May 2, 2022
To: Readers of Plastic Food Packaging Waste News
I am writing to inform you that beginning June 30, 2022, the updates you have been receiving through www.pfpw.news will be coming to you from the non-profit I established in 2017, the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative www.adfpi.org
The news service was established in 2020 as a Maryland Limited Liability Company (LLC) as a means of demonstrating the need for the Initiative, but on a fee for service basis – It turns out that while readers found the updates to be informative and useful, the reader complimentary distribution list kept growing, there were an insufficient number of paid subscribers to make continuation of the LLC possible.
Accordingly, effective July 1, 2022, the LLC will be discontinued with updates on environmental issues associated with plastic food packaging coming to all readers on a complimentary basis through the Initiative, which I am self-funding.
As background, the purpose of www.adfpi.org, the Initiative, is to convince/persuade/inspire the food industry to establish a public private partnership (PPP) for the discovery of new food packaging materials that would be digestible by animals – See the Initiative website for details.
~ The Initiative is seeking an individual with web master and social media experience to volunteer their time to make improvements in the Initiative home page, LinkedIn, Twitter and set up and manage these and other media platforms.
If because of this change, or any other reason, you wish to stop receiving our updates, I will understand; just drop me a note and I will promptly remove your email address from the distribution list.
Jack Cooper, Executive Director at
Plastic Food Packaging Waste News https://pfpw.news/pfpw-news-archives/
Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative www.adfpi.org
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-cooper-21474b14/
A 1989 Fellow and 51-Year Member of the Institute of Food Technologists www.ift.org
E-Mail: JLC@PFPW.news — Cell: 301 384 8287
For the following reasons Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging (IDPFP) is a food industry scientific, legislative, regulatory, and public affairs issue:
~ Wildlife, including marine food sources, are exposed to IDPFP in their natural environment.
~ Adverse biological effect studies are underway;
~ For some species, adverse biological effects have been demonstrated.
~ At the present time, there are no known adverse human health effects from exposure to IDPFP.
~ IDPFP that reaches the environment will over time naturally degrade into micro and nano size plastic fibers;
~ Research projects around the world are underway to learn of biological health effects.
~ Governments around the world are developing legislative and regulatory mandates to prevent the environmental release of IDPFP, including the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) where producers are required to accept financial or physical responsibility for the treatment or disposal of discarded consumer products.
~ Consumers are increasingly applying Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors to the companies from which they purchase consumer products and investors are applying ESG factors in their decision-making process.
~ Lawsuits against companies for alleged false environmental claims.
~ Recycling difficulties.
~ Constant social and mainstream media attention.
I do my best to keep our readers informed of current developments.
The archive of Latest News is here: https://pfpw.news/pfpw-news-archives/ which as of March 16, 2021, requires a password for access to all but the most recent posts.
Latest News items are posted to LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-cooper-21474b14/detail/recent-activity/shares/
Twitter posts are here: https://twitter.com/PFPWNews
My Linkedin profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-cooper-21474b14/
I am also Executive Director of the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative – www.adfpi.org
PFPW.news is seeking an individual, including a student or intern, to volunteer their time at least until the end of July 2022 to serve as web master and social media director for this news service pfpw.news and the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative www.adfpi.org
I would welcome an opportunity to present a virtual presentation about the subject of “Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging” to student clubs, board of directors, IFT and IAFP meetings, and other groups.
~ On the following days, I gave PowerPoint presentations on the scientific, legislative and public affairs issues associated with “Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging” – The PowerPoint slides are available upon request:
~ February 8 – I participated with two others in an in-person Washington Ag Roundtable panel discussion on “Environment, Climate and Agriculture”
~ February 23 – I met on campus and in person with the student members of the University of California at Davis Food Tech Club – In 1971, I was President of the Club and was invited by the current President Amber Sun.
PFPW News is issued by Jack Cooper, Executive Director, Plastic Food Packaging Waste News www.pfpw.news/pfpw-news-archives/
Cell: 301 908 3744 – JLC@PFPW.news
33 Falling Creek Court — Silver Spring, Maryland 20904