Who We Are
The Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA) was formed by some of the world’s leading consumer brand companies as a precompetitive, multi-stakeholder forum focused on advancing knowledge of bioplastics and their potential social and environmental impacts. Members of the BFA include: The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Ford Motor Company, Nestle, P&G, The LEGO Group, McDonald’s Corporation, Target Corporation, Keurig Dr Pepper and Kimberly-Clark Corporation. These global companies, together with respected academic and NGO thought leaders, are all committed to using informed science and critical thinking to together provide thought leadership on the responsible sourcing of bioplastics, and the role of bioplastic in circular systems. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) supports the responsible management of natural resources while meeting the increasing demands of a growing population. As a part of this commitment, WWF has helped to convene the BFA in order to enable progress toward realizing its important objectives.
Why We Joined Together
The emerging bioeconomy has so far been characterized by the development of biofuel technology and markets around the world. As that industry has matured, a number of critical issues have come into focus such as resource competition for food, land, water and energy. These issues represent challenges to the future growth of the bioplastics industry as a part of that bioeconomy. The BFA seeks to identify the potential impacts of the bioplastic industry and possible measures to mitigate them. In this way, BFA can help move the bioplastic industry’s supply chain in a positive direction.
The Role of Bioplastics in a Circular Economy
Shifting to bioplastic alone will not fix our broken material system, but this shift is an important piece of the puzzle – which must also include a fundamental shift towards a more circular model. In a circular economy where reuse, recovery and recycling are maximized, a small amount of virgin material will still be needed because material loss and degradation occurs throughout the recovery and recycling process. Recent advances in technology and agricultural production make it possible to envision a future where renewable carbon from plants replaces fossil carbon in the production of new materials. This new industrial production system is called the “bioeconomy.” The bioeconomy makes it possible to reduce the carbon intensity of materials used in packaging, textiles, automotive, and a wide range of other industrial and consumer goods applications. However, the bioeconomy relies on agriculture and forestry industries, both of which can have serious social and environmental impacts. This is why careful decision-making and responsible sourcing is necessary to the production of biomaterials.
What We Seek to Accomplish
The BFA recognizes the risks associated with bioplastic production and was therefore created to help evaluate bioplastic feedstocks and the technologies used to create bioplastics and to advise on mitigating potential risks. Using the most up-to-date science, the BFA can guide its members towards responsible bioplastic production and use. The main goal of the BFA is to explore and communicate the sustainability risks and opportunities associated with bioplastic production. Only through a strong dedication to science and the convening of a diverse group of stakeholders can the BFA drive positive change for the bioplastic industry at scale.