United States Department of Agriculture

Why Buy Certified Products?

The Voluntary Labeling Initiative is designed to empower individuals to consider the verified amount of biobased content in a product. This content is included on the certified product's label.

Companies with a biobased product may apply for certification. The USDA evaluates each application to determine if the product meets the initial certification criteria and a third-party tests a sample of the product to determine its biobased content. Certified products, including packaging, are allowed to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product label which identifies the percent biobased content in the product.