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PBPC Newsletter September 16, 2022


Welcome to the Plant Based Products Council Newsletter! If you have friends or colleagues interested in our industry, please let them know they can sign up for our newsletter. Then, 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.

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PBPC APPLAUDS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER ON BIOECONOMY

This week, President Biden signed an executive order launching a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative. This executive order reinforces that the U.S. bioeconomy has a significant role to play in addressing environmental challenges, elevating American innovation, and expanding economic opportunity. It is an important step forward but there is more work to be done, and PBPC looks forward to working with policymakers to ensure the bioeconomy can realize its full potential.

PBPC is a founding member of the Ag Bioeconomy Coalition, which works to advance federal policy initiatives that foster growth toward a circular economy based on innovative products derived from renewable inputs.

View our full statement on the launch of the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative.

You can read more about the executive order and the Ag Bioeconomy Coalition’s support in Farm Progress here.

CELEBRATING BIOPLASTICS WEEK 2022: THE DIVERSE USES OF BIOPLASTICS

Take a look around you – how many items can you see that are made of plastic? There may be more than you realize. Plastic is a part of our everyday lives, found in everything from apparel to building materials to medical supplies and more. But exciting scientific advancements have made it possible to create plastic from plants. In fact, bioplastics may already appear in some of the consumer products you already use! Increased adoption of bioplastics will support a shift to a more circular economy and bring a greener future to our planet. In our latest blog, we explore various uses of bioplastics in recognition of Bioplastics Week.

In honor of this week’s Bioplastics Week, check out our latest blog for more on the types, benefits, and uses of bioplastics.

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PBPC MEMBER NATUREWORKS LAUNCHES FOOD WASTE DIVERSION & COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING PLAYBOOK WITH GREEN SPORTS ALLIANCE

PBPC member, NatureWorks, recently partnered with the Green Sports Alliance on a Food Waste Diversion and Compostable Packaging Playbook. The purpose of the playbook is to address how certified compostable food service ware and packaging can play a vital role in sports venues, by facilitating organic waste diversion from landfills to composting facilities. Venues and stadiums, where proper industrial composting infrastructure exists, can utilize this playbook to begin preventing single-use plastic and organic waste from accumulating in landfills and furthering efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. PBPC member EcoProducts also contributed to the playbook.

View the Food Waste Diversion and Compostable Packaging Playbook.

SAVE THE DATE! PBPC’S 2023 EVENT

PBPC is excited to officially announce the date of our first-ever conference. On March 27-29, 2023 PBPC will bring together our members, industry leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders for an informative networking conference in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for more information and details as we get closer to the event.

If you’re interested in speaking at or sponsoring the PBPC conference, please reach out to PBPC’s Keniece Barbee.

ICYMI: VIEW PBPC’S 2022 CONSUMER RESEARCH FINDINGS

In July, PBPC released our 2022 consumer research results. By surveying a representative sample of Americans, we uncovered new information on consumer attitudes toward plant-based products, the biobased industry, and perceptions on sustainability as a whole. Key findings include:

  • 82% of consumers have been exposed to or used plant-based products.
  • 36% of Americans are “trying plant-based products out,” a 9-point increase compared to 2021 data.
  • Consumers cite the environment, product quality, and perceived ‘healthiness’ of products as top drivers of interest when purchasing plant-based products.
  • 66% of consumers said they are more likely to vote for a candidate who has shown support for sustainability initiatives around energy, agriculture, waste, alternatives to plastic, clean air, clean water, and/or the environment.

To view more 2022 consumer research highlights, visit the PBPC website. The full results of our consumer research study are only available for PBPC members. To learn more about the consumer research program, contact PBPC’s Jessica Bowman.

ICYMI: U.S. SENATE PASSES RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING LEGISLATION

Recently, the U.S. Senate passed S. 3743, the Recycling and Composting Accountability Act, and S. 3742, the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act. These bills will improve data collection on recycling and composting systems to inform more data-driven waste management infrastructure policies. 

Now, PBPC is working to help their companion bills move forward in the House. Join our efforts by encouraging your own legislators to co-sponsor these bills. Click here to send a letter!

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PBPC IS HIRING!

PBPC is on the search for a new Sustainability Manager! In this role, you will lead the development and execution of PBPC sustainability strategy at the international, federal, and state levels through continuous communication and interaction with relevant stakeholders, strategic partners, and alliances on agricultural, manufacturing processes, and product sustainability. 

More information about this role is available here. Applicants should submit resumes to [email protected] with “Manager, Sustainability” in the subject line.

PBPC’S MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM

Interested in becoming a PBPC member? All PBPC members receive a variety of benefits that provide their organization a voice in Washington, while helping them stay up-to-date on the latest policy developments, communicate with their audiences, access valuable insights, and more. Tiered membership levels are available to fit the needs of any member of the plant-based products supply chain. Visit our website or reach out to PBPC’s Keniece Barbee to learn more.

PLANT BASED INNOVATIONS

Almost every day we see new developments in the plant-based space. Here are a few of our favorites that provide insights on the industry today and what’s ahead for circular innovations.

Pitchfork: Michael Stipe Single Announced As First Commercially Available Bioplastic Record

Fast Company: These 3D-Printed Bioplastic Lids Can Turn Any Old Jar Into A Swiss Army Knife Of Storage

SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS & NEWS

As more consumers seek environmentally-friendly products, corporations are adapting to meet these demands through more sustainable solutions. Here are some of the top stories covering these trends and providing insights on the latest industry news.

National Geographic: 5 Surprising Ways Hemp Helps The Planet

The New York Times: World-Class Lessons On Zero-Waste

Tech Crunch: Live Nation Bets Millions On High-tech Reusable Cups To Combat Plastic Waste

GOVERNMENT UPDATES

With environmental reform being a top priority for the Biden administration, there are constantly new developments in the regulatory space on the issue. Here are a few of the top happenings in the Administration, on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. legal landscape.

Reuters: Biden Touts ‘Cancer Moonshot’ On JFK Speech Anniversary In Boston

The New York Times: Why Do Some People In New Jersey Suddenly Have Bags And Bags Of Bags?

The Wall Street Journal: Environmental Progress And The Future Of Recycling

PBPC MEMBER NEWS

The dedicated work of our members toward a more sustainable future never ceases to amaze us. From setting sweeping environmental commitments, to partnering with others to make sustainable solutions more accessible, to launching new plant-based materials. Below, find some of the impressive work of our members over the last two weeks.

Loliware & Sway: Bio-Based Packaging Companies Say Mushrooms And Seaweed Are The Next Alternatives To Plastic

PepsiCo: PepsiCo Rebrands SodaStream To Better Recognize Interests Like Mixology

PlantSwitch: PlantSwitch Selected to Join NYU’s Endless Frontier Labs 2022-2023 Cohort in the Deep Tech Track



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