Good jobs help keep families healthy, and healthy families create healthy communities. But in the last four years alone, thousands of Mainers have been left unemployed or underemployed as a result of declining industries.
Meanwhile, global demand for products made from renewable material—biobased products—is rapidly rising.
What is ‘biobased’? Instead of making everyday products like shampoo bottles, laptop computers, or food containers from plastic made with fossil fuels, we can make them out of renewable material like wood. Plant-based products are biobased.
Biobased products are good for people and the planet. Many products can be recycled or composted back into soil nutrients. And using plants as a raw material, instead of oil and gas, reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
In Maine, we can meet the rising demand for biobased products and create good jobs with climate-friendly manufacturing that can turn wood chips into everyday products.
Indeed, the national biobased industry is growing. By 2025, 20 percent of chemical production will be biobased, creating 237,000 U.S. jobs.
This growing green industry can strengthen Maine, creating lasting, good-paying jobs for our rural communities while also helping to protect our climate and our health.
But Maine legislators must take action to grow the biobased industry in Maine. With your help, we’re working to pass legislation to provide business incentives to bring this new green industry to Maine.