Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Compostable Foodservice Ware Packet” (July 2012)

Compostable Plastic Bags: A Glance at What is Packed in the Bag” (March 2012)

FAQs: Why Choose Compostable Products for Food Service,” (June 2011)

Heeral Bhalala, “Sustainability Counts Through the Life Cycle,” Bioplastics Magazine (May 2010)

Brenda Platt, “Biodegradable Plastics: True or False? Good or Bad?,” RecycleScene (March 2009)

Brenda Platt, “Crops Into Plastics: How emerging bioplastic technology could impact the waste stream,” Waste Age (July 2006)


Brenda Platt, “What Makes a Sustainable Biomaterial? Criteria and Market-Based Tools,” Bioplastics: Reshaping an Industry Conference, Las Vegas, February 3, 2011.

Heeral Bhalala, “Matching Biobased Products with Successful Composting,” US Composting Council Conference 2011, Santa Clara, California, January 26, 2011.

Brenda Platt, “Organics Recovery & Biobased Materials: Opportunities for Corporate Involvement,” POWER (Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recovery) Meeting, Santa Clara, California, January 24, 2011.

Brenda Platt, “Polystyrene in Food Service: Problems & Alternatives,” webinar presentation to Practice Greenhealth, November 18, 2010.

Brenda Platt and David Levine, “What Makes a Sustainable Biomaterial,” Open Forum presentation to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, October 28, 2010.

Brenda Platt, “Sustainable Communities Need Sustainable Biomaterials,” Global Plastics Environmental Council (GPEC), 2009.

Network Links

Sustainable Plastics

This website explores the problems with fossil-fuel based plastics, how plastics can be more sustainable throughout their lifecycle, as well as the opportunities and challenges of using biobased plastics.

Business-NGO Working Group

This working group promotes the creation and adoption of safer chemicals and sustainable materials in a way that supports market transitions to a healthy economy, healthy environment, and healthy people.


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BioSpecs and Guidelines for Sustainable Plastics (download)

Host: Business-NGO Working Group

Date: April 9, 2013


Biobased Products Procurement in the U.S. (watch recording)

Host: SBC, Responsible Purchasing Network, and USDA BioPreferred

Date: June 4, 2012

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Recycling PLA (watch recording)

Host: SBC

Date: March 19, 2012

Time: 1pm-2:30pm EST

Compostable Food Service Ware

Date: May 12, 2011

  • Brenda Platt, Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative
  • Alicia Culver, Responsible Purchasing Network
  • Susan Kinsella, Conservatree and Responsible Purchasing Network

Styrofoam Elimination: Guidance on Purchase of Biodegradable Foodware

Host: Practice Green Health

Date: November 18, 2010


Starting at the Source: Sustainability of Bioplastic Feedstocks  

Host: SBC
Date: July 19, 2010

  • Corey Brinkema, U.S. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC-US)
  • Lee B. Kane, Whole Foods Market, North Atlantic Region
  • David Levine, Green Harvest Technologies