Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has unveiled the first 60 products that consumers will soon see in stores bearing the new USDA BioPreferred product label for certified biobased products. The new BioPreferred label designates products that are composed wholly or significantly of agricultural ingredients – renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials. This new label indicates that the product has been independently certified to meet USDA BioPreferred program standards for biobased content.
Deputy Secretary Merrigan said - from bioplastics to plant-based cleaners, from industrial lubricants and construction products to personal care items, this ever-growing list of biobased products helps create jobs in rural communities by adding value to agricultural commodities and can reduce our dependence on imported oil.
Just a few of the BioPreferred labeled products unveiled include hand soaps and hand sanitizers, plant-based plastic food packaging used to package fresh food, an array of biobased cleaning products, engine oils and lubricants, as well as biobased fiber spun into carpet and clothes.