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Certifications & Standards

What does it mean to be BPI Certified?

BPI Certified Products have to meet the labeling requirements of the Biodegradable Products Institute. To be eligible for certification and labeling

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the United States, the Competition Bureau (CB) in Canada, and various state/provincial and local governments across both countries have created various guidelines and laws for marketers of compostable products and packaging to follow when making claims of compostability. The following are examples of requirements or suggestions that generally become relevant whenever a product or package is marketed as “compostable”:

  • Manufacturers must provide reliable and scientific evidence of compostability, such as meeting ASTM D6400 or ASTM D6868 compostability standard specification.

  • Use disclaimer language for products and packaging to qualify compostable claims if the product cannot be composted at home safely or in a timely way, such as “Commercially Compostable Only"

  • Use disclaimer language to indicate that commercial compost facilities are not available to a substantial majority of consumers such as, “Facilities May Not Exist In Your Area.”

  • Use a Resin Identification Code (RIC) for bioplastic containers over 8 ounces in size. For bioplastics, the RIC is #7

  • Use of the word “compostable”

  • Use of a third-party certification logo to verify that an item meets ASTM standards for compostability.

  • Use of identification that makes the product or packaging distinguishable upon quick inspection in both public sorting areas and in processing facilities.

  • Use of distinctive color schemes, green or brown color striping, or other adopted symbols, colors, marks, or design patterns that help differentiate compostable items from non-compostable materials.

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