The USDA certified the Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based packaging manufacturerâs renewable thermoformed produce containers as the first product in its new voluntary labeling program, according to a company release.
The new label shows that the product has been certified to meet the USDAâs BioPreferred program standards. Biobased products are composed of agricultural ingredients such as renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials.
The companyâs containers are produced from more than 93% plant-based bioplastics. These biobased materials replace petroleum-based plastics to reduce the introduction of fossil carbon into the atmosphere.
This new labeling program will make identifying biobased products easier and will increase awareness in commercial and consumer markets, according to the release.
âBecause many biobased packages look the same as petroleum-based products, the Biobased Product Label lets everyone know they can trust manufacturerâs biobased claims as theyâve been verified through a reliable, rigorous third-party certification process,â James Sanfilippo, president and chief executive officer of the company, said in the release.