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PBPC Newsletter July 8, 2022


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!

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USDA ANNOUNCES NEW BIOPRODUCT PILOT PROGRAM

On June 28th, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new pilot program created under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support the development of biobased products. The program notes how biobased products can have lower carbon footprints and increase the use of renewable agricultural materials, helping provide economic opportunity for farmers. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture can award up to $10 million among highest rated applicants. Eligible universities and private-sector partners are encouraged to apply.

Applications for the pilot program are now open. You can learn more here.

#ICYMI: HOW EXPANSIVE IS THE PLANT BASED PRODUCTS INDUSTRY?

When you think of plant-based products, what comes to mind? Do you imagine a paper straw but blank on anything else?

Many consumers do not realize the full scope of the plant-based products industry. From auto parts to apparel to construction and building materials to electronics, many of the products we use and rely on every day can be made from plants. By taking a closer look, it’s clear to see just how substantial the industry is.

Check out our latest blog post to learn about the full breadth of plant-based products, including some exciting products from PBPC members.

COMING SOON: PBPC’S 2022 CONSUMER RESEARCH FINDINGS

Later this month, PBPC will release the results of our 2022 consumer research. Focusing on consumer attitudes toward plant-based products, the biobased industry, and general perceptions on sustainability, the research will bring a greater understanding of the potential of the plant-based products industry.

The detailed results of our consumer research study are only available for PBPC members. To learn more about the consumer research program, contact PBPC’s Jessica Bowman.

TELL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TO SUPPORT BETTER RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING INFRASTRUCTURE

Recently, U.S. Representatives Joe Neguse, Tim Burchett and Bill Foster introduced The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act (H.R.8059) (RCAA) and The Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act (H.R.8183) (RIAA), companions to Senate bills S. 3743 and S. 3742, which recently unanimously passed out of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee.

RCAA will improve data collection on recycling and composting systems to inform more data-driven waste management infrastructure policies.  RIAA will establish a pilot program to promote recycling in underserved communities. 

The bills were discussed at a June 30 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, “No Time to Waste: Solutions for America’s Broken Recycling System.” You can learn more about this new legislation in a blog post here.

Now, PBPC is working to ensure the bills move forward in the Senate and the House. Join our efforts by encouraging your own legislators to co-sponsor these bills. Click here to send a letter!

PBPC’S 2022 MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM

Interested in becoming a PBPC member? All PBPC members receive a variety of benefits that provide their organization a voice in Washington, while helping them stay up-to-date on the latest policy developments, communicate with their audiences, access valuable insights, and more. Tiered membership levels are available to fit the needs of any member of the plant-based products supply chain. Visit our website or reach out to PBPC’s Keniece Barbee to learn more.

PLANT BASED INNOVATIONS

Almost every day we see new developments in the plant-based space. Here are a few of our favorites that provide insights on the industry today and what’s ahead for circular innovations.

Forbes: These Luxury Swimwear Brands Are Minimizing Plastic Use With Biomaterials

Vegconomist: Unilever Launches $120M Biotech Venture For Palm Oil & Fossil Fuel Alternative

The Hill: Equilibrium/Sustainability — Scientists Create Plant-Based Wrap To Replace Plastic

USDA: How Many Raw Materials Are Used To Make USDA Certified Biobased Products?

SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS & NEWS

As more consumers seek environmentally-friendly products, corporations are adapting to meet these demands through more sustainable solutions. Here are some of the top stories covering these trends and providing insights on the latest industry news.

Reuters: Unilever’s Plastic Playbook

Forbes: How To Embrace The Reverse Supply Chain

Forbes: Footprint Says To Ditch Your Plastic Packaging (PBPC Member)

GOVERNMENT UPDATES

With environmental reform being a top priority for the Biden administration, there are constantly new developments in the regulatory space on the issue. Here are a few of the top happenings in the Administration, on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. legal landscape.

The New York Times: The Court Vs. The Climate

Forbes: California Lawmakers Agree To Slash Single-Use Plastics Over Next Decade

The New York Times: What To Know About California’s Landmark Plastics Law

PBPC MEMBER NEWS

The dedicated work of our members toward a more sustainable future never ceases to amaze us. From setting sweeping environmental commitments, to partnering with others to make sustainable solutions more accessible, to launching new plant-based materials. Below, find some of the impressive work of our members over the last two weeks.

Danimer Scientific: United Nations Environment Assembly Should Support Bioplastics

erthos: Webinar with Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)

PepsiCo: I Tried A $40 Water Bottle That Flavors Tap Water Using Nothing But Scent

SmartSolve: FlushAway Innovates With Dissolvable Wipes

Smile Coffee Werks: 2022 Game Changers

TIPA: Compostable Packaging Can Provide A Solution To Our Struggling Recycling System

TIPA: Composting Is The Future Of Fashion Packaging



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