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PGC Fact Sheet: Sustainable Bio-Based Packaging

Numerous materials have emerged as viable alternatives to plastic packaging, protecting products equally well in transit while having many more sustainable attributes. While paper, with its high recyclability, is the most commonly used alternative, other bio-based alternatives exist, each with unique qualities and strengths that help replace various types of plastic packaging.

Curated Resources

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CBS News Recycling plastic is a total bust, industry critics say (May 11, 2022)

Reuters U.S. plastic recycling rate drops close to 5% - report (May 5, 2022)

 

Waste Dive Tracking the future of US recycling policy in Congress (May 4, 2022)

PEW Ocean, People, Planet: Preventing Ocean Plastic Pollution (April 8, 2022)

CNET Waste Pollution Is So Bad That a Flood of Plastic Has Reached the Arctic (April 5, 2022)

Two Sides It's True: Paper Products Are Not a Major Contributor to Climate Change. Here's Why... (March 30, 2022)

OECD Plastic pollution is growing relentlessly as waste management and recycling fall short, says OECD (February 22, 2022)

Gartner Sustainable Packaging Strategies Need to Deliver More Than a Headline (February 15, 2022)
 

Roll Call Bipartisan bills look to boost nation's lagging recycling rates (February 2, 2022)

The Hill Brands, manufactuers unveil list of 'problematic and unncessary materials' (January 25, 2022)

The Washington Post Post Five Myths (January 14, 2022)
 

GreenBiz  The war on plastics, 2022: A change of climate (January 10, 2022)

The Wall Street Journal  Can Paper Replace Plastic? A Packaging Giant Is Betting It Can (January 2, 2022)

CBS News  Waste management experts rethink ways to recycle as costs increase (December 4, 2021)

Reuters  World can't recycle its way out of plastic crisis - experts (December 3, 2021)

The Conversation  Plastic trash in the ocean is a global problem, and the US is the top source – a new report urges action (December 3, 2021)

The Hill  US must cut plastic production to save oceans, report says (December 1, 2021)

The Washington Post  U.S. is top contributor to plastic waste, report shows (December 1, 2021)

The Financial Times  Global brands’ use of ‘virgin’ plastics on track for significant drop by 2025 (November 15, 2021)

The Guardian  US rejoins coalition to achieve 1.5C goal at UN climate talks (November 2, 2021)

Beyond Plastics  The New Coal: Plastics and Climate Change (October 21, 2021)

The Washington Post  White House, intelligence agencies, Pentagon issue reports warning that climate change threatens global security (October 21, 2021)

PBS Newshour  Recycling plastic has been an uphill challenge. Could chemical recycling change that? (June 23, 2021)

National Geographic  Global treaty to regulate plastic pollution gains momentum (June 8, 2021)

Popular Science  Where does your paper come from? The good and the bad news. (May 20, 2021)

World Economic Forum  How Rivals Can Work Together to Stop Plastic Waste (May 19, 2021)

The New York Times  Here Is Who’s Behind the Global Surge in Single-Use Plastic (May 18, 2021)

The Wall Street Journal  Recycling Isn’t as Clear-Cut as You Might Think (April 23, 2021)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver  Plastics (March 21, 2021)

The New York Times  Countries Tried to Curb Trade in Plastic Waste. The U.S. Is Shipping More. (March 12, 2021)

Vox  Online shopping has boomed in the pandemic. But what about all the packaging? (January 8, 2021)

Scientific American  We Need a Paris Agreement for Plastics (December 30, 2020)

NPR  How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled (September 11, 2020)

Carbon Tracker Initiative  The Future’s Not in Plastics: Why plastics demand won’t rescue the oil sector (September 4, 2020)

Pew Charitable Trusts  Breaking the Plastic Wave: Top Findings for Preventing Plastic Pollution (July 23, 2020)

Rolling Stone  Planet Plastic (March 3, 2020)

American Forest & Paper Association  2030 Sustainability Goals

Break Free From Plastics Website

EarthLab at the University of Washington Website

Ecowatch  Plastics Overview

Ellen McArthur Foundation  What is a Circular Economy?

Product Stewardship Institute  Packaging and Plastics

The Paper and Packaging Board  Pulp Truth: Can I Recycle This?

Two Sides  Fact Sheets

Two Sides  Paper Packaging - The Natural Choice

World Wildlife Foundation  Plastics Initiative Overview