BioFlow brand resins have been certified as being 94% biobased within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred program. Their creator, Ecospan LLC (Greenbrae, CA) noted that products must be at least 25% biobased in order to be certified for this program, with BioFlow nearly quadrupling that benchmark.
BioPreferred, a program aimed at promoting the purchase and use of biobased products was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill) and today is managed by the USDA.
Part of the BioPreferred program involves a preferred Federal procurement program for biobased products; it additionally includes a voluntary labeling initiative for the broad scale consumer marketing of biobased products, with biobased products meeting the BioPreferred program requirements carrying a distinctive label for easier identification by the consumer.
Under the program, products are considered biobased if they are composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients -- renewable plant, animal, marine, or forestry materials. Going forward, biobased intermediate ingredients and feedstocks will be included in the designation process.
Ecospan has eight facilities on three continents, plus sales representatives throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Its proprietary blends are the basis for its 100% petroleum-free Bioflow resins. Ecospan is “base-biopolymer-neutral,” meaning that Ecospan is capable of using different base biopolymers for its products, which are processed on existing, traditional plastic manufacturing equipment with minor modifications.
Currently, the company is working with its customers to develop “cradle-to-cradle” “closed-loop” recovery systems, in which products are collected at the end of their useful life, the material is reground into feedstock pellets, and reused to create new products.
Processors attending the upcoming NPE2012 show in Orlando, which this year has bioplastics and sustainability as its prominent themes, will be able to visit Ecospan at booth 58044 to find out more about the newly certified bioresins. And visitors interested in the USDA’s BioPreferred program can attend a bioplastics track Business of Plastics session scheduled on Tuesday, April 3, ?8:45 am - 9:30 am, where speaker Kate Lewis will provide an overview and status of the program with a focus on the new biobased product certification and labeling initiative.