PBPC Newsletter March 4, 2021
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!
OUR SCIENTISTS NEVER STAND STILL
Recyclable plastics made from renewable, plant-based oils? Check. Thread to replace polyester made from orange peels and other ag waste? Check. Food packaging made from the silphium plant? …Quick Google search to learn about silphium… Check. And that’s just the beginning.
Nature: High-Performance, Recyclable Plastic Made From Renewable Oils
NBC WESH2: Natural Alternating For Synthetic Thread
HortiDaily: Sustainable Packaging Based On The Silphium Plant
The Minnesota Daily: The Search For “Perfect” Recyclables: Plastic Alternatives
GreenBiz: Three Emerging Bio-Based Material Technologies
BIDEN & CONGRESS RAMP UP POLICY WORK
The Biden Administration is beginning to put some space between itself and the prior administration, with more to come. Many of these steps could have profound effects on our industry, from sustainable materials, to climate-friendly farming, from hiking the cost of carbon to infrastructure, and also re-entering the Paris climate accord.
Waste Dive: New Action Expected For Sustainable Materials Management Under Biden
Politico: Scott’s Climate, Equity Vision For House Ag
Washington Post($): Biden Admin Hikes Cost Of Carbon In Govt Calculations
The Washington Post($): The Energy 202: Democrats Eye Climate In Big Infrastructure Push
The Washington Post($): U.S. Officially Rejoins Paris Accord
PBPC MEMBERS DELIVER ON THEIR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENTS
New products, educational webinars, and impressive awards – the latest member news is once again an impressive line-up of sustainability efforts that reach across every aspect of their business operations.
ADM: Named One Of Ethisphere’s Most Ethical Companies
Amy’s Kitchen: Discusses Sustainable Shopping Trends
BioPak: Percentage Of Profits Go To Environmental Restoration Projects
Biorgani: Promotion Of Their Compostable Resins
Biorgani: Spanish Language Webinar Re: Myths Around Bioplastics
Cargill: Video On The Importance Of Soil Health For Sustainability
Club Coffee: Kraft Heinz & Club Coffee Win Award For Compostable Coffee Pods
Danimer Scientific: Helps Create Bioplastic, Biodegradable Straws For Dunkin Donuts
Eco-Products: Compostable Taco Trays
Emerald Brand: American Made Biodegradable Products
Emerald Brand: Tree-Free Packaging In The Luxury Retail Industry
Footprint: Selected For The SEAL Awards, In Environmental Initiatives
Futamura: Renewable And Compostable Packaging Films
Green Dot Bioplastics: Offering A Range Of Bio-Based Plastics
Ingredion: Named One Of Ethisphere’s Most Ethical Companies
Just Salad: Sustainability Report
Marubeni: Develops A Circular Business For Lithium Batteries With Retriev
Multipackaging Solutions/Westrock: CEO Discusses Sustainable Forestry
Multipackaging Solutions/Westrock: Myths About Recycling Pizza Boxes
NatureWorks: Designing Compostable Coffee Pods For The EU Market
P2 Science: Silicone Substitute For Cosmetics Made From Biorenewable Sources
PepsiCo: Named One Of Ethisphere’s Most Ethical Companies
Sweetgreen: Helped By PBPC Member Footprint In Converting To Sustainable Biodegradable Packaging
Sweetgreen: 6 Year Carbon Neutrality Plan
Stonyfield: Featured At The Regenerative Earth Summit February 24-25
Tetra Tech: Helps The University Of California Reach Climate Action Goals
$10 BILLION IN GROWTH FORECASTED FOR GREEN PACKAGING IN 2021
A new report suggests that one segment of our plant-based industry – the global plastic alternative packaging market – is expected to grow by $10 billion this year, from $61 billion in 2020 to $71 billion. The report examines the green packaging market segmented by type, by application and by industry, including food and beverage, personal care, health care, and others.
TRENDS & BIG-THINK PIECES
In this issue, we have a remarkable line-up of articles that take the long view, examining new sustainability efforts and re-examining long-held ideas. Check out the stories on corporate ESG pledges, global plastic waste, and the fight against microplastics, among others.
Reuters: Bill Gates Warns That Manufacturing Could Challenge Climate Goals
The New York Times($): What’s Really Behind Corporate Promises On Climate Change?
GreenBiz: Why Efforts To Curb Plastic Waste Are Failing
The Guardian: Magnets, Vacuums And Tiny Nets: The New Fight Against Microplastics
CNBC: Study: Microplastic fears drive Sustainable Food Packaging
Restaurant Business: Packaging Evolved As Takeout Explodes
The Washington Post: Online Shopping Is Booming. Startups Seek Ways To Make It Sustainable
Vogue: The Single-Use Plastic Overhaul Is Coming For Fashion
The Packer: Biodegradable Or Recyclable? Marketers Weigh Options
The Washington Post (photo essay): Plastic, Plastic Everywhere
COMPANIES THAT ARE LEADING THE WAY
We’ve seen the numbers. Consumers are demanding change – more sustainable products, more circularity, and more responsibility from the companies that they buy from. Here are a few of the companies working to meet that demand and make a difference.
Automotive World: In 2050, Michelin Tires Will Be 100% Sustainable
Intelligent Living: Coca-Cola To Trial Paper Bottles This Summer
GreenBiz: PepsiCo, Danone And Kellogg’s Share Ingredients For Global Food System Transformation
Airport World: No More Plastic Straws in New York LaGuardia’s Terminal B
Bloomberg Green: 3M Plans $1 Billion in Spending to Cut Emissions, Save Water
GreenBiz: British Airways Inks Deal with Sustainable Jet Fuel Startup LanzaJet
Waste360: Closed Loop Partners Announces Winners Of Beyond The Bag Innovation Challenge
Yanko Design: This Sustainable Amenity Kit Produces Clean Energy & Reduces Plastic Waste For Hotels When Composted
GREEN FINANCE, OIL ECONOMICS, CARDBOARD ECONOMICS
We have a new record in the world of sustainable finance, from our friends in the beer sector. And check out these two incredible stories concerning the economics of fossil fuels and plastics (as shaped by recent weather) and the economics of cardboard (as shaped by e-commerce demand). Fun fact: cardboard is recycled at a rate near 80%. Well done, team!
ESG Today: AB-InBev Makes History
Bloomberg News($): U.S. Freeze Chills Asian Plastic Makers As Feedstocks Soar
Wired: Eggs and Amazon – A Packaging Story
CIRCULARITY BRINGS IT ALL BACK AROUND
Circularity is a key concept in our industry and the primary driver to create a less wasteful world, across the entire economic landscape. Here is the latest from the frontlines on the circularity battlefront – both good and bad. Don’t miss the composting highlights in the food waste piece.
The Washington Post: A Third of All Food In The U.S. Is Wasted. Fixing That Could Help Fight Climate Change
FastCompany: The Stuff You Buy Isn’t Nearly As Recyclable As You Think
Greenbiz: Circular Lessons From IKEA, REI And Eileen Fisher
PBS News: The Plastic Industry Is Growing During COVID. Not Recycling.
Nature: Chemistry Can Help Make Plastics Sustainable — But Isn’t The Whole Solution
IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS AGRICULTURE
Our value chain often begins with the growing of plants (or algae). While natural and sustainable, we are always seeking new methods to reduce our impact on our natural world.