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Patrick Krieger
Assistant Director, Regulatory & Technical Affairs

Bioplastics are either: 1) made from a renewable resource such as corn or sugarcane (biobased), 2) break down completely via a natural process (biodegradable), or 3) are both biobased and biodegradable. They are used in the same ways as other plastics: packaging, agriculture, medical, automotive parts, 3D printing and more. 

Globally, over 1.7 million metric tons were produced in 2014 and contributed to $4.4 billion and 32,000 jobs in the U.S. Bioplastics are one of the fastest growing sectors of the plastics industry, with an anticipated 20-30% annual growth. Biodegradable plastics also reduce the amount of trash that is sent to landfills.

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Bioplastics Simplified: Attributes of Biobased and Biodegradable Plastics
The term “bioplastics” describes a wide range of materials. This paper discusses the growing field of bioplastics, and how material innovations can offer environmental advantages. 

Third Annual Bioplastics Week | #BioplasticsWeek | September 17 - 21, 2018

The third annual Bioplastics Week, a social media event organized by the PLASTICS Bioplastics Division to raise awareness and educate consumers about bioplastics. Follow #BioplasticsWeek, or participate by using the hashtag to make others aware of your activities in the space. 

Innovation in Bioplastics Award | Tuesday, September 18 | 6th Annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award

Announced on Tuesday, September 18th, the 6th annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award which recognizes a company or companies that use bioplastics for innovative, purposeful product design.

Making Environmental Claims for Bioplastic Products Webinar | Wednesday, September 19 | 11:00am - 12:00pm ET

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As an exclusive benefit to PLASTICS members, the Bioplastics Division will be holding a members-only webinar on making environmental claims for bioplastics products. Bioplastics are a growing part of the plastics industry, with consumers interested in products that have improved sustainability and alternatives to landfill. But manufacturers of these products must be conscientious as to how these benefits and product attributes are communicated to the consumer. Advertising and marketing in the United States is overseen by the Federal Trade Commission to ensure that it is truthful and not deception. In their Green Guides, the FTC provides additional direction about products making environmental claims, including about bioplastics.

In addition to federal requirements, states may also have more stringent restrictions or requirements. In August, Amazon settled a case in California for $1.5 million for selling products marketed as “biodegradable” or making similar claims. In this webinar presented by the PLASTICS Bioplastics Division, Sheila Millar of Keller and Heckman LLP provides an overview of the regulations surrounding making environmental claims for bioplastic products at the federal and state level. In addition, it will provide an update on recent enforcement activity relevant to the industry.

About the Speaker

Sheila A. Millar is a partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, where she represents businesses and trade associations on a variety of public policy and regulatory issues, including privacy, data security, cybersecurity and advertising matters, as well as product safety issues. Ms. Millar is a frequent speaker on regulatory and public policy matters, and has authored many articles. Ms. Millar is one of the vice chairs of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Marketing and Advertising Commission, and chair of its Working Group on Sustainability, where she spearheaded the development of the ICC Framework Guides on Environmental Marketing Claims.

Bioplastics Week Twitter Chat
Thursday, September 20 | 10:00am – 10:30am ET

Learn from experts in the bioplastics industry as they answer questions about trends and opportunities for growth during the Bioplastics Week Twitter Chat hosted by @PLASTICS_US on Thursday, September 20 at 10:00 AM. Engage in the conversation using #BioplasticsWeek.

Latest Resources

Watching: Bioplastics, Plastics Market Watch
A phase two of the Bioplastics Market Watch Report, Watching: Bioplastics provides valuable updates on the status of bioplastics in the marketplace as well as research labs around the country. Uncover information on innovation and advancement, market intelligence, consumer perceptions, emerging markets and public policy. Bioplastics are increasingly being used in industry sectors beyond bottling and packaging and many brands are discovering the diversity and flexibility of bioplastics. The entire plastics supply chain can benefit from these insights.

Bioplastics: Plastics Market Watch
Bioplastics are plastics that either: originate from a renewable resource, are biodegradable, or are both. As new applications and technologies are developed, bioplastics represent an evolution within the plastics marketplace. Bioplastics are part of plastics’ growth story that is inspiring brand owners and manufacturers to find new applications and solutions for products.  

Industrial Compostability Claims Checklist
The Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guide provides direction to companies making claims about industrial compostability. This guidance document provides a handy checklist and examples about things to consider when putting them on product packaging.

Bioplastics Simplified: Attributes of Biobased and Biodegradable Plastics
The term “bioplastics” describes a wide range of materials. This paper discusses the growing field of bioplastics and how material innovations can offer environmental advantages.

Position Paper on Degradable Additives
This position paper outlines the issues and questions of concern in order to support consumers, retailers and the plastics industry in identifying unsubstantiated and misleading product claims around degradability and biodegradability of plastics. 

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