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BPI Updates

Update on BPI Certification and our Vanguard™ line

As of December 31, 2019, the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) will no longer certify as commercially compostable products that have more than 100 parts per million (PPM) of total fluorine. Fluorinated compounds that are part of the PFAS* family are widely used in molded fiber foodservice packaging (including ours and our competitors’) to provide grease resistance. Rest assured, the fluorinated compounds used in Eco-Products items have all been FDA approved. However, as of January 1, 2020, our traditional molded fiber products (sugarcane, wheat straw, Dahlia) will no longer be BPI certified. For more information on this issue, please visit the BPI website here.

As part of our commitment to industry leadership and choice, we have developed a new line of sugarcane products – called Vanguard – that does not rely on fluorinated chemistry to provide grease resistance. Vanguard products have been verified by a third-party laboratory to have less than 100 PPM of total fluorine, and these products have been certified as commercially compostable by BPI. The initial line is in use with select customers, with more shapes and sizes to be coming soon. If BPI certification is important to you, ask your Eco-Products rep about Vanguard.

You may read more about Vanguard and fluorinated chemistry in the documents found here. You may read more about our First Place in Innovation in Manufacturing Award from FPI and QSR Magazine for Vanguard here. (Yes, we are proud that we were first to market with a molded fiber offering that does not rely on PFAS. )

Have a question related to the information above? Email our Sustainability Maven.

* Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances