PBPC Newsletter November 19, 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 ANNOUNCES MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
PBPC recently unveiled its 2021 membership structure, dues, and benefits. Among other benefits, voting members of PBPC will have continued exclusive access to PBPC consumer research, daily news clips, and the opportunity to take part in exclusive, members-only meetings. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, we are happy to set up a time to discuss the program.
SUSTAINABILITY & POLITICS UNDER BIDEN
A number of publications look at what we can expect under the policies of a Biden Administration, including on climate change, tax policy, regulatory matters, and other areas likely to impact our industry and the plastics sector.
The Washington Post: Biden Positions US For A 180 On
POLITICO: Gridlock Will Test Corporate Sustainability Promises
Waste Dive: How The Election Impacts The Waste And Recycling Industry
Plastics News: Elections Sharpen Focus On Plastics in DC
Plastics News: What Biden Will Mean For Plastics Legislation
USDA FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems, has requested grant proposals for projects that “significantly improve the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products, while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America.” Project themes include value-added innovation, which encompasses projects that support production of bio-based chemicals and other ag-based products. Funding opportunities like this are so incredibly important to foster bio-based innovation and to create a more sustainable future.
OUR MEMBERS SUSTAIN THEIR COMMITMENTS
Check out the latest from our incredibly diverse member companies, working across every aspect of their businesses to improve sustainability and do right by the environment through education, business improvements, cutting-edge products, and new initiatives.
Biopak: Develops Compostable Gloves
Cargill: 1st Large Scale Supplier Of Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil In N. America
Cargill: Partners With WFP On Food Supply Chain Sustainability
Emerald Brand: Explains Their Tree-Free And Recycled Materials
Footprint: Sustainability Attitudes In The Midst Of COVID
Futamura: Compostable Flexible Packaging Film
Just Salad: CSO Describes Their Carbon Labeling Initiative
Novamont: Development Of Sustainable Polymers
Novamont: Signs The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment
PepsiCo: Plastics News Updates on PepsiCo’s Packaging Transition Due In 2025
P2 Science: Article On Their Clean Beauty Ingredients
Roquette: New Innovation In Biobased Coatings
Westrock: GreenBiz On the Co’s Circular Economy Efforts
MOTHER NATURE BEGS FOR OUR HELP
Mother Nature can’t speak, but she is still saying volumes in ways that make clear some of our worst consumption and pollution habits must end. This week, we see news of plastic in the bodies of our planet’s turtles and whales, while Phys.org looks at ocean acidification and plastics.
New Scientist: Most Whales And Sea Turtles Have
Plastic In Their Bodies
Phys.org: Plastics & CO2 Pose Combined Threat To Marine Environment
EcoWatch: Study: Plastic Pollution Increases Ocean Acidification
FOLLOW THE MONEY
Investors have increased their allocation of dollars to ESG funds (the “E” is for environment) by more than ten-fold since 2016, on track to reach nearly $50 billion in 2020. But different funds utilize different measures to track ESG, and there are no U.S. government standards.
Bloomberg: Record Flows Pour In to ESG Funds
DELIVERING DECISIVE DATA
Farm Bureau partnered with Morning Consult to poll Americans’ view of farmers and ag sustainability. Among the key findings: 88% of Americans trust farmers, 58% rate the sustainability practices of farmers positively, 70% say government incentives to encourage farmers to adopt additional sustainable agricultural practices would be effective in improving environmental sustainability.
Farm Bureau: Newsroom
CORPORATIONS SHAPING FARMERS’ SUSTAINABILITY
From cover crops to carbon emissions and carbon capture, big business has a major influence on how farmers grow their crops. This impressive and in-depth article highlights a Cargill program and the influence of retailers like Walmart, restaurants like Chipotle and Panera Bread, and food companies like Danone, Nestlé, and Mars. The story details the pledges of 30 companies and their impact on farmers.
BIOBASED INNOVATIONS THAT BLOW US AWAY
This issue offers a ton of advancements on the product and science front. Among them, new tableware from sugarcane and bamboo that breaks down in 60 days, how paper tubes could help pharma reduce reliance on plastic, and the first sweater made from brewed protein, among many more.
ScienceDaily: Tableware from sugarcane and bamboo
breaks down in 60 days
European Pharmaceutical Review: Paper Tube-Pouch Could Reduce Plastic In Pharma
PR Newswire: First Sweater Produced Through Microbial Fermentation
SciTech Daily: New Bioinspired Material Replaces Petroleum Plastics
Canadian Packaging: Biobased Hot Melt Adhesive Earns USDA Biobased Certification
Fresh Plaza: Nature’s Pride Increases Sustainability Of Avocado Packaging
Oil And Gas 360: HC’s Fiber Solutions Earn USDA Certification For Biobased Products
Packaging World: Paperboard MAP Or SVP Tray Reduces Plastic By 85%
BUSINESS GIANTS TAKE GIANT STEPS
Due to their massive size and incredible influence, some companies and their brands are able to move mountains when they make sustainability pledges. Coca-Cola, Walmart, and SC Johnson are not only three of the world’s biggest names in their respective categories, they are some of the biggest names — period. Here’s how they’re advancing the cause.
The Financial: Coca-Cola Unveils First Paper
AgWeb: Walmart Steadily Increases Sustainability Commitments
Waste 360: SC Johnson Makes Progress Toward 2025 Targets In Tackling Plastic Pollution
FOOD AND GROCERY – ADDRESSING PLASTIC PACKAGING
The food packaging industry is highly reliant on traditional plastics. Yet because food in plastic containers cannot be easily recycled, plastic containers increase both food waste and methane emissions (a powerful greenhouse gas). Recently a group of respected nonprofits launched a campaign calling on Whole Foods to change its practices on plastic packaging. And Food Dive takes a deeper look at the industry’s sustainability practices.