PBPC Newsletter June 26, 2019

PBPC Newsletter

June 26, 2019

Welcome to the PlantBased 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 Newsletter June 10, 2019

Some of the biggest brand names in the world are not only utilizing biobased materials, they are also sharing their own strategies and innovations to drive others’ successful adoption. For example, Lego is joining with Nestlé SA, Procter & Gamble and McDonald’s to develop and improve plantbased plastics supply chains, while Coca-Cola is sharing its plantbased bottle technology. Meanwhile Air France set targets to replace plastic with renewable alternatives and Starbucks and Dunkin Brands are driving innovation in cups. Ralph Lauren also made new sustainable commitments while adding senior leadership focused on these issues.


Wall Street Journal: Lego Supply Chains, Coca-Cola Sharing Technology

Forbes: Wrangler’s Commitment Platform To The Greatest Sustainably Dyed Denim To Date

Biofuels Digest: Air France Sets Targets To Replace Plastic With Renewable Alternatives

Restaurant Dive: Starbucks, Dunkin’ Further Sustainable Cup Initiatives

Environmental Leader: Ralph Lauren Names 1st Chief Sustainability Officer, Backs Goals With Senior Leadership



The term “circular bioeconomy” is a foundational concept in our sustainability efforts, but it is not yet well understood or widely adopted by the average American consumer. PBPC is helping explain this and other vital concepts to visitors to pbpc.com. Meanwhile, global corporate leaders are embracing circular economic concepts as they consider their own product life cycles to reduce plastic waste.


PBPC – What Is The Circular Bioeconomy

Supply Chain 24/7: How The Circular Supply Chain Model Will Replace The Linear Supply Chain By 2020

Recycling Today: PepsiCo Expands Latin America Recycling Initiatives

Packaging World: Coca-Cola To Use 100% rPET Bottles For Water And Tea In Western Europe

Meat + Poultry: McDonald’s Canada Launches ‘Green’ Concept Restaurant



PBPC is always seeking the latest news and data to support our efforts and help educate consumers, corporate partners and policymakers. Here are some of the best we’ve found over the last two weeks, which we’ll be using to help tell our story.


Harvard Business Review: Research: Actually, Consumers Do Buy Sustainable Products

Harvard Business Review: The Elusive Green Consumer

Plastics Today: Consumers View Plastic As Least Environmentally Friendly Form Of Packaging, Survey Says

Waste Advantage: Kids Are Schooling Their Parents In How To Be Environmentally Conscious



Every day we see more creative innovations for products and packing derived from renewable biomass. Meanwhile, other scientists are addressing the plastic pollution crisis in new and creative ways. Here are some of our favorites from the past two weeks!


NPR: Replacing Plastic: Can Bacteria Help Us Break The Habit?

R&D Magazine: Carbon Dioxide-Eating Microbes Could Produce New Bioplastics, Chemicals

Advanced Science News: Powering Jets With Plastic Waste

University Of Sussex: Scale Of The Problem: How Fish Skins And Algae Could Help Solve The Plastic Pollution Crisis

USAToday: 9 Genius Inventions That Can Stop Us From Using So Much Plastic

Refinery29: How To Cut Down On Single-Use Plastics Before They’re Banned



Plastic bans and debates over plastic waste have become a mainstay of local governments hoping to address the plastic pollution problem. Here are some of the latest.


The Wall Street Journal: Plastic Bans: What You Need To Know


San Francisco Chronicle: California Takes On An Ocean Of Plastic Waste, Considers Crackdown On Industry

Waste Dive: Palo Alto, California Approves Sweeping Single-Use Plastics Ban


Maine & Vermont

Waste Dive: Maine And Vermont Governors Sign Plastic Bag Bans On Same Day

National Geographic: Vermont Adopts The Most Comprehensive Plastics Ban In U.S.



Statesman Journal: Oregon Legislature Passes Plastic Bag Ban, Kills Polystyrene Food Container Ban



Columbus Dispatch: Some GOP Lawmakers In Ohio Seek To Stop Local Plastic-Bag Bans, Taxes



CBS Baltimore: Baltimore City Councilman Plans To Introduce Plastic Bag Ban



Memphis Commercial Appeal: Memphis City Council Considers New Method To Control Plastic Bags: Not A Fee, But A Ban