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PBPC Newsletter May 10th, 2024


Welcome to the Plant Based Products Council Newsletter! If you have friends or colleagues interested in our industry, please let them know to 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! If you missed our last edition, read the April 26th newsletter here

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INTERNATIONAL COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK

The first week in May marks International Compost Awareness Week, aiming to educate people about the benefits of composting organic waste and using compost. This week, PBPC and its partners are celebrating the role and impact of composting in creating healthier soil for a healthier world! Learn more about this easy and effective way to help the environment at PBPC.com!

INC 4 SESSION HELD ON UN PLASTIC POLLUTION TREATY

The United Nations Environment Program hosted the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, from April 23 – 29 in Ottawa, Canada. Division between countries focused on a narrow interpretation of the scope of the treaty and those supportive of restrictions on plastic production, chemicals of concern, and other areas topics hindered the consensus process.  The session concluded with approval of a working group to provide legal clarity to the text and an agreement on intersessional work ahead of the fifth session in Busan, South Korea in November. Topics the delegates discussed included emissions and releases, production, waste management, problematic plastics, among others. PBPC participated as an official observer of the negotiations and engaged in activities to educate about the potential role of bio-based plastics and alternatives.

SB 54 COMMENT PERIOD CLOSES

PBPC took advantage of an opportunity to offer thoughts and join coalition efforts to comment on California’s significant overhaul of plastics and recycling policy as the state’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery works to implement Senate Bill 54. The bill creates an extended producer responsibility (EPR) program to impose minimum content requirements for foodservice ware and single-use packaging. The concerns highlighted by PBPC include the impact of implementation on compostable materials and the important role of credible third-party certification entities.

STEVIE AWARDS 2024

Jamaica Gayle

We are proud to announce that two of our own have been recognized as winners of 2024 Stevie Awards!

Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs Jamaica Gayle was recognized as the Climate Hero of the Year by the Stevie Awards for her tremendous work as a leader, contributor, and trailblazer in advancing the climate conversation in agriculture. Additionally, Corn Refiners Association President and CEO and PBPC board representative John Bode was awarded a Silver Stevie Award for Thought Leader of the Year for his tremendous leadership.

PLANT-BASED LEADERS BLOG: EVOCO

This week, we interviewed Jason Robinson, CEO of PBPC member Evoco, a leader in sustainable innovation for consumer goods and industrial markets. In addition to chatting about Evoco’s upcoming launch of a plant-based leather alternative, Robinson discussed Evoco’s efforts to promote sustainability across various markets, including advancements in foam across consumer footwear, furniture and mattress industries, among others.

Read the Q&A and learn more about Evoco’s efforts to continue the PBPC mission of spreading awareness regarding sustainability in consumer products.

TELL LAWMAKERS: SUPPORT JOB GROWTH IN THE FARM BILL & SUPPORT AG-BASED BIOMANUFACTURING

Help PBPC send a message to lawmakers that the U.S. has the farmers and innovators and now we need the policies. Support for the ag-based bioproducts industry is crucial to the U.S. economy, environmental sustainability, and American innovation.

Two bipartisan bills that can help grow the U.S. ag bioeconomy have already been introduced in Congress:

Send a letter to your lawmakers today and urge them to include the Biomanufacturing and Jobs Act, nationally uniform bioeconomy terminology, and the Ag BIO Act in the Farm Bill!

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PBPC’S MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM

Interested in becoming a PBPC member? All PBPC members receive a variety of benefits that provide their organization a voice in Washington while helping them stay up to date on the latest policy developments, communicate with their audiences, access valuable insights, and more. Read about PBPC’s impact on the industry in the 2023 Annual Report. Tiered membership levels are available to fit the needs of any member of the plant-based products supply chain. Visit our website or reach out to PBPC’s Keniece Barbee to learn more.

PLANT-BASED INNOVATIONS

Almost every day we see new developments in the plant-based product space. Here are a few of our favorites that provide insights on the industry today and what’s ahead for circular innovations.

As more consumers seek environmentally friendly products, corporations are adapting to meet these demands by offering more sustainable solutions. Here are some of the top stories covering these trends and providing insights on the latest industry news.

GOVERNMENT UPDATES

With environmental reform being a top priority for the Biden Administration, there are constantly new developments in the regulatory space. Here are a few of the top happenings in the Administration, on Capitol Hill, and in the U.S. legal landscape. 

PBPC MEMBER NEWS

The dedicated work of our members toward a more sustainable future never ceases to amaze us. From setting sweeping environmental commitments, to partnering with others to make sustainable solutions more accessible, to launching new plant-based materials. Below, find some of the impressive work of our members over the last weeks.



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