Bio-based tableware, EPS foam added to U.S. government’s procurement program


These are just two of the eight products recently added to the list of bio-based product categories that are eligible for Federal procurement preference. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who announced the additions, said, "This is part of an ongoing effort to increase the use of agricultural commodities to make renewable, sustainable, bio-based products that will enhance rural economic opportunities. Including previously designated items, there are now more than 5100 products qualifying for preferred procurement under the BioPreferred program." The preferred purchasing consideration extends to all U.S. Federal government agencies and the contractors serving these.

The new product categories most recently added include disposable tableware (minimum bio-based content 72%), expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam recycling products (minimum bio-based content 90%), heat transfer fluids, ink removers and cleaners, mulch and compost materials, multipurpose lubricants, topical pain relief products and turbine drip oils. Bio-based products are composed wholly or partially of biological ingredients - renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials. Bio-based foams, for instance, are being made from soybean oil and already are in commercial use in applications such as car seating....
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