Standards & Certifications
Our products have a variety of certifications and standards that they meet or exceed. These vary widely by category and manufacturer and can be determined by looking at each product's individual description.
BPI is a third-party certification that verifies the compostability of manufacturers’ products and packaging. This certification maintains that these items compost completely and safely in commercial composting operations and meet ASTM D6400 or D6868 conditions for compostability.
BPI’s rules require that all products and packaging be labeled with the BPI Certification Mark unless a category level exemption is in place. This labeling helps composters identify certified products and builds trust that these items mixed with other organics like food scraps will break down entirely and not negatively impact the quality of the compost.
Compost Manufacturing Alliance is a third-party organization that is a partnership of commercial compost facilities, as well as compostable product manufacturers. Working together, they combine lab and field tests, as well as various strategies to vet and ensure that the appropriate ASTM lab standards (ASTM D6400 or D6868) are met on certified products. CMA maintains a database of CMA certified products to help consumers and composters determine is a product is CMA certified.
Cedar Grove Certified
Cedar Grove is a multi-facility composting operation in Washington state. Their product certification is now deprecated and has been replaced by CMA Certified. Anything CMA Certified is considered Cedar Grove approved for their facilities.
A European company that certifies products as being home compostable. These are products that are able to be composted with a lower and less constant temperature than commercial compost facilities. Any product with this certification is also commercially compostable.
A Norwegian company that certifies that products can be used in organic agriculture after they are composted. As this is a Norwegian certification, it is uncommon, but select BioBag items are DEBIO certified.
Standard D6400 indicates that breakdown occurs within 180 days and that the final product yields organic compounds and is not toxic to the environment. Products must meet standards established by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to be labeled “industrially compostable” or “commercially compostable”.
Similar to D6400, this specific standard is for the compostability of plastic films or linings/coatings attached to compostable products like food packaging.
BNQ (Burea de Normalisation du Quebec) is a Canadian organization that creates the Quebec adopted standards for compostable packaging products and bags, specifically compostable plastics like PLA. CAN/BNQ 0017-088 Standard requirements ensure that products are truly compostable and do not negatively affect compost quality.
European Standard EN 13432
This European version of the US ASTM Standard sets their packaging criteria for industrial compostability. EN 13432 requires the compostable product to disintegrate within 12 weeks and completely biodegrade within six months.
The Seedling logo is a European Certification that proves a product is certified industrially compostable according to the European Standard EN 13432. This is a 3rd party certification by TÜV AUSTRIA authorized by European Bioplastics. Usually certified in addition to OK compost Industrial to ensure compostable certification throughout the European market.
The NON-GMO Project verifies that foods and other products are free from GMOs. This third-party certification comprehensively evaluates each product to the highest standard. Select BioBag items are NON-GMO verified in order to also be DEBIO certified.
FSC, or the Forest Stewardship Council, is an organization which sets the standards for responsible and ethical forest management. Their certification acknowledges that wood and paper products are made in a responsible way that reduces environmental impact.
Bag Ban Compliant
This compliance references various bag bans. Compliance details vary and are determined by local municipalities usually in regards to what is permitted to replace banned plastic bags. The details can include accepted bag materials, stated minimum percentage of recycled/post-consumer recycled content, no old growth fibers, and specific labeling, as well as any required certifications like FSC Certified. Check with your local municipality for details if applicable.
The Interstate Milk Shippers (IMS) certification is in regards to milk and dairy use. This program between Federal and State governments provides certification for hygienic bottle manufacturers to provide milk/dairy processors with approved packaging materials. This certification applies to Juice Bottles only.
Manufacturers must obtain FDA approval on all proprietary materials used for food packaging. The FDA regulates and provides a list of all safe ingredients that may come into contact with food and beverages. Good Start Packaging only carries FDA approved food and drink packaging products.