USDA Biopreferred Program

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 Testing Reebok Shoes

Footwear manufacturers are catering to consumer demand for plant-based fashion by using biomass-derived materials in their products and submitting these products for biobased testing and certification. 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 […]

The USDA BioPreferred Label, Strong Sales & Brand Loyalty

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program assures consumers that the testing and certification process is accurate, reliable and unbiased. 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. The USDA is also amending four existing categories – general purpose de-icers, firearm lubricants, laundry products and water-clarifying agents. 

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 to add 30 Product Categories to BioPreferred Program

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

USDA Adds Intermediates to BioPreferred Program

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.

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.

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 will email all participants to request that they complete an online Audit Declaration of Conformance. Participants are given 30 days to respond to the audit request. The USDA expects the auditing process to be completed by October […]

How to Identify USDA Certified Biobased Bath Products

Consumer perception of personal care products is changing in favor of those formulated with natural ingredients. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has included personal care items like bath products in its BioPreferred Labelling Program, making it easier for consumers to identify which ones are significantly made of materials from feedstocks, agriculture or forestry. […]