Laurel Biocomposite has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its Bio-Res PE and Bio-Res powder products.
Laurel explains that it first introduced the biomaterial in 2011 as a cost-effective, green replacement with improved performance properties for traditional petroleum-based resins in a variety of plastics manufacturing processes. The BioPreferred label assures customers that Laurel products contain bio-materials in the amounts specified. The company’s newly certified products also are part of the Federal procurement preference program and may help achieve Materials & Resource Credits 6 (MR-6) as well as additional credit categories related to LEED certification.
“One of our goals in bringing our new product to life and helping to establish it in the mainstream marketplace is to guarantee that the information we provide about the bio-content, renewability and sustainability of Bio-Res PE and Bio-Res powder is credible and accurate,” says Tim Bearnes, CEO of Laurel. “The independent assessment, verification and reporting of the USDA’s BioPreferred program is important and helps us achieve that objective.”
Earlier this year Laurel moved into a newly constructed 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Its’ production line is operating at a capacity of 7 million pounds a year. Phase II which includes a second production line and bulk material handling is underway and is expected to raise Laurel BioComposite’s annual capacity to 48 million pounds.
“We are proud that Laurel has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label,” says Ron Buckhalt, USDA BioPreferred program manager. “Biobased products add value to renewable agriculture commodities, create jobs in rural communities and help our nation decrease its reliance on foreign-sourced and non-renewable petroleum.”
The USDA BioPreferred program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). The purpose is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The United States Department of Agriculture manages the program. Products that meet the USDA BioPreferred program requirements carry a distinctive label for easier identification by the consumer. To learn moreabout the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label please visit www.biopreferred.gov, and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.
Laurel says its Bio-Res products are able to economically raise the renewable or “green” content of plastic products by as much as 40 percent. The biomaterial is available in pellet formulations which blend easily with polyethylene, polypropylene, polylactic acid and polyhydroxyalkanoates matrices. The product has been tested to replace 20 to 40 percent of the neat resin in a variety of manufacturing processes. Master batch pellets provide easy drop in to thermoplastics formulations. Bio-Res PE is especially suited for single-use products as well as applications for a variety of industries including shipping, lawn and garden, agriculture and automotive.
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