The Northwest Ohio Green Products Center will hold a workshop about sustainable purchasing on December 15, 2010, with Ohio Senator Karen Gillmor and Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak as presenters. Beta Analytic Business Development Manager Mauricio Larenas will also be available at the workshop to introduce ASTM D6866 biobased products testing.
Senator Gillmor will present a brief overview of Senate Bill (SB) 131, which was passed in February. Commissioner Wozniak will talk about the green purchasing efforts of her county. Mr. Larenas will provide a brief background on ASTM D6866 and discuss how the test can be of benefit to a company.
The workshop, which aims to promote green product development and sale in Ohio, will be held at the Center’s office in Toledo from 9:00 am to 11:30 a.m. Seating space is limited but participants can still join by signing up for a webinar. The workshop was organized by the Center in collaboration with the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission.
The state of Ohio established a law requiring state agencies and state-supported colleges and universities to give purchasing preference to biobased products through SB 131. The concept of this program is similar to the BioPreferred Program administered in federal level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
ASTM D6866 is a standard method used to measure the biobased content of solid, liquid, or gaseous samples through radiocarbon analysis. ASTM International developed the method at the request of the USDA for the BioPreferred Program. Due to its flexibility, ASTM D6866 has been incorporated in several eco-labeling programs including Vincotte’s OK Biobased Program, EcoLogo’s CCD-170 Standard for hand sanitizers, and Japan BioPlastics Association’s BiomassPla certification and labeling system, among others.
According to Beta Analytic, an ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited ASTM D6866 services provider, one measurement is sufficient if ASTM D6866 testing is done for R&D purposes. If test results will be submitted to certification bodies, the company recommends two analyses per material for better credibility and averaging. For product market protection or any purpose that entails commercial or legal repercussions, three to four analyses per material are recommended.