Why “Certified” Compostable?

24 Apr 2018 11:51 AM | Wendell Simonson (Administrator)

Thanks in large part to shifts in consumer sentiment and broader awareness of environmental sustainability, “greener” alternatives to traditional products and services have become increasingly common in today’s world. Compostability, where products and packaging associated with food scraps are re-designed to break down in composting facilities, is one strategy being employed in the effort to send less “waste” to landfills.    

 In order for composters to feel confident that the products and packaging they allow into their facilities is actually compostable, and for consumers to be able to actually identify those products, a system of third-party verification is required, and that’s where BPI comes in.

Certification is critical for making sure claims are clear, consistent, and scientifically based.  BPI’s certification logo is on over 6,500 products in North America, and has been used by companies for almost 20 years, providing simple and uniform identification.  

 We verify that products meet ASTM’s scientific specifications, using internationally recognized test methods for compostability, conducted by independent laboratories.  No self-made claims to wade through, just the facts backed up by rigorous testing and review. 

 At BPI, we only certify products and packaging linked to food scraps diversion, or things that composters may actually want in their pile.  While many landfill-bound items need to be redesigned, not all are suitable for composting.  Considering that food scraps are the number one category of “waste” ending up in US landfills, the ability to more easily divert this stream to composting is a major goal for consumers, businesses and municipalities.  

 We hope that you’ll enjoy our new website and blog, and make use of our re-designed database of certified products — the definitive source for figuring out whether something is compostable in North America.

BPI is a science-driven organization that supports a shift to the circular economy by promoting the production, use, and appropriate end of lives for materials and products that are designed to fully biodegrade in specific biologically active environments.

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