DARIEN, Connecticut, US – The Plant Based Product Council (PBPC) welcomed Smile Beverage Werks o-Founder Frankie Schuster as the Start-up/Small Business Member Board Representative for 2021-2022. Schuster will support the Council’s work in enhancing public awareness of plant-based products, advocating for policy changes that encourage the development of renewable products, and building collaborative efforts between business, government, and NGOs toward a circular economy.
“It’s an honor to have a front row seat at PBPC on some of the new regulations and laws pertaining to plant-based materials,” said Co-Founder Frankie Schuster. “I hope to contribute a small business perspective to the collective effort in growing our industry and am eager to learn from this board of incredible leaders I get to sit alongside.”
Smile Beverage Werks is a Public Benefit Corporation revolutionizing the single-use coffee pod industry with a commercially compostable, plant-based pod. Our pod commercially composts whole, eliminating the messy cleaning and separation tasks. Prepping our pod for recycling involves no rinsing, aiding water conservation efforts. Plastic bagging has also been eliminated without compromising freshness and maintaining a 12+ month shelf life. Smile Beverage Werks offers private label opportunities to reduce plastic pollution derived within the coffee pod industry. Plastic pods can sit in landfills for hundreds of years resulting in negative environmental impacts, such as leaked chemicals into watershed, pollution, and microplastics in the environment.
PBPC’s Executive Director Jessica Bowman stated, “We believe it is important that our board reflects the numerous and varied voices across our value chain. These new board members bring a diverse array of experiences that will be invaluable to PBPC’s mission.”
Smile Coffee Werks® is committed to sustainability in all aspects of its production: We source beans from only Rainforest Alliance Certified farms; our pods are manufactured in a facility using wind, solar, and hydropower; our cartons are made from recycled materials; our supply chain is certified climate neutral by ClimatePartner; and our products are certified USDA Biobased Products and certified commercially compostable by BPI. We’re very proud of our mission to make going green as easy as drinking a delicious cup of coffee. Our pods can be bought online at Walmart, Amazon, and www.smilecoffeewerks.com.