The USDA BioPreferred program, an initiative which seeks to increase the purchase and use of biobased products made from renewable plant or animal materials, has certified nonwovens containing cotton as biobased.
“The BioPreferred Program seeks to bolster the use and purchase of products made from renewable resources, and given that cotton is a natural fiber and annually renewable, we’re delighted that nonwovens containing cotton are now designated biobased by the program,” says Jan O’Regan, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Cotton Incorporated.
Defined by the 2002 Farm Bill, biobased products are commercial or industrial products that are composed, in whole or in part, of biological products, renewable agricultural, or forestry materials.
“Although to many it might seem intuitive that cotton fiber itself would be certified in the BioPreferred program, according to the BioPreferred® program’s specifications, products that were available on the market prior to 1972 do not qualify,” O’Regan says. “Cotton in nonwovens represents a recent and significant development in the marketplace since that time and that’s why we’re so pleased they can be certified as part of the program.”
For retailers or manufacturers seeking a label certification, more information about the program can be found at http://www.biopreferred.gov/.