A New Plant-based Products Organization Will Promote Sustainable Packaging
2019-03-01 09:30 Friday
According to Food Business News, Archer Daniels Midland Co., Cargill, Tate & Lyle and Ingredio launched and became founding members of the new Plant Based Products Council on January 29 at the California Bioresources Economy Summit in Berkeley.
The council will promote the use of renewable biomass products, including policies to reduce carbon emissions, improve water quality and soil health, and reducing solid waste shipped to landfills. To help consumers figure out which products contain renewable materials, the commission has launched a database of more than 480 plant-based and bio-based products on the market.
An August 2018 survey found that 48% of millennials felt most guilty about their use of plastic, with 64% indicating that they would be willing to use plastic alternatives. In the survey, 60% of respondents said that they were surprised by the lack of alternatives to plastic.
A member of the committee said that the group was formed in response to the survey. "Both businesses and consumers recognize the need to address the plastic pollution," he said. "The new Plant Based Products Council will seek plant-based solutions that bring together governments, nonprofits and companies to address environmental challenges and advance economic opportunities."
The council was established on the basis of observations that more and more consumers are attaching greater importance to the sustainability of the products they buy. Consumers want to support sustainable businesses, but at the same time they want convenience.
Currently, sustainable packaging has emerged on the market, but it can vary widely in quality, leading some consumers to feel cheated. To reduce fraud, the Plant Based Products Council has entered more than 480 plant - or biology-based products on the market into a database for easy management.