The SPI Bioplastics Council is a committee of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. The Council promotes the development of bioplastics as an integral part of the plastics industry by:
A Steering Committee has been established to act as a leadership group for the SPI Bioplastics Council. The Steering Committee includes the Chairman, Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect, the Chairmen of the standing committees, and at least one Member-At-Large of the Council.
Steering Committee: The Steering Committee is comprised of respected leaders in the bioplastics industry and provides strategic advice to the organization. Some of the responsibilities of the committee include coordinating the activities of the Council, establishing general policies and operating procedures, creating or dissolving committees, and making executive level decisions as required.
Communications, Marketing and Membership (CMM) Committee: The CMM Committee is responsible for promotion and marketing of Council activities, issue response, development of collateral and marketing materials and member recruitment. This committee also oversees creation of content and distribution of the council’s Bioplastics Connect newsletter and the Innovation in Bioplastics awards program.
Technical Committees: These committees provide an open forum for professional discussion of technical issues and items related to the bioplastics industry. They develop and publish white papers, provide technical webinars and present at seminars and forums. Members of these committees are grouped according to related activities within a particular scope of work.
• Beginning of Life Technical Committee (e.g., biobased issues) – some of the projects they have or are currently addressing are:
o Development of comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding proposed changes to the BioPreferred program.
o Bioplastics feedstocks white paper.
o Understanding Biobased Carbon Content white paper.
o Life Cycle Analysis primer.
• End-of-Life (EOL) Technical Committee (e.g., disposal issues) – some of the projects they have completed or are currently addressing are:
o Revised glossary/terminology.
o One pagers on various EOL certification programs and corresponding organizations.
o Degradable additives position paper.
o Roadmap to a valid biodegradability claim guidance.
Our committees consist of a wide variety of individuals representing both large and small companies in the bioplastics industry. Our member representatives range from presidents and CEOs, chief technology officers, directors of government programs, communications and public affairs specialists, business managers and technology managers.