PLASTICS’ Bioplastics Division will host the seventh-annual Bioplastics Week from September 13-17, 2021. The Bioplastics Week is a social media campaign that aims to increase visibility for bioplastics, promoting conversations via social media posts with authentic materials, like infographics, reports, blog posts, and videos. It’s goal is to educate consumers and the plastics industry about bioplastics. And we’re here to give coverage to this amazing event.
Monday, September 13
First day of Bioplastics Week
The theme today was welcoming everyone to the event and giving a great intro to the world of bioplastics.
Bioplastics Division Members created a complete Resource List, a compilation of links to articles, guides, news stories, research and informational sites that perfectly explain diverse topics –including but not limited to beginning of life feedstocks, end of life options, products made with bioplastic material,– terminology within the bioplastics industry and an all-around bioplastics 101.
There were also video interviews with a panel of experts, kicking off with a warm welcome from Dan Martens, PLASTICS Bioplastics Division Chair and VP of North America for Novamont. It was followed by a chat titled “Collaboration and Partnerships”, given by Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics.
Tuesday, September 14
Second day of Bioplastics Week
The theme for today was “From Plants to Products”. It was all about the origins of bioplastics, their “roots”, their methods and places of processing, and how they become a final product.
Bioplastics Division released a YouTube playlist containing plenty of videos, both entertaining and educational, from different organizations around the world regarding bioplastics.
The video interviews with experts on Tuesday were incredibly informative and inspiring, starting with the talk “Building Consumer Confidence” with Derek Jones, Branch Chief, Public Private Partnerships Branch of the USDA BioPreferred Program, followed by “Finding Bioplastics” with Patrick Krieger, Senior Director, Sustainability & Materials; Plastics Industry Association.