PBPC Newsletter March 12, 2020

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.

PBPC Newsletter February 28, 2020


While the shift away from petroleum-based plastics is driven by consumer demand, ultimately product and packaging decisions are made in board rooms and C-suites. Here are a few companies that have made smart sustainability decisions in recent weeks. PepsiCo is trying recyclable, compostable molded pulp rings on its soda cans to replace plastic ones. British Airways is removing single-use plastics from flights. Danone’s Horizon Organic milk has committed to be carbon-positive across its supply chain in just five years.

Food DivePepsiCo Tests Recyclable Rings Made From Molded Pulp
IndependentBritish Airways To Remove 700 Tonnes Of Single-Use Plastic From Flights

Market WatchDanone’s Horizon Organic Milk Aims To Be Carbon-Positive By 2025

Green Biz100’s Of Companies Crack Down On Plastic

Beverage DailyWhich Companies Have The Most Ambitious Plastic Packaging Reduction Targets?


“The ‘bioeconomy will revitalize the Midwest’ by bringing manufacturing back to the region” begins one of the impressive stories below. It’s a message PBPC has been delivering with regularity to Capitol Hill and the Trump Administration and it was recently echoed in testimony by Jason Gammack of Inscripta on a panel before the US Senate. Mr. Gammack focused on how synthetic biology will utilize natural, American feedstocks to design and manufacture a wide range of products in a more sustainable way. Other members of the panel focused on related workforce needs and skills.

Full Senate HearingArchived webcast and written testimony
Bio Market InsightsUS Will Need A Workforce With A Variety Of Skills To Retain Its ‘Bioeconomy Leader’ Status

The SociableThe Bioeconomy Will Revitalize The Midwest’ With Microbial Manufacturing


In related news, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), who recently introduced the “Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act,” called for a pause on new plastic making facilities, citing emissions concerns. His pending bill would temporarily block permits for new or expanded plastics manufacturing sites. Meanwhile, House Republicans said they would fight federal plastic recycling bills.

Inside EPASen. Udall Says Plastics Sector Expansion Plans Undermine Sustainability
Inside EPAHouse Republicans Warn Against Bills To Create Recycling Regulations

Waste DiveHouse Lawmakers Debate Regulatory Role Of Federal Government In Plastics And Recycling


No one knows how expensive the plastic waste problem will be to fix, much less who should be held responsible. Estimates vary widely for clean-up, in part because there is no clear solution or even certainty about the gaps in the recycling system. And now, some consumers are filing lawsuits hoping to force action. Meanwhile, TIME examines how some states are considering extended producer responsibility bills – legislation that would hold companies responsible for helping fix the system. Finally, the editor of the trade publication Plastics News says the industry should consider tackling many of the issues raised by Senator Udall’s legislation.

Plastics NewsOcean Plastics ‘A $150B Problem’ Not $1.5B
Waste Management WorldWM Inc To Identify Gaps In Recycling Infrastructure To Increase Plastics Recycling
Los Angeles TimesSuit To Hold Companies Liable For Plastics In California Waters
TIMETo Fix America’s Broken Recycling System, States Want Companies To Foot The Bill

Plastics News (Editorial)Why Not Take On The Cost Of Plastic Pollution?


The supply of new, creative, and useful biobased products never ends. And that’s a good thing, since we created PBPC to support their growth and expansion. In this issue, we have a new biobased glue that researchers claim can hold up to 90kg and is less expensive than its regular counterpart. We’ve also found bioplastic candlesticks, bioplastic wrap that blocks UV radiation, and an EU effort to extract sugars from the paper and card-based materials found in municipal solid waste and then turning those sugars into new biobased chemicals.

Bio Market InsightsNew Cellulose-Based Superglue Created By International Research Team

Innovations OriginsBioplastic Candlesticks And Planters From Evegreen

National Law ReviewBioplastic That Blocks UV Radiation

British Plastics And Rubber MagazineProject To Create Chemicals From Household Waste


We’ve covered them before, but we simply can’t get enough of the plastic-eating waxworm. Scientists have just figured out how it digests various plastics: through its gut bacteria. While industrial solutions based on this finding are still many years away, scientists hope the discovery could help guide new systems to tackle plastic waste. Of course, PBPC is focused on plant-based products and solutions, but we recognize our planet will need to pursue and support multiple pathways to beat our plastic pollution problem. So we are cheering for the indefatigable waxworm.

CNNThese Plastic-Chomping Caterpillars Can Help Fight Pollution