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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched the BioPreferred Program to promote the use of eco-friendly products that are made significantly from renewable resources. The program currently has 97 product categories, including deodorants. Manufacturers of biobased deodorants may use the USDA BioPreferred label on their packaging and marketing materials as soon as their application is approved.
Deodorants are self-care products designed to hinder or mask perspiration and other body odor often in combination with an antiperspirant, as described in the BioPreferred Catalog which includes products made from agriculture, feedstocks or forestry. For deodorants to be accepted in the BioPreferred Catalog, they must have at least 73% biobased content as measured by ASTM D6866 testing.
Deodorants are often closely associated and sometimes confused with antiperspirants. What these two products have in common is the use of active ingredients and agents like film-forming antiperspirant polymers, metal salts, fragrance compositions, odor-neutralizing agents, antimicrobial agents, aliphatic diols and their esters, anti-adhesives and plant extracts, among others. If recent studies are to be believed, there is a growing connection between the use of antiperspirants and deodorants to the increasing risk of breast cancer for women.
Deodorants can potentially get rid of chemical ingredients like sulfates in place of organic, toxic free, natural fragrances and deodorizers.
The USDA BioPreferred Program provides jobs to Americans across the country and helps boost the local economy by creating a stable ecosystem between consumers, product manufacturers and federal agencies. As of November 2017, there are 97 product categories spanning a wide variety of uses and industries in the BioPreferred Program. There are also biobased products in the BioPreferred Catalog which have undergone third-party testing but have yet to be included for mandatory purchasing by federal agencies.
It is important for consumers to know and understand that the USDA BioPreferred label is not an immediate guarantee of safety.
ISO 17025-accredited lab Beta Analytic is not affiliated with the USDA, the BioPreferred Program or ASTM. The lab provides fast ASTM D6866 third-party biobased content testing. Results are reported in 5-7 business days. A faster service is also available. Please contact the lab for price inquiries.
1. USDA BioPreferred Program Product Categories
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