Spotlight Archive

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New Foodservice Packaging Recovery Toolkit provides guidance on capturing value from food service waste streams - March 14, 2014

Debra Lynn Dadd's Toxic Free Talk Radio Show had ILSR's Brenda Platt on as a guest to talk about bioplastics. - November 6, 2013

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network has awarded the City of San Jose a grant for the development of a compostable plastics toolkit. To participate in the toolbox development, please click here to take the 10 minute survey.

BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles to become largest city in U.S. to ban plastic bags. Read more.

Montgomery County, MD, may have drastically underestimated the effect of its single use bag fee. An advocacy group estimates a 60-70% reduction in bag use in the fee's first year.

"Compostable Plastic Bags: A Glance of What’s Packed in the Bag," new fact sheet available.

The "Out to Sea: The Plastics Project" shows the extent of ocean trash problem in its Zurich-based exhibit.

Don’t miss the Chicago GreenScreen Training and Green Chemistry Conference, November 13-15, 2012. The first Midwest workshops sold out. Register soon.

ILSR’s Brenda Platt will chair a session on innovative bioplastics management strategies at the 2012 Biopolymers Symposium.

Green Polymer Chemistry 2013, will take place March 19-21, 2013 in Cologne, Germany. Presentation summaries are being accepted through September 14, 2012.

Watch the recording of the June 4th Biobased Products Procurement in the U.S. webinar

The comment period for Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement ends July 2. See the proposed guidelines.

Register today for the June 4th Biobased Products Procurement in the U.S. webinar. Space is limited.

InnoPlast Solutions to host BioPlastics: The Re-Invention of Plastics from June 13-15, 2012. Register now!

Eco-cycle documents the harmful issue of Micro-plastics in Compost.

Don't miss seeing ILSR’s Brenda Platt speak about emerging issues in biomaterials at the 7th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

SBC Co-chair Jim Kleinschmit to keynote the Biopolymer World Congress in Italy on April 23rd.

Agricultural Utilization Research Institute report, Biobased Products - Minnesota’s Opportunity and Challenge: A Focus on BioPlastics, remarks on the work of the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative.

Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine hosts event on Seizing Maine's Market Share in the Bio-Based Economy on April 11, 2012. Register now!

Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative hosts webinar on Recycling PLA; for more info and to register, click here.

Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) releases 2011 Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies.

Environment California issued a report, Leading the Way Toward A Clean Ocean: Communities Around the World Take Action Against Plastic Bags, on the impact of plastic bags and the efforts of local governments to ban them.

Check out the new book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, by Susan Freinkel.

New report, Plastic waste: redesign and biodegradability, by the European Commission looks at the issues with plastic.

California Senate passes bill to ban polystyrene state-wide

Follow the ‘Trash Reduction Act of 2011’ - disposable carryout bag tax introduced to the US House of Representatives in April 2011.

The SBC and Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) recently hosted a webinar on Purchasing Compostable Food Service Ware

New study indicates DC’s bag fee very effective in changing behavior.

"Confused and Contagious," a response to the decision to cut the 'Green the Capitol' composting initiative.

Plastic bag rap to encourage banning plastic bags.

Read "The New Biomassters - Synthetic Biology and The Next Assault on Biodiversity and Livelihoods," a critique by the ETC Group of what OECD countries are calling 'the new bioeconomy.'

The Northeast Recycling Council has a new guidance document for special event food waste diversion.

Take this survey, developed by NYC Dept. of Sanitation, to help gather opinions regarding the plastic resin identification code (RIC) that ASTM International is currently revising.

Watch Heal the Bay's mockumentary, "The Majestic Plastic Bag," about the life of a plastic grocery bag.

Watch "The Story of Bottled Water," a humorous animated video by Annie Leonard, to learn about the provocative issue of manufactured demand.

SB 1454: Truthful Environmental Advertising in Plastics gets vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.

SB 1454: Truthful Environmental Advertising in Plastics has passed in California and awaits the Governor's signature.

Find safer school supplies for your kids with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice's Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies.

Don't miss Heeral Bhalala's presentation at the Biobased Chemicals East conference in Boston, September 13-15, 2010

Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative hosts webinar, Sustainability of Bioplastic Feedstocks, on July 19th.

Sustainable Packaging Coalition releases report on Compostable Packaging – The Reality on the Ground.

On August 12th, various groups and individuals join forces for a state-wide ban on plastic bags in California. Be part of the effort and see who's involved.

Brenda Platt mentioned in Bioplastics Magazine for moderating at Innovation Takes Root conference.

California may be the first to have a state-wide ban on plastic bags.

Seattle bans all non-compostable and non-recyclable food packaging and service ware starting July 1, 2010.

Green Cities California releases Environmental Assessment of Single Use and Reusable Grocery Bags

ILSR co-sponsors "Compost Matters," a one-day conference on composting in the Delaware Valley.

Biobased product purchasing specifications released, for environmentally preferable compostable biobased food service ware.

Plastics Scorecard, Clean Production Action releases new environmental scorecard for comment

ILSR and SBC to speak at Biopolymer Symposium, September 29-30, 2009

Biodegradable Plastics: True or False?, article exposing false claims of product biodegradability

Sustainable Communities Need Sustainable Biomaterials, presentation at the Global Plastics Environmenal Conference (GPEC), 2009