The USDA is proposing this label to identify the thousands of non-food products made with renewable plant, animal, and other bio-based materials. It's an outgrowth of the federal government's BioPreferred purchasing program, that expanded the 2002 Farm Bill in the 2008 Farm Bill.
The BioPreferred program aims to increase the purchase and use of renewable, environmentally friendly biobased products while providing "green" jobs and new markets for farmers, manufacturers, and vendors.
The proposal would set up a system in which companies could voluntarily apply the BioPreferred label to their products.
The USDA has set up a BioPreferred catalog that covers the following categories:
- Building Materials
- Construction and Road Maintenance
- Furniture and Furnishings
- Housewares and Cleaning
- Kitchen and Break Room Supplies
- Industrial Supplies
- Landscaping and Agriculture
- Office Supplies
- Shipping and Packaging
- Personal Care and Toiletries The Great Outdoors