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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.


Biodegradable Product Institute (BPI) Certified

BPI is a third-party certification that verifies the compostability of manufacturers’ products. This certification maintains that packaging products compost completely and safely in commercial composting operations. BPI is the only North American third-party verification of the ASTM D6400 or D6868 Standards for compostable products. 

Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) Certified

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 certify viable compostable products.

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 Their product certification is now deprecated and has been replaced by CMA Certified.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.

TÜV AUSTRIA OK compost HOME

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.

DEBIO Certified

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.

ASTM-D6400 Standard

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”.

ASTM-D6868 Standard

Similar to D6400, this specific standard is for the compostability of plastic films or linings/coatings attached to compostable products like food packaging.

CAN/BNQ 0017-088 Standards

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.

NON-GMO Verified

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 Certified Paper

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.

IMS Certified

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.

Food and Drug Admininstration (FDA)

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.

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