PBPC Newsletter October 21, 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!
REGULATORY REFORM FOR PLANT-BASED PROCESSORS
We’ve seen two significant advancements on Biogenic CO2 policy recently. First, on October 13, fourteen Senators signed a letter urging EPA to reform its rules. Senator Grassley said in a press conference, “The letter asks for EPA to issue a rule to classify emissions from biogenic sources differently than from fossil fuels.” Second, the EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule had its day in court on October 8 for oral arguments. The Biogenic CO2 Coalition used its time to argue that the agency’s categorization of biogenic CO2 as flawed, resulting in rules that are “arbitrary and capricious.”
Biomass Magazine: Senators urge EPA to promulgate rule on biogenic carbon emissions
E&E News: D.C. Circuit showdown over Trump carbon rule begins
PBPC MEMBERS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS ON SUSTAINABILITY FRONT
Our members show their commitment to the sustainability cause by constant improvement, not just in the plant-based sphere but across a wide variety of initiatives. Check them out below:
Acme Paper And Supply Company: Compostable Take-Out Containers
Acme Paper And Supply Company: Interview RE: Maryland Becoming Styrofoam Free
Amy’s Kitchen: Organics, Sustainability And Climate Change
Archer Daniels Midland: Partnership Spiber To Produce Plant-Based Textiles
Archer Daniels Midland: New Pilot Program To Show Farmers The Benefit Of Conservation
BioPak: Aldi Australia Partnership To Reduce Plastic Usage By 25% By 2025
BioPak: Wins Silver In The Pentawards For Sustainable Design
Cargill: Webinar On The Future Of Agriculture & Sustainability
Hexas Biomass: CEO Discusses Sustainability And Company Origin
NatureWorks: Green Sports Alliance Summit
P2 Science: New Bioderived Cosmetic Ingredient
Ubuntoo: Lifefuels Smart Bottle System Eliminates Packaging On Flavor Packets
Westrock: Domino’s Making Recycling Pizza Boxes Easier
SAVE OUR SEAS ACT ADVANCES THROUGH CONGRESS
You may recall a bill by the same name sailed through Congress in 2018. Now, a new version designed to address ocean plastic is expected to be signed by the president. However, some wonder if the new law doesn’t go far enough, as made clear in the second article below.
Waste Today Magazine: Save Our Seas 2.0 Act Passes Senate
The Intercept: The House Just Passed Another “Save Our Seas” Act. Here’s Why It Won’t
CANADA JOINS NATIONS BANNING CERTAIN SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
Canada plans to transition from certain single-use plastics, including grocery bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, and food containers by the end of 2021. 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.
CTV News: Canada Banning Some Single-Use Plastics
BIG BRANDS TAKING EARLY STEPS
Walmart and Kraft Heinz are both experimenting with plant-based packaging, and we love it. Every step toward a more sustainable future brings our industry closer to the forefront by illustrating that our products are as good as traditional plastic while also highlighting consumer demand for our products.
Vending Times: Kraft Heinz Inks Distribution Pact With Plant Based Product
Green Queen: Walmart To Trial Plastic-Free Cucumbers With Edible Technology
Fast Company: 6 Lessons On How To Scale Sustainability, From Walmart
FIVE (!!) MUST-READ WSJ STORIES
The Journal has picked up the pace when it comes to sustainability issues and our sector. The pieces below include a WSJ ranking of the most sustainably managed firms, with Sony earning #1. Also below: “a quarter of CEOs now strongly agree that investing in climate-change initiatives could lead to significant new product and service opportunities” – up from 13% in 2010.
Wall Street Journal: Ranking The World’s Most Sustainably Managed Companies
Wall Street Journal: Companies Grapple With Sustainability Data
Wall Street Journal: Consumer Brands Seek Ways to Make Paper Mimic Plastic
Wall Street Journal: CEOs Increasingly See Sustainability as Path to Profitability
Wall Street Journal: How to Tell if a ‘Sustainable’ Business Is ‘Greenwashing’
FOLLOW THE MONEY
Capital flows are an important proxy for market interest, while Wall Street support can serve as a leading indicator of essential market trends. As a result, we’re regularly featuring a “follow the money” section. And congratulations to bioplastic firm Danimer Scientific for going public!
Tech Crunch: 4 Sustainable Industries Where Founders and VCs Can See Green By Going Green
Plastics News: Kickstart: Big Funding Boost For Bioplastics
Waste Today Magazine: MASBio — $10M Project To Research Biomass Opportunities
MORGAN FREEMAN NARRATES…
Have you seen this amazing nature video about ocean plastics narrated by Morgan Freeman? Take two minutes — it is gorgeous and frightening.
Vimeo: Life Below Water
CARTONS & BOTTLES GET BIOTECH UPGRADES
Cove announced its new water bottle is the first to be entirely biodegradable – from bottle to cap, to label and adhesive. The start-up is backed by several investors including Salesforce Chief Executive Marc Benioff and former News Corp. executive James Murdoch. Meanwhile, Evergreen Packaging has created the PlantCarton, a plant-based paperboard product and a renewable coating created from sugarcane – the resulting carton is sourced from 97% renewables.
NEW WASTE-BASED BIOPLASTIC BIODEGRADES IN 12 MONTHS
Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology mixed industrial waste such as fats and bacteria to create a “biologically derived polyester that is said to exhibit properties similar to those of polypropylene.” The researchers claim that in an ordinary landfill, naturally occurring micro-organisms will break it down completely within six to 12 months.