The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added 12 new product categories to its BioPreferred Program. There are now more than 2,300 additional biobased products offered for preferred purchasing consideration by all federal government agencies and contractors.
The final rule was published in the Federal Register Vol. 77 No. 223. It is effective December 19, 2012.
The USDA has added the following product categories (minimum biobased content measured via ASTM D6866 testing indicated in parentheses):
– agricultural spray adjuvants (50%)
– animal cleaning products (57%)
– deodorants (73%)
– dethatcher products (87%)
– fuel conditioners (64%)
– leather, vinyl, and rubber care products (55%)
– lotions and moisturizers (59%)
– shaving products (92%)
– specialty precision cleaners and solvents (56%)
– sun care products (53%)
– wastewater systems coatings (47%)
– water clarifying agents (92%)
Biobased products are composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients in new or emerging markets – renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials. A BioPreferred designated item is one that meets or exceeds USDA-established minimum biobased content requirements.
The BioPreferred program is comprised of a preferred procurement program for federal agencies and a voluntary labeling program for the broadscale marketing of biobased products. A complete list and detailed description of each BioPreferred designated item can be found at www.biopreferred.gov.
ASTM D6866 testing provider Beta Analytic is not affiliated with the USDA or the BioPreferred Program.