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bioplastics
in place for the 3Rs. It may be
time to develop an organization
- a compostability coalition - to
address the issues that face us.
Technologically, the bioplastics
industry is prepared to help
the world address the plastic
waste challenge. The performance
is there, as well as the
economics. What we need to
succeed is collaboration across
the value chain in order to effectively
influence the regulatory
framework to increase
compostability to a level where
it will have an impact and contribute
to solving the plastic
waste problem.
Over the next couple of years,
the industry is going to continue
to move forward, working to
meet the goal set by the 2025
Plastics Pact that 100% of plastic
will be reusable, recyclable or
compostable by 2025.2 Currently,
65.4% of plastic fits this category.3
That goal may be a bit
ambitious for 2025, but the industry
continues to make great
progress. To succeed in meeting
goal, and our other objectives,
we need to band together.
Biobased food packaging
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tion in the value chain, they are
the group that exerts the most
influence in shaping outcomes
for compostable material. It is
important that we include them
and that we all work together to
establish a circular approach to
collaboration.
The inclusion of NGOs is imperative
as they are extremely
influential. They hold people
and organizations to the commitments
they make, and one
thing that they are very good at
is being active in shaping key
regulations - California's SB-54
is a great example of that. We
need to work with them and
government agencies to put
together guidelines that will ensure
the entire system works.
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Today, we need a broad coalition
that includes composters,
recyclers, material suppliers,
compounders,
converters,
brand owners, NGOs, government
and end users. All these
segments offer different, valuable
perspectives to the conversation
and should have a
voice in shaping legislation and
practices that will impact the
entire industry.
As we are building on this
collaboration, we need to expand
from a regional to global
approach. Looking at the three
major regions of the US, Europe
and Asia, there isn't one
approach that is currently working.
The US is following the
lead of a few influential states;
Europe is focusing on recyJanuary/February
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cling and struggling to make
any headway in their efforts to
reduce plastic waste; and Asia
is taking myriad approaches,
none of which have been overly
successful. Working together
globally, we will have a much
greater impact.
A modest proposal
In this article, I have focused
on the issue of making compostability
a viable solution to
at least some segments of the
plastic waste problem. It is one
tool in a diverse toolbox that
can help us manage our plastic
waste dilemma. Yet, the infrastructure
for compostability is
relatively young and unsophisticated
compared with the ones
Max Senechal is the executive
vice president and
chief commercial officer at
CJ Biomaterials, a leading
industrial biotechnology
company focused on developing
and commercializing
biomaterials based
on its PHA platform. He
has more than 25 years'
experience in the chemical
and material industries,
with the last 13 years
spent on the development
of biomaterials at Metabolix,
Ginkgo Bioworks and
CJ Biomaterials. Senechal
holds a degree in mechanical
engineering from Laval
University in Canada.
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