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PBPC Newsletter September 10, 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 Newsletter August 27, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE FAILS ON PLASTICS

For the second year in a row, major plastics recycling legislation failed to pass during California’s legislative session. The measure passed the state Senate, but died in the Assembly. Supporters of the bill are now looking to the statewide referendum in 2022. Meanwhile, the CA legislature did pass a bill restricting the ability of plastic manufacturers to make claims about being marine degradable.

Bloomberg EnvironmentCalifornia Last-Minute Bills For Dramatic Recycling Revamp Die
Plastics NewsStrict Single Use Plastic Bill Dies
National Law ReviewCalifornia Sinks “Marine Degradable” Plastic Claims

U.S. PLASTICS PACT NEWS ROUNDUP

In our last issue, we announced the launch of the U.S. Plastics Pact, an effort to create a circular economy for traditional plastics and promote plant-based substitutes in alignment with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. Here some of the stories about the pact’s successful unveiling. Further, check out GreenBiz’s deeper look at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a leader of the Plastics Pact, and their efforts to shape how corporations approach plastic.

Waste360U.S. Plastics Pact to Be Catalyst for Circular Economy
Plastics TodayU.S. Plastics Pact Articulates Tailored Approach To Circularity
Eco WatchU.S. Plastics Pact Vows To Make All Plastic Packaging Recyclable By 2025
Green BizHope For Speeding Up Business Action On Plastics

NEW FASHION INDUSTRY STANDARDS

On the heels of the US Plastics Pact, Fashion Positive developed the first-ever circularity guidelines for companies in apparel, footwear, and textiles.  

YahooFashion Positive Launches The First-Ever Industry Circular Materials Guidelines

UK PLASTIC POLICY SUCCESS

The UK is extending its fees on plastic bags, which have reduced plastic bag sales by a whopping 95%. Meanwhile, a Greenpeace report out of that nation suggests use of all disposable plastics could be cut in half.

YahooGovernment Steps Up War On Plastic With Extension Of Carrier Bag Charge
The EcologistDisposable Plastics ‘Can Be Halved’

WE CAN’T IGNORE DURABLE PLASTICS

Single-use plastics receive the lion’s share of attention, but a new report from the University of Michigan shows that single-use plastics make up only one-third of the plastic used in the United States in 2017. The rest was utilized in categories such as electronics, furniture and home furnishings, building construction, and automobiles. The good news? Plant-based feedstocks can be used to create durable plastics in these categories, too!

PHYSPlastics, Waste And Recycling: It’s Not Just A Packaging Problem

BIG OIL, BIG PLASTICS

Occasionally, we like to take a step back and examine how other markets and industries impact our own. First, Green Biz examines the relationship between oil prices and recycling. The second link looks at how manufacturing impacts plastic demand and the third story examines Big Oil’s attempts to shape plastic markets and laws in Africa.

Green BizAmid Record Oil Price Fluctuations, Circular Plastic Strategies Prevail
Rig ZonePlastics Sector Rides Wave Of US Manufacturing Rebound
New York TimesBig Oil Is In Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic
Fast CompanyFossil Fuel Companies Are Betting On Plastic As Their Next Big Source Of Profits
PHYSOil Industry Placing Risky Bet On Plastics: Report

TONY SOPRANO WANTS YOUR “RECYCLING”

Did you know international criminal gangs run seemingly legitimate companies that collect plastic to “recycle,” and instead burn and dump it? The process also skews reported progress in sustainability of the nations and companies who unknowingly off-load their plastic and then report it as recycling.

PHYSCriminal Recycling Scams ‘Profit From Plastic Waste Surge’

UNILEVER MAKES MOSTER MOVES

This is really, really big. Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, recently revealed sustainability goals for its cleaning products — replacing chemicals made from fossil fuels with greener alternatives by 2030, a program called Clean Future. Their massive $1 billion euro investment is going to create enormous opportunities for our sector.

Business GreenUnilever’s Pledge To Eliminate Fossil Fuels From Cleaning Products  
ReutersUnilever To Drop Fossil Fuels From Cleaning Products By 2030

ONE IN FIVE CARDBOARD BOXES

Westrock isn’t a consumer-facing brand, but the company makes one in every five boxes in the U.S., from Domino’s Pizza to shipping boxes from your favorite online retailer. That kind of footprint and their commitment to sustainability makes this Q&A with their CIO a worthy read.

Green BizA Q&A With Westrock’s Chief Innovation Officer

ONE COMMITMENT AT A TIME CHANGES THE WORLD

One of the most influential university systems in the world, the University of California, will eliminate single-use plastics after a year-long campaign by students. Meanwhile, furniture store West Elm wants your old blue jeans to create new furniture, and widely-recognized brands LEGO and Tommy Hilfiger make bold circularity moves.

San Diego TribuneUniversity Of California System To Phase Out Single-Use Plastics
Fast CompanyWest Elm’s Newest Line Is Upholstered In Your Recycled Jeans
Ellen MacArthur FoundationLEGO Joins Ellen Macarthur Foundation Network
Vogue BusinessTommy Hilfiger Commits To Going “Circular”. Will It Work?

MEMBER SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES

Joining PBPC is just one step our members are taking to make the world a more sustainable place. Below, find their latest sustainability reports and other initiatives, including PepsiCo’s accelerator and grant winner, Spudsy, which reduces food waste by sourcing imperfect sweet potatoes to make its snacks.

ADMCOVID, Customers and Food & Beverage Companies
BioPak2019/20 Sustainability Report
Georgia PacificHow Satellites Protect Endangered Forests
Hexas BiomassPresenting at Ag Innovation Showcase
NatureWorksItaly’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for bioplastics
PepsiCoGreenhouse Accelerator
PepsiCo2019 Sustainability Report

FEEDSTOCK FABULOUS

Often, we turn our attention to plant feedstocks’ role in creating new packaging and products, but researchers in Singapore have shown fruit peel waste can be used to recycle old batteries, recovering precious waste metals from dead batteries to make functional ones.

Tech ExploristFruit Peel Can Be Used To Turn Old Batteries Into New
FuturityThere’s More To Plastic Waste Than Bottles And Bags

BACTERIA CREATE PLASTIC INGREDIENTS

The journal Science recently published an article suggesting certain bacteria can produce ethylene, a primary ingredient in the creation of plastic, raising hopes for a new pathway to reducing reliance on fossil fuels. In the same research, the scientists also discovered how and why oxygen-deprived soils can damage crops.

Clean TechnicaPlastics Will Be Toast, Thanks To Moonlighting Microbes
Technology NetworksMaking Plastic Without Fossil Fuels?

YOUR BAD NEWS RODEO

Researchers find that microplastics harm nearly 800 biological outcomes in fish, especially those related to behavioral, sensory, and neuromuscular functions. Meanwhile, authors writing for the World Economic Forum remind us that microplastics are within consumer products we rarely think about, including inside cosmetics and laundry detergent, used to release perfume scents or fabric softener, among other things.

HakaiPlastics Are Messing With Fish Physiology
World Economic ForumThe Single-Use Plastic You’ll Throw Away Without Realizing
PHYSSea Turtle Hatchlings Consume Dangerous Quantities Of Floating Plastic



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