Replacing petroleum-based plastics with materials derived from bio-based feedstocks may seem more sustainable. But the full lifecycle of bio-based plastics must be examined, from how the biological feedstock was grown, to how the material is reused or composted at end of life.
- Guidelines for Sustainable Bioplastics – developed by the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative
- Full Guide
For an application of the Guidelines for Sustainable Bioplastics see:
- BioSpecs for Food Service Ware: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Specifications for Compostable Biobased Food Service Ware – developed by the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative with support from BizNGO
The BioSpecs provide a framework for buyers to assess the sustainability of compostable biobased food service ware products during three stages of their life cycle:
- Biomass production
- End of product life
By achieving selected criteria in each stage of the cycle, manufacturers can claim recognition for their products at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. The Gold level is reserved for the highest level of performance.