks Get New Life
Forbes: This Startup Is Using The World’s Biggest Agwaste Product To Filter Water
Bon Appetite: When It Comes To Sustainable Packaging, These 5 Wines Are Winning
Texas A&M Today: ‘Plugging In’ To Produce Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics
Waste Management World: Irish University Researching Sustainable Carbon Fibre Production

BIG BUSINESS MAKES MOVES

Large corporations continue to make large sustainability commitments and seek out solutions for a sustainable future, often utilizing plant-based products and packaging. In addition, Target commits to sustainable packaging by 2025 and net zero by 2040. Meanwhile, Puma, Coca-Cola, and Estee Lauder examine sourcing and packaging for sustainability. And Proctor and Gamble talks scaling up sustainable solutions as a large company.

Bloomberg: Swiss Watchmakers Go Plant-Based In Latest Sustainability Drive
Checkout:  Coca-Cola Moves All Multi-Pack Cans To Cardboard Packaging
CNBC: Target Unveils Sustainability Goals, Pledging Net-Zero Emissions By 2040
MarketWatch: Puma Commits To Sustainable Sourcing With New Forestry Policy
FORTUNE: Big Beauty Brands Take A Look In The Mirror
Packaging Europe: Coca-Cola Ends Use Of Virgin Plastic In Bottles Sold In The UK
World Economic Forum: P&G Europe On Scaling Consumer Products For Sustainability
FORTUNE: Amazon Has ‘Come a Long Way’ But Still Faces Questions On Sustainability

GOVERNMENT UPDATES

A U.S. infrastructure deal seems imminent with Biden’s announcement of consensus among a working group of Republican and Democratic senators. While the deal includes work on green energy, 60 percent of the House Democratic caucus is urging that climate action be made central in all legislative actions this year. Meanwhile, state governments work on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation which puts the onus on producers to manage end-of-life and develop sustainable packaging. 100 companies recently announced their support for EPR in packaging.

The Hill: Overnight Energy: Biden Announces Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
POLITICO: House Democrats Unite To Send Firm Climate Signal To Biden
The New York Times: House Passes $715 Billion Infrastructure Bill
WasteDive: Shifts In Attitudes On EPR Could Mean Quicker Policy Change: Circularity 21
Waste360: Statewide EPR Is Coming To The United States

CIRCULAR CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

To get to a circular economy, industry, non-profits, and governments must all work together. Axios held a roundtable to discuss producer responsibility and government action for environmental solutions, examining the need for all sectors to collaborate. Meanwhile, the construction industry provides a solution to re-using plastics for building materials. And, digital supply chains create opportunities to better connect and advance circular economies.

Axios: Axios Roundtable On The Circular Economy
Phys.org: The Stag Hunt: Why A Circular Economy Is So Difficult
GreenBiz: The Construction Industry’s Place In The New Circular Plastics Economy
GreenBiz: How Digitizing Global Supply Chains Will Advance The Circular Economy
World Economic Forum:  A Circular Water Economy For Cleaner, More Prosperous Cities
GreenBiz: Remanufacturing Is Central To The Circular Economy

FOLLOW THE MONEY

We love to see governments and investors put money toward a greener future. First, the U.S. government invests in green energy and bioproducts research, in addition to the opportunities that may come with the infrastructure bill noted above. Further, corporate investors are backing plastic waste management and investing in circular solutions. But rapid growth comes with challenges, creating a gap between the number of viable companies and investor interest — with some money managers stretching the definition of green.

NewsDakota: National Institute Of Food And Agriculture Invests In Bio-products Research
The Wall Street Journal: Growth Firms See Plastic Waste As An Investment Opportunity
The Wall Street Journal: Environmental Investing Frenzy Stretches Meaning Of ‘Green’

SENATE: AGRICULTURE CAN HELP SOLVE CLIMATE CONCERNS

Sustainable agriculture is key to shaping a greener future. The Senate recently passed the Growing Climate Solutions Act (GCSA), bipartisan legislation which reduces technical barriers for farmers and forest owners interested in participating in voluntary carbon markets to address climate concerns. Last week, Senator Braun (R-IN) met with farmers to discuss the legislation. Per the Fox story, “Farmers at the meeting said they believe this bill is beneficial to both agriculture and the environment since they feel it will encourage more farmers to engage in green practices.”

Politico: Senate Approves Bill To Help Farmers Profit On Climate Action
Fox59 News: Sen. Braun Meets With Farmers On Agriculture Bill To Combat Climate Change

PBPC MEMBER NEWS

Since our last issue, our members have made major moves. From developing sustainable materials, to new partnerships, to production expansion, and sustainability progress reports.  Below, find some of their most impressive efforts from the last two weeks.

ADM: Working with The Soft Commodities Forum On Deforestation
Danimer Scientific:  Upscales Production Of Biodegradable Materials
Danimer Scientific: Invents New Material To Make Crayon’s Sustainable
Eco-Products: Expands Production Of Compostable GreenStripe Cold Cups
Footprint: Announced New Eco Cooler Made From Plant-Fibers
Futamura:  Provides Compostable Packaging For Naturopathica Vitamins
Ingredion: Collaboration Shapes The Development Of Plant-Based Proteins
NatureWorks: Collaborates With University of Maine On Bio-Composites For 3D Printing
Novamont: Works to Integrate Agriculture In The Bio-Economy With FIRST2RUN
P2 Science: Their Bio-Based Additive Replaces Silicone In Hair Straighteners
PepsiCo: 2020 Sustainability Report Released
Roquette: Announces New Plant-Based Alternative To Pharmaceutical-Grade Softgel
Roquette: Beauty By Roquette Campaign
Tate & Lyle: Chair’s Statement On Progress Made During 2021
Tate & Lyle: Sustainable Agriculture Program Honored by Field To Market
TIPA: Survey Finds 8/10 Brits Want Food Wrapped In Compostable Packaging



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