Selling Biobased Products

Selling Biobased Products In the Federal Marketplace

Federal agencies and their contractors are required to purchase to biobased products within categories identified by USDA. The Federal and federal contractor market represent billions of dollars in purchases annually. Federal buyers and federal contractors seek biobased products that qualify for Mandatory Federal Purchasing, that are cost-competitive, and that perform well. (Learn more)

Selling Biobased Products In the General Marketplace

Biobased products that are certified through the BioPreferred program’s Voluntary Labeling Initiative are allowed to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product label on their packaging. This label allows consumers to easily identify that the biobased product has been third-party tested and verified for its percent biobased content. Consider if having your product certified will assist with sales. (Learn more)

BioPreferred® Catalog

Biobased products that qualify for Mandatory Federal Purchasing and/or that are USDA Certified Biobased Products appear in the BioPreferred® Catalog. If your products meet the requirements for one or both of these initiatives, please consider registering your company with the BioPreferred program and entering your products' information by following the steps in the section below.

Criteria Demonstrating Innovative Approaches

Based on requirements in the 2014 Farm Bill, the BioPreferred program is now open to forestry and other traditional biobased products. Now, all biobased products seeking eligibility to participate in the program must demonstrate innovative approaches in the growing, harvesting, sourcing, procuring, processing, manufacturing, or application of the biobased product. Criteria Details

Including Company and Product Information in BioPreferred® Catalog

There is a two stage process to enter company and product information in the BioPreferred Catalog.

  1. Request Level 1 USDA EAuthentication Account

    If you do not already have one, you must obtain an "EAuth" user ID and password. EAuthentication provides a proven security process for BioPreferred data. To create a Level 1 EAuthentication account, and obtain an ID and password, access Create Eauth Account, and under "USDA Customers," click on "Request Level 1 Access."
  2. Enter Company and Product Information

    Once the eAuth account has been created, access the Tools above. The "Business Tools" app allows companies to enter company and qualified product information in the BioPreferred Catalog, initiate a label application process, download labels for certified products, and complete other business functions.

A tutorial for Company Tools is available for download here.

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.