USDA BioPreferred Voluntary Labeling Program

  • USDA BioPreferred Voluntary Labeling Program final rule is effective February 22, 2011
  • The program, applicable to both domestic and imported products, requires ASTM D6866 certification from an ISO 9001 conformant laboratory.
  • Beta Analytic, an ISO 9001 conformant lab that has contributed to the development of ASTM D6866, provides biobased content testing.
  • ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited Beta Analytic is not affiliated with the USDA BioPreferred Program. However, you are welcome to contact BETA ANALYTIC on how to submit samples for testing as part of the Biopreferred Voluntary Labeling Program.

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Note to all Applicants – Make sure your Biobased Participant Agreement with ASTM has been signed and accepted. If you obtain an analysis prior to acceptance, ASTM will not accept the result even if you have an application number provided by the USDA. Please read the USDA Biopreferred Labeling Process Fact Sheet before submitting samples to the lab.

Intermediate Products – If you have listed your material on the USDA application as an intermediate product, it is okay to sub-sample and deliver in any packaging appropriate for the material. Our laboratory will take a picture once we receive the sample. “Intermediate” is a raw material which is sold then modified or used in making a “retail” product which is then purchased by the consumer.

Retail Products – If you have listed your material on the USDA application as a retail product, please send a sample in its retail packaging (usually the smallest available). “Retail” is defined as a product that is purchased directly by the consumer or is a packaging used “as-is” to contain a product purchased by the consumer. The laboratory is required to take a picture of this as third-party validation of what was analyzed (i.e. the result was obtained on material taken from the same container shown in the picture). If you would like to sub-sample a retail product before submitting it to the laboratory, please consult the USDA. We can receive a maximum of 25 grams or 25 mL per sample. If your product is bigger, please contact ASTM to obtain approval for sub-sampling before the sample is submitted for testing.

Beta Analytic can only accept samples that can be disposed of legally by pouring down the drain or throwing in the garbage in the state of Florida. Please consult the laboratory before sending your samples.

Beta Analytic’s detailed reminders for label applicants are found here. A tutorial on Label Application is found in the USDA website.

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USDA BioPreferred Program requires ASTM Method D6866The Voluntary Labeling Program aims to aid consumers in identifying commercially available biobased products. Under this program, successful applicants (manufacturers and vendors) can affix a distinctive USDA label on their goods and marketing materials as long as their products meet the BioPreferred program’s requirements. The minimum biobased content has been established under the USDA’s BioPreferred Federal Procurement Preference Program. Products that do not belong to the existing categories under the federal procurement program are still eligible if they are at least 25% biobased. The minimum biobased content for all items are subject to change. The USDA intends to increase the minimum biobased content over time as biobased product technologies advance.

According to the USDA, biobased products are commercial or industrial products (other than food or feed) that are composed in whole, or in significant part, of biological products, renewable agricultural materials (including plant, animal, and marine materials), or forestry materials as per the 2002 Farm Bill. The 2008 Farm Bill extended the definition of biobased products to include biobased intermediate ingredients or feedstocks.

ASTM Method D6866 Required

Other than product information, applicants are required to submit ASTM D6866 test results as evidence of the product’s biobased content and documentation of the testing lab’s ISO 9001 conformance. Applicants must also provide the USDA with the product’s brand names, contact information, and Web site URL (if available).

The USDA intends to conduct occasional random ASTM D6866 testing on certified products to ensure compliance to minimum biobased content requirements.

MULTIPLE PRODUCTS – For products with similar biobased content but slightly different formulations, the USDA allows representative biobased content testing to suffice if the product formulation does not vary by more than 3 percent.

BIOPREFERRED CATALOG PRODUCTS – Products already part of the BioPreferred federal procurement program need to be re-tested for biobased content via ASTM D6866 except those that were tested between February 20, 2010, and February 20, 2011, by an approved third-party laboratory. Applicants with products tested for biobased content between this period should disclose such information in the “Legacy Tests” section of the online application (BioPreferred Website). They also need to complete an additional form provided by the USDA via email. The USDA will obtain test results directly from the lab and will continue the application review process.

The USDA BioPreferred Label

The USDA label consists of an artwork, the biobased content percentage, and either of these three text variations: USDA Certified Biobased Product, USDA Certified Biobased Product: Package, or USDA Certified Biobased Product and Package. The letters “FP” appear on the artwork of labels for products that are also part of the Federal Procurement Preference Program.

The Voluntary Labeling Program is also applicable to products imported for sale in the U.S. as long as they meet the same criteria as U.S.-sourced biobased products. Even if they are considered to be biobased in their countries of origin, these imported products will carry the label only if they meet specific USDA criteria.

There is no specified deadline for application submissions. Applications to the Voluntary Labeling Program are evaluated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Companies can only use the label on the biobased product identified in their application when they receive the notice of certification from the USDA. Rejected applicants can submit revised applications for reconsideration.

Certification remains valid only if the certified product complies with the required minimum biobased content. If the USDA revises the required minimum levels, the certified product must meet the new requirement to continue using the label.

Source: Voluntary Labeling Program for Biobased Products (Final Rule), Federal Register Vol. 76 No. 13 Pages 3790-3813 Published January 20, 2011

USDA Minimum Biobased Content

The following is a list of the USDA’s designated items and their required minimum biobased content as of June 2013. Click on the arrows to view the USDA’s definition of each product category.
Source: USDA BioPreferred Website

Designated Items

Minimum Biobased Content

2-Cycle Engine Oils
34%
Lubricants designed for use in 2-cycle engines to provide lubrication, decreased spark plug fouling, reduced deposit formation, and/or reduced engine wear.
Adhesive and Mastic Removers
58%
Solvent products formulated for use in removing asbestos, carpet, and tile mastics as well as adhesive materials, including glue, tape, and gum, from various surface types.
Aircraft Cleaners
48%
Cleaners designed to remove built-on grease, oil, dirt, pollution, insect reside, or impact soils on both interior and exterior of aircraft. Tentative Minimum: 48%
Agricultural Spray Adjuvants
50%
Products mixed in the spray tank with the herbicide, pesticide, or fertilizer formulas that will improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of the chemicals, including sticking agents, wetting agents, etc.
Air Fresheners and Deodorizers
97%
Products used to alleviate the experience of unpleasant odors by chemical neutralization, absorption, anesthetization, or masking.
Animal Cleaning Products
57%
Products designed to clean, condition, or remove substances from animal hair or other parts of an animal.
Animal Repellents
79%
Products used to aid in deterring animals that cause destruction to plants and/or property.
Asphalt and Tar Removers
80%
Cleaning agents designed to remove asphalt or tar from equipment, roads, or other surfaces.
Asphalt Restorers
68%
Products designed to seal, protect, or restore poured asphalt and concrete surfaces.
Automotive Care Products
75%
Cleaners and protectants for automotive use including waxes, buffing compounds, polishes, degreasers, soaps, wheel & tire cleaners, and perfumes and fragrances. Tentative Minimum: 38%
Bath Products
61%
Personal hygiene products including bar soaps, liquids, or gels that are referred to as body washes, body shampoos, or cleansing lotions, but excluding products marketed as hand cleaners and/or hand sanitizers.
Bathroom and Spa Cleaners
74%
Products that are designed to clean and/or prevent deposits on surfaces found in bathrooms and spas including, but not necessarily limited to, bath tubs and spas, shower stalls, shower doors, shower curtains, and bathroom walls, floors, doors, and counter and sink tops. Products in this item may be designed to be applied to a specific type of surface or to multiple surface types. They are available both in concentrated and ready-to-use forms.
Blast Media
94%
Abrasive particles sprayed forcefully to clean, remove contaminants, or condition surfaces, often preceding coating.
Bedding, Bed Linens, and Towels
12%
(1) Bedding is that group of woven cloth products used as coverings on a bed. Bedding includes products such as blankets, bedspreads, comforters, and quilts.
(2) Bed linens are woven cloth sheets and pillowcases used in bedding.
(3) Towels are woven cloth products used primarily for drying and wiping.
Bioremediation Materials
86%
Dry or liquid solutions (including those containing bacteria or other microbes but not including sorbent materials) used to clean oil, fuel, and other hazardous spill sites.
Boat Cleaners
38%
Products designed to clean, polish and/or protect ocean-going vessels, recreational boats and personal watercraft by removing contaminants such as dirt, grime, grease, salt and rust.
Candles and Wax Melts
88%
Products composed of a solid mass and either an embedded wick that is burned to provide light or aroma, or that are wickless and melt when heated to produce an aroma.
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners – General Purpose
54%
Cleaning products formulated specifically for use in cleaning carpets and upholstery,
through a dry or wet process, found in locations such as houses, cars, and workplaces. Carpet and upholstery cleaners formulated for use in cleaning large areas such as the carpet in an entire room or the upholstery on an entire piece of furniture.
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners – Spot Removers
7%
Cleaning products formulated specifically for use in cleaning carpets and upholstery, through a dry or wet process, found in locations such as houses, cars, and workplaces. Carpet and upholstery cleaners formulated for use in removing spots or stains in a small confined area.
Carpets
7%
Floor coverings composed of woven, tufted, or knitted fiber and a backing system.
Chain and Cable Lubricants
77%
Products designed to provide lubrication in such applications as bar and roller chains, sprockets, and wire ropes and cables. Products may also prevent rust and corrosion in these applications.
Composite Panels – Acoustical
37%
Engineered products designed for use as structural and sound deadening material suitable for office partitions and doors.
Composite Panels – Countertops and Solid Surface Products
89%
A solid work surface found in residential, commercial or industrial setting. Products may be used in but not limited to kitchens or other food preparation areas, bathrooms or lavatories, and workrooms in general
Composite Panels – Interior Panels
55%
Engineered products designed specifically for interior applications and providing a surface that is impact-, scratch-, and wear-resistant and that does not absorb or retain moisture.
Composite Panels – Plastic Lumber
23%
Engineered products suitable for non-structural outdoor needs such as exterior signs, trash can holders, and dimensional letters.
Composite Panels – Structural Interior Panels
89%
Engineered products designed for use in structural construction applications, including cabinetry, casework, paneling, and decorative panels.
Composite Panels – Structural Wall Panels
94%
Engineered products designed for use in structural walls, curtain walls, floors and flat roofs in commercial buildings.
Compost Activators and Accelerators
95%
Products in liquid or powder form designed to be applied to compost piles to aid in speeding up the composting process and to ensure successful compost that is ready for consumer use.
Concrete and Asphalt Cleaners
70%
Chemicals used in concrete etching as well as to remove petroleum-based soils, lubricants, paints, mastics, organic soils, rust, and dirt from concrete, asphalt, stone and other hard porous surfaces. Products within this item include only those marketed for use in commercial or residential construction or industrial applications.
Concrete and Asphalt Release Fluids
87%
Products that are designed to provide a lubricating barrier between the composite surface materials (e.g., concrete or asphalt) and the container (e.g., wood or metal forms, truck beds, roller surfaces).
Corrosion Preventatives
53%
Products designed to prevent metals from wearing away due to a chemical reaction. These may also include products that prevent ceramics and polymers from degrading under environmental factors or chemicals.
Cuts, Burns, and Abrasions Ointments
84%
Products designed to aid in the healing and sanitizing of scratches, cuts, bruises, abrasions, sun damaged skin, tattoos, rashes and other skin conditions.
De-Icers – General Purpose
93%
Chemical products (e.g., salt, fluids) that are designed to aid in the removal of snow and/or ice, and/or in the prevention of the buildup of snow and/or ice, in general use applications by lowering the freezing point of water. Specialized de-icer products, such as those used to de-ice aircraft and airport runways, are not included.
Deodorants
73%
Products that are designed for inhibiting or masking perspiration and other body odors and that are often combined with an antiperspirant.
Dethatchers
87%
Products used to remove non-decomposed plant material accumulated in grassy areas.
Diesel Fuel Additives
90%
(1) Any substance, other than one composed solely of carbon and/or hydrogen, that is intentionally added to diesel fuel (including any added to a motor vehicle’s fuel system) and that is not intentionally removed prior to sale or use.
(2) Neat biodiesel, also referred to as B100, when used as an additive. Diesel fuel additive does not mean neat biodiesel when used as a fuel or blended biodiesel fuel (e.g., B20).
Dishwashing Products
58%
Soaps and detergents used for cleaning and clean rinsing of tableware in either hand washing or dishwashing.
Disposable Containers
72%
Products designed to be used for temporary storage or transportation of materials including, but not limited to, food items.
Disposable Cutlery
48%
Hand-held, disposable utensils designed for one-time use in eating food.
Disposable Tableware
72%
Products made from, or coated with, plastic resins and used in dining, such as drink ware and dishware, including but not limited to cups, plates, bowls, and serving platters, and that are designed for one-time use. This item does not include disposable cutlery, which is a separate item.
Dust Suppressants
85%
Products formulated to reduce or eliminate the spread of dust associated with gravel roads, dirt parking lots, or similar sources of dust, including products used in equivalent indoor applications.
Electronic Components Cleaners
91%
Products designed to wash or remove dirt or extraneous matter from electronic parts, devices, circuits, or systems.
Engine Crankcase Oil
25%
Motor oil providing lubrication and wear protection for four-cycle diesel or gasoline engines.
Erosion Control Materials
77%
Woven or non-woven fiber materials manufactured for use on construction, demolition, or other sites to prevent wind or water erosion of loose earth surfaces, which may be combined with seed and/or fertilizer to promote growth.
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam Recycling Products
90%
Products formulated to dissolve EPS foam to reduce the volume of recycled or discarded EPS items.
Fertilizers
71%
Products formulated or processed to provide nutrients for plant growth and/or beneficial bacteria to convert nutrients into plant usable forms. Biobased fertilizers, which are likely to consist mostly of biobased components, may include both biobased and chemical components.
Films – Non-Durable
85%
Products that are used in packaging, wrappings, linings, and other similar applications. Films that are intended for single use for short-term storage or protection before being discarded. Non-durable films that are designed to have longer lives when used are included in this item.
Films – Semi-Durable
45%
Products that are used in packaging, wrappings, linings, and other similar applications. Films that are designed to resist water, ammonia, and other compounds, to be re-used, and to not readily biodegrade. Products in this item are typically used in the production of bags and packaging materials.
Firearm Lubricants
49%
Lubricants that are designed for use in firearms to reduce the friction and wear between the moving parts of a firearm, and to keep the weapon clean and prevent the formation of deposits that could cause the weapon to jam.
Floor Cleaners and Protectors
77%
Cleaning solutions for either direct application or use in floor scrubbers for wood, vinyl, tile, or similar hard surface floors. Products within this item are marketed specifically for use on industrial, commercial, and/or residential flooring.
Floor Coverings (Non-Carpet)
91%
Products, other than carpet products, that are designed for use as the top layer on a floor. Examples are bamboo, hardwood, and cork tiles.
Floor Strippers
78%
Products that are formulated to loosen waxes, resins, or varnishes from floor surfaces. They can be in either liquid or gel form, and may also be used with or without mechanical assistance.
Fluid-Filled Transformers – Synthetic Ester-Based
66%
Electric power transformers that are designed to utilize a synthetic ester-based dielectric (non-conducting) fluid to provide insulating and cooling properties.
Fluid-Filled Transformers – Vegetable Oil-Based
95%
Electric power transformers that are designed to utilize a vegetable oil-based dielectric (nonconducting) fluid to provide insulating and cooling properties.
Food Cleaners
53%
Anti-microbial products designed to clean the outer layer of various food products, such as fruit, vegetables, and meats.
Foot Care Products
83%
Products formulated to be used in the soothing or cleaning of feet.
Forming Lubricants
68%
Products designed to provide lubrication during metalworking applications that are performed under extreme pressure. Such metalworking applications include tube bending, stretch forming, press braking, and swaging.
Fuel Conditioners
64%
Products formulated to improve the performance and efficiency of engines by providing benefits such as removing accumulated deposits, increasing lubricity, removing moisture, increasing the cetane number, and/or preventing microbial growths within the fuel system.
Furniture Cleaners and Protectors
71%
Products designed to clean and provide protection to the surfaces of household furniture other than the upholstery.
Gasoline Fuel Additives
92%
Chemical agents added to vehicle fuel to increase octane levels, improve lubricity, and provide engine cleaning properties for gasoline fired engines.
Gear Lubricants
58%
Products, such as greases or oils, that are designed to reduce friction when applied to a toothed machine part (such as a wheel or cylinder) that meshes with another toothed part to transmit motion or to change speed or direction.
General Purpose Household Cleaners
39%
Products designed to clean multiple common household surfaces. This designated item does not include products that are formulated for use as disinfectants. Task-specific cleaning products, such as spot and stain removers, upholstery cleaners, bathroom cleaners, glass cleaners, etc., are not included in this item.
Glass Cleaners
49%
Cleaning products designed specifically for use in cleaning glass surfaces, such as windows, mirrors, car windows, and computer monitors.
Graffiti and Grease Removers
34%
Industrial solvent products formulated to remove automotive, industrial, or kitchen soils and oils, including grease, paint, and other coatings, from hard surfaces.
Greases
75%
Lubricants composed of oils thickened to a semisolid or solid consistency using
soaps, polymers or other solids, or other thickeners. Greases that are not otherwise covered by the other grease subcategories.
Greases – Food Grade
42%
Lubricants composed of oils thickened to a semisolid or solid consistency using soaps, polymers or other solids, or other thickeners. Lubricants that are designed for use on food-processing equipment as a protective anti-rust film, as a release agent on gaskets or seals of tank closures, or on machine parts and equipment in locations in which there is exposure of the lubricated part to food.
Greases – Multipurpose
72%
Lubricants composed of oils thickened to a semisolid or solid consistency using
soaps, polymers or other solids, or other thickeners. Lubricants that are designed for general use.
Greases – Rail Track
30%
Lubricants that are designed for use on food-processing equipment as a protective anti-rust film, as a release agent on gaskets or seals of tank closures, or on machine parts and equipment in locations in which there is exposure of the lubricated part to food. Lubricants that are designed for use on railroad tracks or heavy crane tracks.
Greases – Truck
71%
Lubricants composed of oils thickened to a semisolid or solid consistency using soaps, polymers or other solids, or other thickeners. Lubricants that are designed for use on the fifth wheel of tractor trailer trucks onto which the semi-trailer rests and pivots.
Hair Care Products – Conditioners
78%
Personal hygiene products specifically formulated for hair cleaning and treating applications, including conditioners. These are products whose primary purpose is treating hair to improve the overall condition of hair.
Hair Care Products – Shampoos
66%
Personal hygiene products specifically formulated for hair cleaning and treating applications, including shampoos. These are products whose primary purpose is cleaning hair. Products that contain both shampoos and conditioners are included in this subcategory because the primary purpose of these products is cleaning the hair.
Hand Cleaners and Sanitizers – Hand Cleaners
64%
Products formulated for personal care use in removing a variety of different
soils, greases, and similar substances from human hands with or without the use of water.
Hand Cleaners and Sanitizers – Hand Sanitizers
73%
Products formulated for personal care use in removing bacteria from human hands
with or without the use of water. Personal care products that are formulated for use in removing a variety of different soils, greases and similar substances and bacteria from human hands with or without the use of water are classified as hand sanitizers for the purposes of this rule.
Heat Transfer Fluids
89%
Products with high thermal capacities used to facilitate the transfer of heat from one location to another, including coolants or refrigerants for use in HVAC applications, internal combustion engines, personal cooling devices, thermal energy storage, or other heating or cooling closed-loops.
Hydraulic Fluids – Mobile Equipment
44%
Hydraulic fluids formulated for general use in nonstationary equipment, such as tractors, end loaders, or backhoes.
Hydraulic Fluids – Stationary Equipment
44%
Fluids formulated for use in stationary hydraulic equipment systems that have various mechanical parts, such as cylinders, pumps, valves, pistons, and gears, that are used for the transmission of power (and also for lubrication and/or wear, rust, and oxidation protection).
Industrial Cleaners
41%
Products used to remove contaminants, such as adhesives, inks, paint, dirt, soil, and grease, from parts, products, tools, machinery, equipment, vessels, floors, walls, and other production-related work areas. The cleaning products within this item are usually solvents, but may take other forms. They may be used in either straight solution or diluted with water in pressure washers, or in hand wiping applications in industrial or manufacturing settings, such as inside vessels. Task-specific cleaners used in industrial settings, such as parts wash solutions, are not included in this definition.
Ink Removers and Cleaners
79%
Chemical products designed to remove ink, haze, glaze, and other residual ink contaminants from the surfaces of equipment, such as rollers, used in the textile and printing industries.
Inks – News
32%
News inks are used primarily to print newspapers.
Inks – Printer Toner (Greater Than 25 Pages Per Minute)
20%
Printer toner inks (>25 ppm) are powdered chemicals used in photocopying machines and laser printers with standard fusing mechanisms and print speeds of greater than 25 ppm.
Inks – Printer Toner (Less Than 25 Pages Per Minute)
34%
Printer toner inks (< 25 pages per minute (ppm)) are powdered chemicals used in photocopying machines and laser printers with standard fusing mechanisms and print speeds of less than 25 ppm.
Inks – Sheetfed (Black)
49%
Sheetfed black inks are used on coated and uncoated paper, paperboard, some plastic, and foil to print in black on annual reports, brochures, labels, and similar materials.
Inks – Sheetfed (Color)
67%
Sheetfed color inks are used on coated and uncoated paper, paperboard, some plastic, and foil to print in color on annual reports, brochures, labels, and similar materials.
Inks – Specialty
66%
Specialty inks used by printers to add extra characteristics to their prints for special effects or functions. Specialty inks include, but are not limited to: CD printing, erasable, FDA compliant, invisible, magnetic, scratch and sniff, thermochromic, and tree marking inks.
Interior Paints and Coatings – Latex and Waterborne Alkyd
20%
Pigmented liquids, formulated for use indoors, that dry to form a film and provide protection and added color to the objects or surfaces to which they are applied.
Interior Paints and Coatings – Oil-based and Solventborne Alkyd
67%
Pigmented liquids, formulated for use indoors, that dry to form a film and provide protection and added color to the objects or surfaces to which they are applied.
Laundry Products – General Purpose
34%
Products that are designed to clean, condition, or otherwise affect the quality of the
laundered material. Such products include but are not limited to laundry detergents, bleach, and fabric softeners. These are laundry products used for regular cleaning activities.
Laundry Products – Pretreatment/Spot Removers
46%
Products that are designed to clean, condition, or otherwise affect the quality of the
laundered material. Such products include but are not limited to laundry detergents, bleach, stain removers, and fabric softeners. These are laundry products specifically used to pretreat laundry to assist in the removal of spots and stains during laundering.
Leather, Vinyl, and Rubber Care Products
55%
Products that help clean, nourish, protect, and restore leather, vinyl, and rubber surfaces, including cleaners, conditioners, protectants, polishes, waxes, etc.
Lip Care Products
82%
Personal care products formulated to replenish the moisture and/or prevent drying of the lips.
Lotions and Moisturizers
59%
Creams and oils used to soften and treat damaged skin.
Metal Cleaners and Corrosion Removers – Corrosion Removers
71%
Products that are used to especially remove corrosion in metals such as rust. Tentative Minimum: 87%
Metal Cleaners and Corrosion Removers – Other Metal Cleaners
56%
Products that are used to clean and remove grease, oil, dirt, stains, soils on metal surfaces. Task specific products such as stainless steel metal cleaners and corrosion remover products are not included in this category. Tentative Minimum: 16%
Metal Cleaners and Corrosion Removers – Stainless Steel
75%
Products that are used to clean and remove grease, oil, dirt, stains, soils on stainless steel surfaces. Tentative Minimum: 9%
Metalworking Fluids – General Purpose Soluble, Semi-Synthetic, and Synthetic Oils
57%
Fluids that are designed to provide cooling, lubrication, corrosion prevention, and reduced wear on the contact parts of machinery used for metalworking operations such as cutting, drilling, grinding, machining, and tapping. Metalworking fluids formulated for use in a re-circulating fluid system to provide cooling, lubrication, and corrosion prevention when applied to metal feedstock during normal grinding and machining operations.
Metalworking Fluids – High Performance Soluble, Semi-Synthetic, and Synthetic Oils
40%
Fluids that are designed to provide cooling, lubrication, corrosion prevention, and reduced wear on the contact parts of machinery used for metalworking operations such as cutting, drilling, grinding, machining, and tapping. Metalworking fluids formulated for use in a re-circulating fluid system to provide cooling, lubrication, and corrosion prevention when applied to metal feedstock during grinding and machining operations involving unusually high temperatures or corrosion potential.
Metalworking Fluids – Straight Oils
66%
Fluids that are designed to provide cooling, lubrication, corrosion prevention, and reduced wear on the contact parts of machinery used for metalworking operations such as cutting, drilling, grinding, machining, and tapping. Metalworking fluids that are not diluted with water prior to use and are generally used for metalworking processes that require lubrication rather than cooling.
Microbial Cleaning Products – Drain Maintenance Products
45%
Microbial products used to treat or eliminate waste materials within drains and/or plumbing fixtures. Tentative Minimum: 45%
Microbial Cleaning Products – General Cleaners
50%
Multi-purpose cleaning agents using microbial organisms as the active ingredient.
Microbial Cleaning Products – Wastewater Maintenance Products
44%
Microbial products used to treat or eliminate waste materials within the sewage systems or wastewater treatment systems. These products should include but are not limited to products that digest protein, starch, fat and cellulose within wastewater. Tentative Minimum: 71%
Mulch and Compost Materials
95%
Products designed to provide a protective covering placed over the soil, primarily to keep down weeds and to improve the appearance of landscaping. Compost is the aerobically decomposed remnants of organic materials used in gardening and agriculture as a soil amendment, and commercially by the landscaping and container nursery industries.
Multipurpose Cleaners
56%
Products used to clean dirt, grease, and grime from a variety of items in both industrial and domestic settings. This designated item does not include products that are formulated for use as disinfectants.
Multipurpose Lubricants
88%
Products designed to provide lubrication under a variety of conditions and in a variety of industrial settings to prevent friction or rust. Greases, which are lubricants composed of oils thickened to a semisolid or solid consistency using soaps, polymers or other solids, or other thickeners, are not included in this item. In addition, task-specific lubricants, such as chain and cable lubricants and gear lubricants, are not included in this item.
Oven and Grill Cleaners
66%
Liquid or gel cleaning agents used on high temperature cooking surfaces such as barbeques, smokers, grills, stoves, and ovens to soften and loosen charred food, grease, and residue.
Packing and Insulating Materials
74%
Pre-formed and molded materials that are used to hold package contents in place during shipping or for insulating and sound proofing applications.
Paint Removers
41%
Chemicals, often solvents, that loosen and remove paint from surfaces. Tentative Minimum: 41%
Parts Wash Solutions
65%
Products that are designed to clean parts in manual or automatic cleaning systems. Such systems include, but are not limited to, soak vats and tanks, cabinet washers, and ultrasonic cleaners.
Penetrating Lubricants
68%
Products formulated to provide light lubrication and corrosion resistance in close tolerant internal and external applications including frozen nuts and bolts, power tools, gears, valves, chains, and cables.
Plastic Insulating Foam for Residential and Commercial Construction
7%
Spray-in-place plastic foam products designed to provide a sealed thermal barrier for residential or commercial construction applications.
Pneumatic Equipment Lubricants
67%
Lubricants designed specifically for pneumatic equipment, including air compressors, vacuum pumps, in-line lubricators, rock drills, jackhammers, etc.
Roof Coatings
20%
Coatings formulated for use in commercial roof deck systems to provide a single-coat monolith coating system.
Shaving Products
92%
Products designed for every step of the shaving process, including shaving creams, gels, soaps, lotions, and aftershave balms.
Slide Way Lubricants
74%
Products used to provide lubrication and eliminate stick-slip and table chatter by reducing friction between mating surfaces, or slides, found in machine tools.
Specialty Precision Cleaners and Solvents
56%
Cleaners and solvents used in specialty applications. These materials may be used in neat solution, diluted with water, or in hand wiping applications.
Sorbents
89%
Materials formulated for use in the cleanup and automotive, industrial, or kitchen soils and oils, including grease, paint, and other coatings, from hard surfaces.
Sun Care Products
53%
Products including sunscreens, sun blocks, and suntan lotions that are topical products that absorb or reflect the sun’s ultraviolet radiation to protect the skin.
Thermal Shipping Containers – Durable
21%
Insulated containers designed for shipping temperature-sensitive materials. These are thermal shipping containers that are designed to be reused over an extended period of time.
Thermal Shipping Containers – Non-Durable
82%
Insulated containers designed for shipping temperature-sensitive materials. These are thermal shipping containers that are designed to be used once.
Topical Pain Relief Products
91%
Products that can be balms, creams and other topical treatments used for the relief of muscle, joint, headache, and nerve pain, as well as sprains, bruises, swelling, and other aches.
Turbine Drip Oils
87%
Products that are lubricants for use in drip lubrication systems for water well line shaft bearings, water turbine bearings for irrigation pumps, and other turbine bearing applications.
Water Clarifying Agents
92%
Products designed to clarify and improve the quality of water by reducing contaminants such as excess nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, ammonia, and built-up sludge from decaying waste and other organic matter.
Water Tank Coatings
59%
Coatings formulated for use in potable water storage systems.
Water Turbine Bearing Oils
46%
Lubricants for use in water turbine bearings. Tentative Minimum: 46%
Wastewater Systems Coatings
47%
Coatings that protect wastewater containment tanks, liners, roofing, flooring, joint caulking, manholes and related structures from corrosion. Protective coatings may cover the entire system or be used to fill cracks in systems.
Wood and Concrete Sealers – Membrane Concrete Sealers
11%
Products that are penetrating liquids formulated to protect wood and/or concrete, including masonry and fiber cement siding, from damage caused by insects, moisture, and decaying fungi and to make surfaces water resistant. Concrete sealers that are formulated to form a protective layer on the surface of the substrate.
Wood and Concrete Sealers – Penetrating Liquids
79%
Products that are penetrating liquids formulated to protect wood and/or concrete, including masonry and fiber cement siding, from damage caused by insects, moisture, and decaying fungi and to make surfaces water resistant. Wood and concrete sealers that are formulated to penetrate the outer surface of the substrate.
Wood and Concrete Stains
39%
Products designed to be applied as a finish for concrete and wood surfaces and that contain dyes or pigments to change the color without concealing the grain pattern or surface texture.

 

BioPreferred’s Two Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has two systems under its BioPreferred Program—a procurement program for federal agencies and a voluntary labeling program for consumer marketing purposes. Created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill) and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), the BioPreferred Program aims to increase consumption of biobased products in the United States.

Beta Analytic: The Leader in ASTM Method D6866

Beta Analytic joined the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee D20.96 as co-author of ASTM D6866 for biobased content analysis. The standard, adopted in July 2004, is an industrial application of radiocarbon dating. ASTM D6866-04, ASTM D6866-04a, ASTM D6866-05, ASTM D6866-06, ASTM D6866-06a, ASTM D6866-08, ASTM D6866-10 and ASTM D6866-11 are older versions of the standard. The current active version is ASTM D6866-16. The method is mentioned in the USDA BioPreferred Program as “ASTM Method D6866.”

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University of Science and Technology, with the USDA at the helm, help established the required minimum biobased content for the BioPreferred Program. By June 2004, Beta Analytic has analyzed more than 200 biobased products for CIRAS and delivered the results within 1-3 weeks. ISO 9001 conformant Beta Analytic has proven to be a reliable service provider over the years.

Beta Analytic provides biobased content testing. The company is not affiliated with the USDA BioPreferred Program.

Related Topics

USDA Federal Procurement Preference Program

ASTM Method D6866