Washington DC -- DuPont has applauded the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new bio-based product label aimed at promoting renewable goods and supporting green jobs.
The USDA's BioPreferred programme announced the voluntary product certification and labelling initiative on 19 Jan 2011. The new label clearly identifies bio-based products made from renewable resources, and promotes the increased sale and use of these products in the commercial market and for consumers.
DuPont Applied BioSciences president Craig Binetti said that DuPont applauded the USDA and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for going ahead with the programme.
He said: "The release of the bio-preferred labeling standards will help consumers identify products with bio-based content. This will go a long way to making what used to be alternative products into easily recognized, mainstream items. All while providing consumers with a distinctive choice to buy the products that use renewable content to reduce the use of fossil fuels, reduce emissions and improve environmental sustainability."
He added that DuPont was actively working to develop more high-performance, bio-based materials and believed that the labelling programme would accelerate product development across the industry.
"We encourage the administration and the US government to continue to expand markets for bio-based products and help reduce reliance on fossil fuels," he said. LMH"