Driving Markets for BioPlastics: The USDA BioPreferred Program

Westin Hotel Georgetown Thursday, June 1, 2017 3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

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Marie Wheat

The USDA BioPreferred® program’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for the success of biobased products in the global marketplace.  The USDA BioPreferred Program works to increase Federal procurement of biobased products and to create market-pull through the USDA Certified Biobased Product label. Bioplastic intermediates and finished product companies are increasingly choosing to obtain the USDA Certified Biobased Label for their products.  Discussed will be the status of  federal rulemaking process that will designated 12 categories of intermediates (e.g. plastic resins) for preferred purchasing by the federal government.  Marie Wheat will also discuss a follow-up study to a 2015 report: An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Product Industry.   Commissioned by the USDA BioPreferred Program, the 2015 report examined the economic effects of the U.S. biobased products industry, including metrics at the state level.