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Welcome to the BioPreferred® Catalog

USDA's BioPreferred® Program Catalog assists users in identifying products that qualify for mandatory federal purchasing, are certified through the voluntary labeling initiative, or both.

Companies with biobased products voluntarily submit their product information for inclusion in this Catalog. Although you cannot purchase a product directly from this Catalog, sourcing information, such as product details and company websites, is provided.*

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Mandatory Federal Purchasing

This symbol indicates that a product qualifies for mandatory federal purchasing by meeting or exceeding the minimum biobased content requirements for one or more products categories that have been identified by USDA. The manufacturers self-certify (self-identify) the product's biobased content. USDA lists the product's biobased content as "meets minimum" for a particular category.

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Voluntary Labeling

This symbol indicates that a product or package is USDA Certified Biobased. The biobased contents of these products/packages have been third-party tested at independent laboratories. These products/packages have earned USDA certification and the approval to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product label.


* Company and/or product information in this Catalog in no way represents actual, implied, or inferred endorsement by USDA.

Biobased
Containing renewable plant, marine, and forestry-based resources not derived from petroleum.
Biobased Content
A ratio of a product's new organic carbon to total organic carbon, as measured by a standard test method (ASTM D6866). Biobased content is expressed as a percentage. New organic carbon is derived from plants and other renewable agricultural materials. Total organic carbon consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon (which originates from petroleum). The presence of new organic carbon is an important attribute in a product's sustainability footprint.
Biobased Products
Biobased Products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. Biobased products generally provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products and include a diverse range of offerings such as lubricants, detergents, inks, fertilizers, and bioplastics.
Percent Biobased Content
The ratio of new organic carbon to total organic carbon in a product. New organic carbon is derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. Total organic carbon consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon, which originates from petroleum.
Qualified Biobased Product
Meets the requirements for one or more product categories identified by USDA as part of the federal government procurement preference program.
Renewable
An inexhaustible resource, readily replaced. In the context of biobased products, renewable resources includes agricultural, forestry, and marine resources such as algae.
USDA Certified Biobased Product
Has achieved third-party verification of biobased content and has earned USDA certification and approval to display the label.