PBPC Newsletter November 4, 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’S NEWEST MEMBERS
Five companies have recently joined the ranks of PBPC members, and we’re excited to show them off. Learn more about our newest members below!
Dyne-A-Pak Inc. is one of the top North American leaders in food packaging trays, with clients ranging from grocery chains and food packaging distributors to meat packers across the U.S. and Canada.
Gardenwerks is a full-service garden center and landscaping company located in Helena, Montana. In addition to their range of gardening and landscape design products and services, the team at Gardenwerks is working towards solutions to the problem of plastic pollution in the industry.
Innovation Gateway is a UK-based consultancy working with large and small businesses, local governments, and higher education groups to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of their buildings; through innovations in energy, waste, water, productivity and wellbeing.
KoolEarth Solutions Inc. is working to assist large CPG companies, as well as startups, make sustainable packaging choices, including plant based/renewable packaging as well as biodegradable/compostable packaging.
Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers (MCPP) is a global manufacturer of performance polymers. With 24 sites in 15 nations, MCPP is committed to providing sustainable material solutions to the market that can help further the Circular Economy.
CONGRESS CALLS ON EPA TO ACT ON BIOGENIC CO2
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler received a letter from 13 members of the U.S. House of Representatives in the final days of October, urging him to recognize the de minimis nature of biogenic carbon emissions when agricultural crops are processed into bioproducts and other goods/materials. PBPC is a member of the coalition urging this important change, which will help boost the growth of the U.S. bioeconomy.
Coalition Press Release
Ethanol Producer Magazine: Letter Urges EPA To Act On Biogenic CO2
GEORGIA PACIFIC RECYCLES “IMPOSSIBLE TO RECYCLE” CUPS INTO NEW PRODUCTS
PBPC member Georgia Pacific is investing $45 million in upgrades for two facilities to create toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins out of single-use paper cups once labeled “impossible to recycle.” The cups earned that label because they are lined with petroleum-based polyethylene, commonly used in the design of disposable coffee cups. The goal is to make cup recycling available at local Starbucks and McDonald’s locations.
Forbes: Georgia-Pacific Is Recycling ‘Impossible To Recycle’ Single-Use Cups
NEW iPHONE GAME TEACHES KIDS ABOUT FOOD WASTE
PBPC member Novamont recently launched a fun and free game to help teach kids “the value of food waste recycling, composting, and household waste source separation.” The app for iPhones and iPads even includes education about the differences in compostable bags versus plastic or paper bags. The app is not only free, it has no ads or in-app purchases.
Novamont: Press Release
Download App: Food Scrap Recycling Truck Apple App Store Download
STUDY: US CREATES 5x MORE OCEAN PLASTIC THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT
The New York Times featured a new study that re-calculated America’s contribution to ocean plastic, finding it to be five times higher than prior reports. The researchers augmented their calculations to reflect American’s increasing use of plastic and the pollution generated by exporting plastic waste overseas.
New York Times: Americans May Add Five Times More Plastic to the Oceans Than Thought
The Science Times: America Ranks Third In Highest Global Coastal Plastic Pollution
THE NINE LIVES OF PETROLEUM PLASTIC
Here are three important stories examining the scale of the plastic problem and its challenges. The first two links examine why plastic packaging is not being recycled, including a look at flexible plastic packaging – the fastest growing form of packaging in the U.S. Then, the Washington Post reports on why restaurants have stuck with plastic through the pandemic.
Phys.org: The Plastic Myth And The Misunderstood Triangle
Waste360: Flexible Plastic Packaging Isn’t Being Recycled
The Washington Post: Restaurants Stick With Disposable Serveware
IMPORTANT GLOBAL PLASTIC POLICY TRENDS
Countries around the world are tightening rules around the use of plastic products and packaging, sometimes outlawing certain types altogether. In some cases, oil companies and companies who utilize the plastic are struggling to meet the wide variety of local environmental laws. Meanwhile, U.S.-based companies have begun lobbying against such rules in Canada. In a discussion paper out for public consultation through December 9, Canada is considering the role of bio-based, compostable, and biodegradable plastics going forward. PBPC is taking a close look at the paper and will likely weigh in.
Politico: Policing Plastics Globally Proves Elusive
Politico: U.S. Industry Lobby Targeting Canada’s Proposed Plastics Ban
World Economic Forum: What’s Happening With Single-Use Plastics Around The World
British Plastics: 40+ Organizations Call For UK Ban On Controversial Degradable Plastics
PHA CONTINUES TO GRAB HEADLINES, OTHER SCIENCE NEWS
We love stories covering efforts to save the planet through
plant-based innovation. First, a couple of pieces about polyhydroxyalkanoate,
or PHA, a completely biodegradable plant-based material. Next, we have two
deep-dive looks at materials science and the bioeconomy.
Fast Company: Pepsi, Nestlé, And Bacardi Are All Using PHA Plastics
Tallahassee Democrat: Danimer Scientific’s New Kind Of PHA Plastics
Science X: Finding The Right Balance Within The Bioeconomy
PBPC MEMBERS LIVE THEIR VALUES
Every newsletter, we work to highlight how our members continue to promote and achieve sustainability across a wide variety of programs, plans, and goals – not just with plant-based products but across the entire sustainability portfolio. Here are some of their highlights:
Archer Daniels Midland: Making Sustainable Materials More Accessible To Companies
Cargill: Investment In A Biofuel Company, Growing The Circular Economy
Cargill: Sets Regenerative Ag Goal Of 10 Million Acres
Emerald Brand: Video Promoting Biobased Innovation In Disposables
Footprint: CEO Speaks At UN Healthy Oceans Forum
Hemp Industries Association: Discussing Regenerative Ag And Hemp
Ingredion: Idea Lab And Experimentation With Plant-Based Products
Ingredion: Nov 17th Webinar On Sustainability And Health
Innovation Gateway: Panel Discussion: Businessgreen Net Zero Festival
Multipackaging Solutions/ Westrock: Climate Week Virtual Panel
Novamont: Speaker Discusses The Circular Bioeconomy
P2 Science: Green Chemistry Webinar Nov 5th
Tate & Lyle: Experiment Converting Ag Byproducts Into New Ingredients
Tetratech: Working With US Army Corps Of Engineers To Explore Sustainability Solutions