Guidelines for Sustainable Bioplastics

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These guidelines have been designed to provide guidance to all of the players involved in the emerging international bioplastic industry: farmers growing the feedstock, manufacturers creating the polymers from the feedstock and related converters turning the bioplastics into products, wholesalers and retailers selling the products, buyers of the final products, recyclers or composters of the discarded products, and policy makers setting the framework for support of this work. Creative economic structures may include organizations that combine roles such as farmer cooperatives that both grow feedstock and manufacture plastics.

Buyer engagement is critical. While all players are assumed to have some level of interest in improving the sustainability of the bioplastic industry, success in reaching these goals will depend upon buyers setting high standards and clearly communicating to the industry their commitment to purchasing products only from manufacturers and converters who demonstrate continuous progress toward supporting and attaining these goals.

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