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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product

Through the Voluntary Labeling Initiative, companies may apply for certification to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product label on a product that states its third-party tested and verified biobased content. The purpose of this label is to make it easy for consumers to locate and compare biobased products for purchase.


By choosing a biobased product labelled, USDA Certified Biobased Product, the consumer can be assured that the USDA and the federal government stand behind the accuracy of the percent of biobased ingredients as stated on the label. The USDA has established least biobased content standards for many product categories. A product must meet or exceed the least biobased content percentage in its given group to qualify for certification. Products belonging in categories for which minimum biobased content requirements have not yet been established must contain at least 25% biobased content.

What is a biobased product?

Biobased products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. These products offer an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products and include a diverse range of offerings such as lubricants, detergents, inks, fertilizers, and bioplastics. For the purposes of the Bio Preferred program, biobased products do not include food, animal feed or biofuels.

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TUV Austria OK Compost (EN 13432) formerly Vincotte

Vinçotte (now TÜV AUSTRIA) is faced with fresh challenges day after day. As an example, a Flemish environmental protection agency decided in the early 1990s to float the idea of using compostable bags to collect organic waste. As there were so many suppliers all saying they were able to provide compostable bags, Vinçotte (now TÜV AUSTRIA) was called in to check how true the compostability claims were. Adopting a proactive attitude towards the assignment, Vinçotte discovered a new need, developing the OK compost certification programme in the light of consultations held with specialists in various disciplines. Consequently, Vinçotte was well ahead of any other developments in the sector.


TUV Austria OK Compost HOME formerly Vincotte

Owing to the comparatively smaller volume of waste involved, the temperature in a garden compost heap is clearly lower and less constant than in an industrial composting environment. This is why composting in the garden is a more difficult, slower-paced process. TÜV AUSTRIA’s innovative answer to this challenge was to develop OK compost HOME to guarantee complete biodegradability in the light of specific requirements, even in your garden compost heap.


Bureau de normalization du Quebec (BNQ)

The Bureau de normalization du Quebec (BNQ) is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a certification organization. This accreditation guarantees the BNQ’s impartiality in the process, and the BNQ’s compliance with SCC requirements, as well as those of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in terms of competence and ethical practices. Backed by these international accreditations, the BNQ is in a position to certify businesses all around the world.


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