USDA’s New Line of Green Products Release This Spring

January 24, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

The USDA or the United States Department of Agriculture will be releasing the official label for green products that are certified by the department. The USDA is said to release the label later this spring with the objective of guiding consumers to become environmentally responsible in everything that they buy.

USDA’s New Line of Green Products Release This Spring

This means that the USDA intend for the public to know that the various green products the government has approved are certified to meet the department’s standards for a prescribed quantity of biobased content in a product.

According to the department’s press release, the official label are intended for green products that are made wholly or significantly of organic ingredients— such as renewable plant, forestry or marine materials, and animal.

The Department of Agriculture has set about 51 percent (minimum) of “renewable ingredients” green products needs to contain before the department will consider giving its green label approval—this is according to the first proposed rule.

But, numerous interested companies have objected with the first proposed rules. The USDA lowered the minimum renewable ingredient from 51 percent to 25 percent.

All the products that will hit the stores this spring will be made up of a minimum of 25 percent renewable ingredients.

The press release also stated that for transparency and for the consumers, all the green products or the “USDA Certified Biobased Product” will have a label with a list of the exact percentage of renewable ingredients it contains.

USDA’s green products with the “organic stamp” will be everything from household- cleaners and makeup.

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