Be Green Packaging announced today that its line of plant-based food packaging has achieved USDA BioPreferred status. The company’s packaging, which is composed of wild-harvested plant fibers such as bulrush and bamboo, qualified for the labeling due to its high level of ‘biobased’ content. According to the USDA’s website, the term ‘biobased’ refers to commercial or industrial products (other than food or feed) that are composed in whole, or in significant part, of biological products, renewable agricultural materials (including plant, animal, and marine materials), or forestry materials.
The BioPreferred label was created by the USDA in 2002 in order to encourage consumers and government agencies to identify and use products which meet the programs biobased content standards. Products that achieve BioPreferred status receive preference for all government contracts over those that do not.
In addition to the BioPreferred label, Be Green’s line of food service packaging has also garnered independent, 3rd party certification from a host of organizations such as the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), Western Michigan University’s Recycling Program, and the Non-GMO Project, among others.