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Plant Based Products Council Launched

The Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) was launched by a group of organisations including companies such as Georgia, Pacific, Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill, working toward more sustainable and responsible consumer products and packaging through greater use of plant-based materials.

The group will advocate for private sector programs and government policies to encourage use of renewable materials and feedstocks, including policies to reduce carbon emissions, improve water quality and soil health, and curtail solid waste destined for landfill.

Polling, conducted in August 2018 and released by the Plant Based Products Council, reinforces the notion that Millennial consumers are supportive of bioplastics and even willing to pay more for them. Findings in the polling include:

  • 48% of Millennials feel most guilty about their own plastic use compared to other resources, such as paper (33%), water (31%) or the amount they drive (19%).
  • 64% of Millennials are willing to use alternatives to plastic.
  • 60% of Millennials surprised by the lack of alternative options to plastic.
  • While only 13% are “very familiar” with bioplastic, once described, 90% become favorable to bioplastics

PBPC’s membership includes businesses large and small, from across the United States, that produce, distribute, or sell products/packaging from renewable biomass inputs, as well as those organizations that have made related public commitments to build a more sustainable future. In addition to its membership, the PBPC features an Advisory Board consisting of leading environmental organizations and NGOs.

Additional founding members include Tate & Lyle, Ingredion, West-Rock Multi Packaging Solutions, Stone Straw, Loliware, Visolis Biotechnology, Newtrient, Future iQ, Emerald Brands, Hemp Road Trip, Hemp Industries Association and Tree Free Hemp. The following organizations and individuals will serve on PBPC’s Advisory Board: GreenBlue, Californians Against Waste, International Conservation Caucus Foundation, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Professor Ramani Narayan, of Michigan State University’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science.

PBPC continues to recruit both corporate and Advisory Board members.

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This article was published on greenchemicalsblog.com and written by Doris de Guzman