You can't have a green industry without green associations and there have been several new groups that came out just this year. This is just in the US unfortunately but anybody who can give me a new green group list (anywhere), I'll be happy to share it with the green blog readers.
1. Bioplastic Council by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) - formally launched just yesterday, the new group will provide a forum for resin and additive suppliers, as well as processors and equipment suppliers, to promote the development of bioplastics as an integral part of the plastics industry.
2. American Ag and Energy Council - formed in August this year, the group, composed of leaders from agribusiness, agricultural and biorenewable research and development, education and the ethanol industry throughout the Midwest, aims to link sectors of agriculture, agribusiness, and the renewable industry.
3. Bioplastics Recycling Consortium - the group's mission is to develop an effective, efficient and economical recovery system and end markets for post-consumer bioplastic materials. The consortium was formed also in August by the the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, Climate Neutral, NatureWorks LLC, Porter Novelli, Primo Water Corporation, U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste, University of Florida Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, and the Yale Office of Sustainability.
4. Progressive Bag Affiliates - the group was formed in January by the American Chemistry Council's Plastics division to promote the environmentally-responsible use of plastic bags.