Terms like “biodegradable” or “green” are often overused as marketing tactics and have vague definitions that can be misleading to consumers. One way to ensure that a product is accurately represented is to look for reputable industry certifications such as the USDA Certified BioBased Label, and the TUV Austria OK to Compost labels.
Certifications You Can Trust
At Foresight USA, our products have undergone strict testing to ensure that they meet — or exceed — the leading environmental certifications. Sustainability is a top priority of ours, which is why we were the first dog waste bag company to enter the USDA’s BioPreferred Program.
The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label
Biobased products are those consisting primarily of renewable materials (like plants) and are an innovative step towards reducing our reliance on petroleum. The USDA’s BioPreferred Program is a voluntary program that requires third-party testing of biobased products to confirm that minimum content standards set by the USDA are met.
Our biobased dog waste bags earned this label and are confirmed to be 38 percent biobased. As a pioneer in the Biopreferred program, we proudly carry this label on our certified biobased roll waste bags and our certified biobased header bags.
TUV Austria OK to Compost Certifications
Our compostable bags meet the ASTM 6400 standard for bioplastics to be considered compostable in commercial facilities, and the bags have achieved a TUV Austria “OK To Compost Industrial” certificate. This means that our compostable bags meet the specific conditions required for them to be composted in municipal aerobic and industrial composting facilities. To find a composting facility near you that accepts the compostable dog waste bags, we recommend using FindAComposter.com.
In addition to the industrial composting certification, our compostable dog waste bags have earned the TUV Austria “OK to Compost at Home” certification — often considered the gold standard in composting biobased products. This label ensures that the bags will break down into organic materials in a typical backyard/home compost bin.
However, it’s important to note that when the compostable bags are being used for dog waste (that can contain hazards to human health), the compost created must remain separated from other compost piles and should not be used in a garden setting.