Sustainable Materials

Sustainable Biobased Materials

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.

For a comprehensive framework see:

For an application of the Guidelines for Sustainable Bioplastics see:

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: 

  1. Biomass production
  2. Manufacturing
  3. 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.