In Falmouth this past Friday, the Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine (SBCoM) held an extremely successful 1st Annual Meeting at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm. The keynote address by Dr. Mark Rossi of Clean Production Action, “Defining a Path to Sustainable Bioplastics: Trends in Materials Specifications”, had the audience of over 20 Maine business people engaged and seeking dialogue on this important topic. Dr. Rossi acknowledged the significant step the Council took when we included “sustainable” in our name, and urged us to get involved in helping to set sustainability standards.
Throughout the entire event, there was much discussion, networking, and information sharing as members were connecting with each other around issues important to their businesses and to the Council. The business components of the meeting were also well attended and resulted in the current Board of Directors totaling seven members with Maylene Mitchell as President.
The SBCoM is a relatively new trade association comprised of Maine businesses, NGOs, the University, and individuals who are focused on promoting, supporting and expanding Maine’s emerging sustainable bioplastics industry. The Council was created with direction by EHSC and is currently staffed by EHSC personnel.