USDA Biopreferred Program

How Toy Makers can Avoid Greenwashing Claims

In a cluttered market like the toy industry, a transparent approach goes a long way to stand out from competitors. Consumers will be more likely to trust your toys if the “eco-friendly” claims in your packaging and marketing materials are validated. Getting a Nordic Swan Ecolabel or USDA Certified Biobased Product label can help prove that your toy products are indeed “green”.

Eyewear & More Baby Products in the USDA BioPreferred Program

The USDA BioPreferred® Program increased the number of potential participants by adding 23 more product categories that qualify for a USDA Certified Biobased Product label. These product categories are not designated for federal purchasing preference at this time. 

Are Greenology’s Household & Personal Care Products Really Biobased?

In an article co-authored with Greenology Products, Beta Analytic’s Marketing Manager Haley Gershon describes the use of Carbon-14 testing to verify biomass-derived ingredients used in the formulation of household and personal care products and explains the need of such testing to qualify for certain certification and eco-labeling programs. 

Biobased Content Certification of Coating Products

An article co-written by Summer Zhang and Hui Jian of Beta Analytic and Xuan Nan of Dow Chemical (China) described how to verify the biobased carbon content of products and shared updates on the biobased coating industry.

Biobased Content of Reebok Shoes

In an article co-written by Beta Analytic Marketing Manager Haley Gershon and Mike Andrews, Director of Advanced Development for Reebok Future, sportswear brand Reebok International Limited described its experience in using biobased content testing as a tool to validate raw materials successfully and how to effectively display the use of plant-derived material to increase product appeal.

The USDA BioPreferred Program, Strong Sales & Brand Loyalty

According to a study conducted by marketing firm Shelton Group, the USDA Certified Biobased Product label is one of four certifications that influence buying decisions of consumers in the US.

USDA adds 30 Product Categories to BioPreferred Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adding 30 new product categories to the BioPreferred® Program for the preferred procurement of biobased products by federal agencies.

Carbon-14 Testing is Vital to Support Biobased Claims

Beta Analytic’s marketing specialist Haley Gershon discussed in a recently published article how biobased certifications contribute to consumer confidence. As the demand for natural and eco-friendly products continue to grow, an eco-label could make one company stand out from its competitors.

USDA BioPreferred Program to add 30 Product Categories

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to add 30 new product categories to the USDA BioPreferred® Program and amend these four existing categories – general purpose de-icers, firearm lubricants, laundry products and water-clarifying agents.

USDA BioPreferred Program Adds Intermediates Product Categories

Effective August 9, 2018, manufacturers of several biobased intermediates can join the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred Program®. Qualified intermediates will be afforded procurement preference by federal agencies and their contractors.

USDA BioPreferred Program – Choosing a Qualified Lab for Biobased Content Testing

Not all laboratories providing ASTM D6866 biobased content testing are qualified to provide such service to applicants of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred Program. Biobased content testing labs must first be accepted by the USDA. The labs must be ISO 17025-accredited.

USDA BioPreferred Program Starts 2018 Product Audit in May

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin its BioPreferred® Program audit activities in May 2018. The USDA BioPreferred Program will email all participants to request that they complete an online Audit Declaration of Conformance.

How to Identify USDA Certified Biobased Bath Products

Biobased bath products certified by the USDA BioPreferred Program carries the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, making it easier for consumers to identify which ones are significantly made of materials from feedstocks, agriculture or forestry.

Hair Care Products in the USDA BioPreferred Program

Hair care products manufacturers can participate in the USDA BioPreferred Program as long as they meet the product category’s minimum biobased content and other requirements.

USDA Certified Biobased Products for Pest Control

As consumer demand for safer and greener products in pest control continues to rise, more and more businesses are hoping to get certified under the USDA BioPreferred® Program. These biobased products can either be industrial or commercial goods made in large part with biological materials from agriculture, forestry, intermediate, or feedstocks.

USDA Certified Biobased Label for Bathroom and Spa Cleaners

Biobased bathroom and spa cleaners are examples of products that may carry the USDA Certified Biobased Product label if they meet the USDA BioPreferred Program’s requirements.

Bed Linen and Towel Manufacturers – Why get the USDA Certified Biobased Label?

For bedding, bed linens and towels to be certified under the USDA BioPreferred Program, they must be at least 12% biobased as measured by ASTM D6866 testing.

USDA Certified Biobased Deodorants – BioPreferred Program

Manufacturers of biobased deodorants may use the USDA Certified Biobased label on their products as soon as their application in the USDA BioPreferred Program is approved. Minimum biobased content requirement for deodorants is 73%.

Personal Care Products in the USDA BioPreferred Program

Businesses whose products meet the requirements can apply to join the USDA BioPreferred Program. This allows businesses to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label on their products, packaging and marketing materials.

USDA BioPreferred Program – Construction Products

Under the USDA BioPreferred Program, construction products can carry the USDA Certified Biobased Product label once their application is approved.