PBPC Newsletter April 26, 2019

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.



DID YOU KNOW that in 2015, the U.S. sent 39 million tons of food to landfills? That is the equivalent of 239 pounds of food waste per year for every person living in the United States, and composting this waste alone would have been the equivalent of removing carbon emissions from 10 million cars from the road.

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. Organized by the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation, ICAW strives to raise awareness of the importance of composting and the long-term benefits from organics recycling.



It’s no secret that we love our planet, which is why Earth Day is one of our very favorite holidays! The Plant Based Products Council is focused on four key environmental objectives: reducing carbon emissions, improving water quality and soil health, and curtailing solid waste destined for landfills by purposeful closed loop end-of-life strategies through recycling and composting.


Check out some of our favorite stories from Earth Day 2019!


Brit + Co: 10 Sustainable Products To Celebrate Earth Day

Vogue: 5 Big Beauty Brands That Are Tackling the Industry’s Plastic Problem

Vox: 7 Things We’ve Learned About Earth Since The Last Earth Day

The Verge: Today’s Earth Day Google Doodle Focuses On Some Of The Planet’s Record-Breaking Creatures


In 2018, graphic images of marine life affected by plastic pollution in our oceans captured the nation’s attention. Plastic waste is a serious issue, especially when it comes to packaging. The Ellen Macarthur Foundation found that an overwhelming 72% of plastic packaging is not recovered at all, including 32% which leaks out of the collection system and into our environment.

Major news outlets have caught on, and we’re happy to see them covering this important issue. We’re confident that highly-compostable and recyclable plant-based products and packaging can go a long way toward solving our plastic pollution issues.

TheStreet: The Most Common Plastics That Pollute U.S. Watersheds

Fast Company: Plastic Bottles Have Surpassed Plastic Bags As The Biggest Threat To Oceans And Rivers
Vox: The Race To Save The Planet From Plastic  


With both China and India recently banning plastic recyclable imports, it’s becoming more important than ever for companies and consumers alike to work toward reducing our reliance on traditional single-use plastics.


This week we’re reading Grocery Manufacturers Association’s shocking report on how confusion and contamination have led to a broken U.S. recycling system, as well as being taken back to school by the Stanford University experts weighing in on the challenges and opportunities in waste disposal.


Grocery Manufacturers Association: REDUCE. REUSE. CONFUSE.

Stanford University News: Stanford Experts Discuss Challenges And Opportunities In Disposing Of Waste

GreenBiz: The 5 Things You Need To Know About Chemical Recycling

Environmental Leader: Solving Today’s Plastic Recycling Problems


Looking for ways to minimize your carbon footprint and help out the evironment? We are too, and we loved the New York Times and Boston Globe pieces on breaking up with single-use plastics, as well as the helpful tips on recycling cosmetics and plastic bags from REFINERY29 and Life Hacker.


Be sure to also check out the Waste360 op-ed from Eco-Cycle’s Kate Bailey, as well as the PBPC Product Database, featuring over 650 biobased or plant-based products currently on the market.


Waste360: Dear Plastics Industry: We Are Headed For A Divorce

Boston Globe: I Broke Up With Plastic, And You Can, Too

New York Times: How To Break Your Single-Use Plastics Habit

Life Hacker: What Do I Do With All These Plastic Bags?

REFINERY29: Everything You Need To Know About Recycling Makeup


Currently, packaging represents 26% of the total volume of plastics used globally, and more than half of the world’s plastic thrown out in 2015 was plastic packaging. Much of that material is not recycled, ending up in landfills or the environment. We can do better with plant-based packaging alternatives! Check out some relevant stories below.


The Packer: The Right Step Forward On Sustainable Packaging

BBC News: How To Solve The Plastic Packaging Paradox

Environmental Leader: 6 Tips For Eco-Friendly DTC E-Commerce Packaging

Flexible Packaging Magazine: Natural-Based Inks Next Step In Packaging Sustainability


As consumers and environmental organizations continue to clamor for more eco-friendly products, businesses large and small are responding!

Some of our favorite recent stories highlight commitments from major brands and retailers such as Target, Adidas, Walmart, and others. Don’t miss the exciting new partnership between PBPC member Emerald Brand and Virgin Voyages to bring sustainability to the seas!

CNBC: Target’s New Brand Caters To Shoppers Looking For ‘Clean’ Products
Quartz: Adidas’s Zero-Waste Sneaker Is A Simple Idea That Took Years To Execute
Fashion Network: Walmart Sets Green Textiles Goals As Part Of Sustainability Campaign
Environmental Leader: Nespresso Urges Other Coffee Manufacturers To Join Its Recycling Program
Food Dive: 4 Major Food Companies Call For Stronger Climate Policies
Food Dive: Nestlé Waters North America Striving For ‘100% Recycling,’ Wary Of Plastic Backlash
Emerald Brand: Emerald Brand And Virgin Voyages Bring Sustainability To The Seas


Every day we see more creative innovations for products and packing derived from renewable biomass. Here are some of our favorites from the past two weeks!

Washington University in St. Louis: Creating Sustainable Bioplastics From Electricity-Eating Microbes

Biofuels Digest: ASU Professor Aims To Solve Coffee Cup Dilemma With Algae-Based Plastic

R&D Magazine: Green Plastic Production Made Easy