PBPC Newsletter June 10, 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.
CIRCULAR ECONOMY NEWS
The PBPC advocates for advancement of the circular economy through increased adoption of products and packaging derived from renewable, biobased materials, as well as improving end-of-life systems to ensure that those materials are reused, repurposed or recycled.
Check out some of our favorite recent stories on circular economy issues, including a stamp of approval from Pope Francis!
Biofuels Digest: Pope Weighs In On Sustainability, Calls For Circular Economy
Chemical News: Circular Economy: A Beyond-Borders Initiative
Biofuels Digest: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due…Certifications And The Bioeconomy
Green Entrepreneur: 4 Ways Hemp Could Build A More Eco-Friendly Economy
BIODEGRADABLE PRODUCTS “SKYROCKETING”
Recently, NASA held a competition, called the 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge, which called for teams of architects and engineers to build a 3D habitat that could shelter humans on Mars. The winning team, AISpaceFactory, clearly has an eye for sustainability, because their vertical pod design uses natural, biodegradable materials instead of concrete that is non-recyclable.
Earthly consumers are all in on sustainable product solutions, hopefully Martians are too!
The bioeconomy is a concept rapidly gaining steam, and discoveries are made every day that can help us improve our environmental impact. Some of our favorite creative innovations included headphones made from fungus and ‘tater made’ biodegradable bags!
Biofuels Digest: Colorado Algae Startup Makes Black Ink Green
Laboratory Equipment: Food Packaging Bioplastic Developed That Degrades Within A Few Years
Packaging World: Biopolymer Potato Bags Are ‘Tater Made’
PBPC sees composting as a key piece to the advancement of the circular bioeconomy, which is why we were so impressed by the work being done at Vermont Correctional Facilities to keep food waste out of landfill.
Vermont Agency Of Natural Resources: Vermont Agency Of Natural Resources Announces Correctional Facilities’ Compost Success
PLASTIC WASTE & CLIMATE CHANGE
In 2018, graphic images of marine life affected by plastic pollution in our oceans captured the nation’s attention. Plastic waste is a serious issue, especially when it comes to packaging. The Ellen Macarthur Foundation found that an overwhelming 72% of plastic packaging is not recovered at all, including 32% which leaks out of the collection system and into our environment.
Major news outlets have caught on, and we’re happy to see them covering this important issue. We’re confident that highly-compostable and recyclable biobased products and packaging can go a long way toward solving our plastic pollution issues.
National Geographic: Tiny Plastic Pieces Are Spread Throughout The Deep Sea
Financial Times: Fund Managers Go To War On Plastic Waste
Houston Chronicle: Plastic’s Trash Crisis
INTERNATIONAL WASTE TRADE
There’s a lot going on in the world of waste management right now, and one of the biggest current issues involves an agreement that regulates the international trade of plastic waste. If you’re wondering why that’s so important, it’s because for years, countries like the U.S. and Canada have shipped our plastic recyclables to developing countries, like Malaysia or the Philippines, who have recently taken steps to ban such imports.
This new agreement creates serious problems for the status quo of plastic waste trade, and as we continue to advocate for improved end-of-life systems for our waste, there has never been a better time for companies to embrace environmentally-friendly biobased materials, which offer the potential for a better waste management system.