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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 CompanyInterview RE: Maryland Becoming Styrofoam Free 
Amy’s KitchenOrganics, 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 Supplier
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 JournalCompanies Grapple With Sustainability Data
Wall Street Journal: Consumer Brands Seek Ways to Make Paper Mimic Plastic
Wall Street JournalCEOs 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.

LA Times: Building A Guilt-Free Disposable Water Bottle
Packaging World: New Sustainable Milk Carton

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.

New Atlas: New Bioplastic Made From Waste Biodegrades In 12 Months
Chem Europe: Ecofriendly Plastic Alternative: Scraps To Synthetics



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