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USDA Proposes to Add 9 More Product Categories to BioPreferred Program

Published on February 25, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to add another nine product categories that can be afforded federal procurement preference under its BioPreferred Program. The nine items are disposable tableware, expanded polystyrene foam recycling products, heat transfer fluids, ink removers and cleaners, mulch and compost materials, multipurpose lubricants, office paper, topical pain relief products, and turbine drip oils. Read More

EcoLogo Standard for Hand Antiseptics Requires ASTM D6866 Testing

Published on February 23, 2010

hand sanitizerManufacturers and distributors who want their instant hand antiseptic products to be certified by Canada's EcoLogo need to comply with the program's environmental standard CCD-170, which requires the products to be at least 73% biobased. The biobased content of the products is determined through ASTM D6866 testing. Products that comply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred Program are also elegible for an EcoLogo if they meet the CCD-170's other criteria. Read More

Beta Analytic Renews ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation

Published on January 25, 2010

Miami, FL - January 25, 2010 - Beta Analytic, Inc. has recently been granted its ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 testing re-accreditation. Beta Analytic's ISO accreditation demonstrates unparalleled commitment to deliver high quality ASTM D6866, CEN 15747, and radiocarbon dating services. Read More

Vincotte Names ASTM D6866 as Method, Announces 3 OK Biobased Licensees

Published on January 18, 2010

Vinçotte has identified ASTM D6866 as part of the methodology for its OK Biobased certification program, which applies to all products made from renewable sources. A product's biobased content percentage is determined through ASTM D6866, and this is indicated on the OK Biobased logo through a star system. Read More

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. Read More

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

Published on December 18, 2009

biobased productsThe 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. Read More

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 biomass and fossil inputs. Read More

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. Read More

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 than fossil fuels. Used tires when burned emit less fossil carbon dioxide due to their biomass components. Used passenger car tires, according to the study, have biomass fractions between 17% to 20% while used truck tires are 28% to 30% biomass. Read More

USDA Adds Nine Product Categories to BioPreferred Program

Published on November 16, 2009

Biobased Content testingThe 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 agencies and their contractors as well as the military must procure products that belong to these 9 designations from the USDA's BioPreferred Catalog. Read More