USDA Proposes Labeling System For Bio-Based Products

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Now that nearly every company is jumping on the green bandwagon and touting the environmental benefits of their products, there seem to be far too many labels to identify what what is a truly sustainable product and what isn’t. But just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture created a ‘BioPreferred’ label for homes that were beuilt using renewable, environmentally friendly bio-based products, they’re now looking to create a similar labeling system for all bio-based products.USDANow that nearly every company is jumping on the green bandwagon and touting the environmental benefits of their products, there seem to be far too many labels to identify what what is a truly sustainable product and what isn’t. But just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture created a ‘BioPreferred‘ label for homes that were beuilt using renewable, environmentally friendly bio-based products, they’re now looking to create a similar labeling system for all bio-based products.


In the USDA’s definition, a bio-based product is one made with renewable plant, animal, and other bio-based materials.


So far, the USDA has identified nearly 15,000 products across 200 categories which would be eligible to receive the BioPreferred label, and would nearly guarantee these products a significant leg up when eco-minded shoppers are made aware of its importance.


This sounds like a great idea, and a way to encourage businesses to create truly ‘green’ products. Now all we need is a Carbon Fact label and America’s shoppers will be on the right track.

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