PBPC Newsletter June 23, 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!

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Our members are working tirelessly to expand their sustainable missions. NatureWorks teamed up with the Thai government to construct a new PLA bio-based facility. Meanwhile, TIPA is growing its North American team as consumer demand for bioplastics increases. Plus, Green Dot Bioplastics and Cargill both increase bioplastic production.

3D Print: NatureWorks Announces First-Of-Its-Kind PLA Processing Plant
Plastics Today: Compostable Films Maker TIPA Deepens North America Footprint
Plastics News: Green Dot Bioplastics Doubling Production Capacity
The Star Tribune: Cargill Backs Corn As Substitute For Plastic, Builds New Plant In Iowa


Innovation drives our industry. From edible food coatings and zero emissions flights to a new home compostable bioplastic, innovative companies are leading the charge on sustainable alternatives. University labs prove a hot spot for new technologies, from sheer plastic made out of vegan spider silk to vanilla flavoring from plastic waste. Plus, pizza making robots get a new purpose—turning agricultural waste into packaging.

World Economic Forum: Here Are Some Of The Most Exciting Green Technology Pioneers Of 2021
FastCompany: A New Compostable Plastic Breaks Down Differently
Forbes: Biotechnology Is Replacing Petrochemicals With Identical, Sustainable Materials
Popular Mechanics: This ‘Vegan Spider Silk’ Could Replace Most Single-Use Plastics
The Guardian: Scientists Convert Used Plastic Bottles Into Vanilla Flavouring
CNBC: Zume’s Pizza Robots Are Now Turning Waste Into Compostable Packaging
GreenBiz: 4 Seaweed Startups Combating Food Insecurity And Climate Change


Consumers are calling for brands to swap out products and packaging for materials that can be part of the circular economy. Several studies and surveys show a majority of consumers prefer products that are sustainable. Survey respondents are even willing to go out of their way to find these sustainable swaps. Meanwhile, investors in start-ups expect data-driven, transparent, consumer centric sustainability goals from the company founders. Separately, activists are pushing for climate-friendly initiatives in fashion and food.

Packaging World: Beverage Manufacturers Respond To Consumer Trends On Plastic Packaging
CNBC: Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted Says Consumers Will Force Fashion Industry To Be More Sustainable
Inc Magazine: 3 Things Any Retailer Should Avoid Doing In 2021 If You Want To Succeed
TechCrunch: Founders Must Show Investors That Sustainability Is More Than Lip Service
Reuters: Fashion Moves To The Center Of Activist Crosshairs
Forbes: The Food Industry Must Lead On Climate Before Activists Eat Their Lunch


From big brands to governments, more groups are embracing a circular model. First, Finland develops a roadmap to guide the transition to a circular economy and other countries take note. Then, IKEA and DS Smith use Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s guidance to implement circular guidelines at every step of their design process. These stories and more below.

World Economic Forum: Countries Must Transition To A Circular Economy  
GreenBiz: IKEA And DS Smith Embraced Circular Design
Harvard Business Review: Circular Supply Chains Are More Sustainable, But Rare
GreenBiz: A ‘Beautiful Circular Economy Model’ From Emerging Markets
The Conversation: A Circular Food System Can Withstand Crises Like COVID-19
The Grocer: A Circular Economy For Food Is Fundamental
Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Circular Economy May Boost Regional Recycling, Reuse


World leaders are considering a global treaty on plastic pollution as attitudes of big businesses and their consumers shift toward sustainability. Meanwhile, state and federal lawmakers make progress on recycling, transportation infrastructure, and consider a law requiring that companies make environmental metrics public.

National Geographic: Global Treaty To Regulate Plastic Pollution Gains Momentum
Resource Recycling: Lawmakers Make Moves On Plastics Recycling-Related Bills
The Washington Post: Climate A Focus Of House Committee’s $547B Transportation Bill
Waste Dive: States Active On Recycling And Waste Legislation In First Half Of 2021
Roll Call: House Passes ESG, Climate Disclosure Rules For Public Companies


Big brands are increasing their commitment to sustainability and implementing inventive materials for their products. McDonalds and Unilever are both looking at sustainable packaging. Meanwhile, fashion goes sustainable with fungi handbags from Hermes and wood pulp sneakers from Gucci.

Business Review: McDonald’s Expands Sustainable Packaging
Packaging Gateway: Unilever Launches Paper-Based Bottle For Laundry Detergent 
The Guardian: The Must-Have Hermès Bag Is Made From Fungus
Marie Claire:  Collect, Recycle And Reuse Global Plastic Waste


Our members work tirelessly on sustainable solutions. Whether partnering for regenerative ag, speaking at webinars, exploring applications for their materials, expanding their work, or signing onto sustainability pledges, the impactful work of PBPC’s members never ceases. Below, find some of their most impressive efforts from the last two weeks.

ADM: Opened New Feed Technology Center At University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Cargill: Their Farmers Are Using Regenerative Practices
Danimer Scientific: Applications Of Nodax Biopolymer
Eco-Products: Green Sports Alliance Virtual Summit June 22-23
Footprint: Pledge 2050 Campaign To Help People Quit Single-Use Plastics
Futamura: Compostable Fruit & Vegetables Packaging Webinar June 22
Futamura: The Technical Properties Of Natureflex Films
Genpak: Packaging Solutions In The Foodservice Industry
Hexas: Won Phase 1 SBIR Grant From DoE To Conduct Research For Climate Solutions
NatureWorks: Circular Economy And Compostable Packaging In Capsule Companies
NatureWorks: 100% Of Feedstocks To Be Certified Sustainable
Novamont: Workshop On Creating Bioproducts From Waste
Roquette: 2020 Activity and Sustainable Development Report
Tate & Lyle: Partnering with Coca-Cola Company On Regenerative Agriculture
TIPA: Fresh Harvest Switches To Compostable Packaging
TIPA: Joined Ellen MacArthur Foundation Re: Producer Responsibility