PBPC Newsletter May 17, 2019

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.



This week, PBPC is celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. To promote this initiative and educate our following on the benefits and challenges facing the composting industry, PBPC hosted a Webinar on Wednesday, May 8. The program was moderated by Agri-Pulse Managing Editor Spencer Chase, and featured the expertise of Nora Goldstein, Editor of BioCycle, and Rhodes Yepsen, Executive Director of the Biodegradable Products Institute. Click the link below to hear what they had to say!

PBPC & Agri-Pulse ICAW Webinar

DC Department of Public Works: Food Waste Drop-Off



You might have seen headlines lately questioning the viability of biodegradable and compostable products, citing a recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Plymouth.

Check out our myth-busting work below, which backs up what our parents always told us: you can’t always believe what you see on the internet!

Environmental Leader: ‘Biodegradable’ Material Study Findings A Mixed Bag

PBPC Statement: Plant Based Products Council Statement on Recent University of Plymouth Study


This month, PBPC talked with GreenBiz’s RP Siegel about the rise and future of plant-based packaging. See what PBPC member company Emerald Brand’s RJ Bianculli had to say about the outlook for bio-based, single-use plastics and more!

“We, big picture, believe, and are betting that, composting and compostable organic products will be the future of waste.” – RJ Bianculli, Managing Director, Emerald Brands

GreenBiz: The Rise Of Plant-Based Plastic Packaging



Washington Post: The London Marathon’s Method For Reducing Plastic Bottles: Edible Seaweed Pouches

CNN: Seaweed Pouches Will Replace Thousands Of Plastic Bottles At The London Marathon

Forbes: London Marathon Runners Were Handed Seaweed Pouches Instead Of Plastic Bottles


The bioeconomy is a concept rapidly gaining steam, and discoveries are made every day that can help us improve our environmental impact. We were excited to read about the new research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on a new formula for more environmentally-friendly plastics!

DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Plastic Gets A Do-Over: Breakthrough Discovery Recycles Plastic From The Inside Out

ABC News: Breakthrough Discovery: New Plastic Could Be ‘Holy Grail’ Of Recycling

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!

The Conversation: Can We Turn Sewage ‘Sludge’ Into Something Valuable?

Science Codex: Industry-Ready Process Makes Plastics Chemical From Plant Sugars

Design News: Japanese Company Improves Bioplastic With Nanocellulose

Biofuels Digest: Fish-Gut Bioplastic Under Development In Newfoundland



As consumers and environmental organizations continue to clamor for more eco-friendly products, businesses large and small are responding!

Some of our favorite recent stories highlight commitments from major brands and retailers such as Target, Adidas, Walmart, and others. Don’t miss the exciting new partnership between PBPC member Emerald Brand and Virgin Voyages to bring sustainability to the seas!

Wall Street Journal: Fashion Houses Try To Kick The Plastic Habit

Waste Today Magazine: Sustainability Alert: Chipotle’s Pilot Program Turns Plastic Gloves Into Trash Bags

Floor Covering Weekly: Shaw’s Sustainability Journey

[OP-ED] Hotel Executive: Creating A Culture Of Sustainability


PBPC understands the Millennial generation’s growing commitment to sustainable purchasing decisions, and their appetite for more sustainable options on the market.

In fact, polling conducted by PBPC 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.

AdWeek: Millennials Are Balancing Overspending Habits By Prioritizing Environmentalism