Bioplastics Division

SPI Staff Liaisons: Patrick Krieger and Marie Gargas

The SPI Bioplastics Division of SPI works to promote the development of bioplastics as an integral part of the plastics industry by:

  1. Educating the plastics industry, federal, state and local governments, and value chain.
  2. Articulating clear and consistent descriptions of the different bioplastics options.
  3. Providing strategic advice to the plastics industry, federal , state and local governments and the value chain and promote harmonization of environmental policies.
  4. Establishing itself as the "go to" source for information about the bioplastics industry.

Latest News

April 1, 2016
New SPI Bioplastics Division report defines bioplastics, explores the growing field of bioplastics and demonstrates how material innovation can offer environmental advantages.

Latest Resources

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 Degradeable Additives
This position paper outlines the issues and questions of concern in order to support consumers, retailers and theplastics industry in identifying unsubstantiated and misleadingproduct claims around degradability and biodegradability ofplastics. 

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SPI Bioplastics Connect provides the latest bioplastics information including market updates, global initiatives, release of new educational materials and more. PDF archives of past issues are available here.


Issue XI  |  Spring 2016


Committees Under the Bioplastics Division

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 Division, 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 Division 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:

Development of comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding proposed changes to the BioPreferred program.

Bioplastics feedstocks white paper.

Understanding Biobased Carbon Content white paper.

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:

Revised glossary/terminology.

One pagers on various EOL certification programs and corresponding organizations.

Degradable additives position paper.

Roadmap to a valid biodegradability claim guidance.



For more information about the SPI Bioplastics Division, contact or

Patrick Krieger: (202) 974-5281
Marie Gargas: (202) 974-5330

Click here to download a Bioplastics Division membership application form.

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