There are several third-party certified eco-labeling programs and biobased product initiatives worldwide that require or recommend ASTM D6866 testing for products.
NOTE: Beta Analytic is not affiliated with any of the programs listed below.
U.S. government agencies are obliged to procure products with the highest biobased content as listed in the USDA’s BioPreferred Catalog. This USDA program also has a voluntary labeling scheme that aims to keep consumers well informed of their choices when it comes to buying biobased products. Applicants to the latter are required to submit ASTM D6866 certification. Products already part of the federal procurement program are not automatically included in the voluntary labeling program. Qualified products under the federal procurement program still need to be re-tested for biobased content via ASTM D6866 as part of the voluntary labeling program application process.
Products for ASTM D6866 Testing: The Federal Procurement Program accepts products that belong to USDA-established designated categories. The Voluntary Labeling Program is applicable to most biobased products as long as they comply with the required minimum biobased content level.
BioPreferred Web site: www.biopreferred.gov
Vinçotte in Belgium is an inspection, testing, and certification body. Its OK Biobased eco-label system uses a star system to indicate a product’s biobased content – the more stars in the logo, the higher is a product’s biobased content.
Products for ASTM D6866 Testing: Products must have at least 30% organic carbon and be at least 20% biobased to obtain the OK Biobased logo.
OK Biobased Background: Vinçotte Requires Carbon 14 Analysis for OK Biobased Certification, OK Biobased Summary
OK Biobased Web site: www.okbiobased.be
DIN CERTCO is a certification organization of TÜV Rheinland Group and DIN, the German Institute for Standardization. Its DIN-Geprüft Biobased certification scheme has three quality divisions based on the biobased carbon content: (a) Biobased 20-50%, (b) Biobased 50-85%, and (c) Biobased >85%.
Products for ASTM D6866 Testing: All products that are at least 50% organic and at least 20% biobased can be certified, except medical and hazardous products and fuels with fossil components. The certification scheme applies to products which are wholly or partly produced from biobased raw materials.
DIN-Geprüft Biobased Background: DIN-Geprüft Biobased – for more Sustainability
DIN CERTCO Web site: www.dincertco.de
Launched in July 2006, Japan BioPlastics Association’s BiomassPla certification and labeling system certifies biomass-based plastic products. Under this program, registered products carry a logo easily identifiable by consumers. The BiomassPla labeling program only applies to members of the JBPA.
Products for ASTM D6866 Testing: Plastic products must contain biomass-derived components that can be measured using ASTM D6866
BiomassPla Background: Japan BioPlastics Association’s BiomassPla Certification for Biomass-based Plastics
JBPA Web site: http://www.jbpaweb.net/english/english.htm
Founded by the Canadian government in 1988, the EcoLogo Program has evolved into one of North America’s largest ecolabeling systems. EcoLogo certifies a broad range of commercial products.
Products for ASTM D6866 Testing: EcoLogo’s standard for hand sanitizers CCD-170 requires biobased content measurement. Under the standard, instant hand antiseptic products must be at least 73% biobased excluding the packaging.
CCD-170 Background: Hand Sanitizers Need Biobased Testing to Get an EcoLogo
Update: CCD-170 is now called UL 2783 Instant Hand Antiseptics
Related Topic: UL Environment’s Biobased Content Validation
Braskem, a petrochemical company in Brazil, has created the I’m Green seal to identify products that contain the Braskem green plastic in their composition. The seal is exclusive to Braskem clients.
Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative has released a list of purchasing specifications called BioSpecs. Manufacturers of food service ware can get Bronze, Silver, and Gold ratings if they meet certain criteria, one of which is organic carbon content.
Products for ASTM D6866 Testing: Food service ware must be at least 95% biobased to get a Bronze rating.
BioSpecs Background: SBC’s BioSpecs Uses ASTM D6866 for Organic Carbon Content Measurement
SBC Web site: www.sustainablebiomaterials.org
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Sustainable Packaging Indicators and Metrics Framework Version 1.0 includes Renewable Material Use as a supplemental indicator with Total Material Use as the core indicator.
Products for ASTM D6866 Testing: Bioplastics (see page 20 of the Framework).
Sustainable Packaging Indicators Background: Sustainable Packaging Metrics Framework Include ASTM D6866 for Bioplastics
SPC Web site: http://www.sustainablepackaging.org
The ICC Evaluation Service issued a guideline outlining the requirements for obtaining an ICC-ES Verification of Attributes Report (VAR) under its Sustainable Attributes Verification and Evaluation (SAVE) program. The VAR verifies manufacturer environmental claims and product attributes. The Evaluation Guideline for Determination of Biobased Material Content (EG102) was effective October 1, 2008.
Products for ASTM D6866 Testing: Building materials
ICC-ES SAVE Background: Guidelines for Verification of Attributes
EG102: Evaluation Guideline for Determination of Biobased Material Content
The EPEAT Program aims to aid purchasers assess and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes. Registered products are rated Gold, Silver or Bronze depending on the percentage of 28 optional criteria they meet on top of the baseline criteria.
According to EPEAT Conformity Assessment Protocols 4.2 Materials Selection Version 1.3 (March 2010) concerning declaration of renewable/biobased plastic materials content of desktop and laptop computers, thin clients, workstations and computer monitors, verification of the biobased content is determined through ASTM D6866.
Products for ASTM D6866 Testing: Plastic materials used in computers and monitors
EPEAT Web site: http://www.epeat.net/
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings. LEED may be applied to all buildings. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn one of four LEED rating levels – Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
ASTM D6866 is used to verify the the biobased content in building materials that meet the Sustainable Agriculture Network’s Sustainable Agriculture Standard, contributing to the LEED rating level. There is no minimum biobased content requirement.
Products for ASTM D6866 Testing: Building materials
Last Updated July 2016