Celebrating USDA BioBased Products Day

USDA BioBased Day

Help us celebrate the first
National BioBased Products Day
March 8th, 2023!

What is BioBased?

Biobased Products are derived from raw materials such as plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. They generally provide an alternative to conventional petroleum-derived products. The BioPreferred Program is managed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was initially established under section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.

What is the BioBased Label?

USDA wants to make it easy for consumers to identify biobased products. The USDA Certified Biobased Product label, displayed on a product certified by USDA, is designed to provide useful information to consumers about the biobased content of the product. The label contains a verified amount of renewable biological ingredients. 

 Why is ” Bio-Based” Important to us?

SPI is committed to providing plastic-free packaging solutions. It is important to us to keep our oceans and waterways free of chemicals and plastics. We are proud to provide packaging made from renewable materials for a healthier planet!

How is it verified?

Biobased products are verified through 3rd party testing.  This test uses ASTM D6866 testing protocol , a  standard test method for determining the Biobased content of solid, liquid, and gaseous samples using radiocarbon analysis. The test is known as  Carbon 14 Testing.

How can YOU become BioBased Certified?

  1. Apply on the USDA website (www.biopreferred.gov)  and create an eAuthorization Account
  2. Submit Product for 3rd Party Testing
  3. Promote your products using the appropriate BioBased Label usage

Step by step guide here.

More Information

biobased day

Who manages the BioPreferred Program?

Managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information about the program visit:


Biopreferred case study

USDA BioPreferred Case Study: GreenKraft Clamshells

Businesses Now Have an Option for Attractive, Eco-Friendly Consumer Packaging That’s
100% USDA Certified Biobased

Read Article here

biobased day

Why use Carbon 14 Testing?

Products made from biomass feedstocks like agricultural, plant, animal, marine, and forestry materials will still retain 100% of C-14 radioactivity for a long period of time (only 1% of radioactivity is lost after 100 years). Fossil carbons in products will have zero radioactivity as they are formed over millions of years.

Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!


Customer Spotlight

USDA Certified BIOBased Product
Material ConneXion
HSCG Member