PBPC Newsletter March 19, 2019

Welcome to the Plant-Based Products Council Newsletter! Here we’ll be providing the latest in PBPC news and activities, as well as highlighting some of the amazing innovations, trends, and developments in the sustainability and bioeconomy spaces. Enjoy!



This week, the PBPC announced that since its January 2019 launch, membership has more than doubled to 40 corporate members. In addition to its 24 new corporate members, the PBPC welcomes two new Advisory Board members: Environmental Law Institute and Ron Buckhalt, former Director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred program.

Additionally, the PBPC was encouraged by the federal Biomass Research and Development Board’s recently unveiled multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower.

Press Release: Plant Based Products Council Expands Corporate Membership; Welcomes Environmental Law Institute to Advisory Board

Press Release: Plant Based Products Council Praises Federal Support for Bioeconomy Advancement



PBPC polling, conducted in August of 2018, revealed that all segments of the Millennial population (Democrats, Republicans, Gen Z, lower-income Millennials, etc.) are supportive of bioplastics and willing to pay more for them. The sustainability movement is real, and recent media coverage of sustainability in packaging and consumer products only reinforces that fact.

Sourcing Journal: New Research Finds Sustainability Driving Market Growth In Consumer Goods

Sourcing Journal: Why It’s Imperative To Connect With Gen Z On Social, Sustainability Issues

SmartBrief: Think You Don’t Need To Worry About Product Packaging? Think Again

Environmental Leader: Lyst Sees Significant Jumps In Sustainability Searches

Fast Company: How To Get Seniors On Board With Sustainability



Every day we see more creative innovations for products and packing derived from renewable biomass. Here are some of our favorites from the past two weeks!

CNN Business: This Vending Machine Can Help Save The Environment — And Save You Money

Forbes: These Mardi Gras Beads Could Make Your Celebrations More Eco-Friendly

Biofuels Digest: Mexican Scientist Pioneering Bioplastic From Prickly Pear



PBPC members are on the cutting edge of plant-based innovation. Check out these stories covering recent moves by our members LOLIWARE and Virent, Inc.!

Chemical & Energy News: BP To Work With Virent And Johnson Matthey For Biobased P-Xylene

Dexigner: LOLIWARE Launches World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Straw



With both China and India recently banning plastic recyclable imports, it’s becoming more important than ever for companies and consumers alike to work toward reducing our reliance on traditional single-use plastics. Plant-based products and packaging are often compostable or biodegradable, providing us with a viable path toward a more sustainable global economy.

Recycling Today: India Bans Plastic Scrap Imports

Fast Company: A Relatively Painless Guide To Cutting Plastic Out Of Your Life

Outside Online: 9 Ways To Stop Using So Much Plastic

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