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Sustainable Packaging Metrics Include ASTM D6866 for Bioplastics

Published on January 4, 2010

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has released a comprehensive guide that aims to standardize the way companies measure progress in their packaging sustainability efforts. There are eight performance categories identified in the document; one of which is Material Use, which looks into factors like usage of renewable or recycled source materials.

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SBC’s BioSpecs Uses ASTM D6866 for Organic Carbon Content Measurement

Published on December 18, 2009

The Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative has released purchasing specifications for consumers who want to buy environment-friendly, biobased food service ware. The specifications entitled “BioSpecs for Food Service Ware: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Specifications for Compostable Biobased Food Service Ware” require ASTM D6866 testing to determine the organic carbon content of products.

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Ontario GHG Regulation Identifies ASTM D6866 as Quantification Method

Published on December 14, 2009

The Ministry of the Environment of Ontario, Canada, has published Ontario Regulation 452/09, which focuses on greenhouse gas emissions reporting. The guideline accompanying the regulation outlined the standard methods to be used for emissions quantification. ASTM D6866 is the standard identified for the quantification of biomass CO2 emissions from the combustion of fuels with both […]

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New Zealand Regulation Recommends ASTM D6866 for CO2 Emissions

Published on December 10, 2009

ASTM D6866 has been added to the latest version of New Zealand’s Climate Change Regulations. The standard will be used to measure the non-biomass fraction of CO2 emissions from the combustion of used oil, waste oil, used tyres, or waste. Gases reported under the regulations are CH4, N2O, and non-biomass CO2.

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Burning Used Tires – Less Fossil CO2 Emissions than Burning Coal

Published on November 19, 2009

According to French company Aliapur, used tires are not wastes but are traditional solid fuels better than coal or petroleum coke. A three-year study by Aliapur’s Research & Development unit has proven what the French cement industry has known since the 1970s – used tires as fuels have high heat output with less environmental impact […]

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USDA Adds Nine Product Categories to BioPreferred Program

Published on November 16, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred Program now has 42 item designations and approximately 5,600 biobased products. The first four rounds of item designation established 33 product categories and added 4,500 products in the USDA BioPreferred Catalog. Round 5 has added 9 item designations and more than 1,000 biobased products. Beginning October 27, 2010, federal […]

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ISO Develops C14 Dating-Based Standard for Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Published on November 11, 2009

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is developing an air quality standard for the determination of the speciation of biogenic and fossil-derived carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources. The standard, currently named ISO/NP 13833, includes radiocarbon or carbon 14 sampling and measurement.

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Hand Sanitizers Need Biobased Testing to Get an EcoLogo

Published on November 4, 2009

Canada’s EcoLogo Program requires makers of hand sanitizers applying for its eco-label to comply with CCD-170, the program’s environmental standard for instant hand antiseptic products. Under the standard, instant hand antiseptic products must be at least 73% biobased excluding the packaging.

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Beta Opens Forwarding Facility in Beijing for ASTM D6866 Clients

Published on October 29, 2009

ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited Beta Analytic, Inc., is ready to receive samples for ASTM D6866 testing in its facility in Beijing, China. ASTM D6866 is a standard method that determines the exact percentage of a solid, liquid, or gas that came from renewable sources by measuring the material’s carbon 14 content.

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Vinçotte Requires Carbon 14 Analysis for OK Biobased Certification

Published on October 16, 2009

Belgian inspection, testing, and certification body Vinçotte has launched the OK Biobased eco-label to help manufacturers of biobased products inform consumers that their goods are from biologically renewable sources. Products eligible for the OK biobased eco-label include those made, wholly or in part, from materials of natural origin. Applicants are required to submit carbon 14 […]

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