I know the blog is late putting out this news but it's worthwhile to mention some of the first companies and products that were included in the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) newly-certified biobased products.
If readers recalled, the USDA put out an announcement in January about their new voluntary product certification and labeling program for qualifying biobased products (and chemicals). The label identifies biobased products as those composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients coming from renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials and will have a prescribed percentage amount of biobased content certified to meet the USDA standards.
Eleven companies received the first BioPreferred label approval with products including hand soaps and hand sanitizers, plant-based plastic food packaging used to package fresh food, an array of biobased cleaning products, engine oils and lubricants, as well as biobased fiber spun into carpet and clothes.
Companies include: Nutek Green, Seventh Generation, Betco Corp., Clear Lam Packaging, DuPont, ElastiKote, Green Earth Technologies, National Industries for the Blind Agencies, NatureWorks, Rochester Midland Corporation, and Bio-Lub Canada.
The USDA estimates that there are 20,000 biobased products currently being manufactured in the United States.