Sorona® Earns USDA BioPreferred Recognition
To help customers identify and purchase products made from renewable resources, the USDA BioPreferred® program created the Certified Biobased Product label.
This label turns alternative products into more easily recognizable, mainstream items. All while providing customers with a distinctive choice to buy products that use bio-based ingredients to help reduce the use of fossil fuels, reduce emissions and improve environmental sustainability.
Products that have earned this label include DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced fiber and the Kilfrost DF Sustain aircraft de-icing fluid, made with Susterra® bio-propanediol by DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products.
“We are actively working to develop additional high-performance, bio-based materials and believe this labeling program will accelerate bio-based product development across the industry and create new job opportunities,” said James C. Collins, President, DuPont Industrial Biosciences.
The USDA BioPreferred Program
The purpose of the USDA BioPreferred program is to increase purchase and use of bio-based products. In turn, the program expects to spur economic development by creating new jobs and providing new markets for farm commodities, as manufacturers can use these commodities to create innovative products. The increased adoption of bio-based products will also help to reduce petroleum consumption, reduce CO2 emissions, and reduce adverse environmental and health impacts.
As part of the USDA BioPreferred program, the USDA certifies and awards labels to qualifying products.
The USDA has established minimum bio-based content standards for many product categories. A product must meet or exceed the minimum bio-based content percentage in its given category in order to use the Certified Biobased Product label. Product categories for which bio-based content standards have not been established must contain at least 25% bio-based content.
Defined by the 2002 Farm Bill, bio-based products are commercial or industrial products (other than food or feed) that are composed in whole, or in significant part, of biological products, renewable agricultural materials (including plant, animal, and marine materials), or forestry materials. The 2008 Farm Bill extended the definition of bio-based products to include bio-based intermediate ingredients or feedstock.
DuPont™ Renewably Sourced™ Materials
DuPont™ Sorona® is just one of several products in the category of DuPont™ Renewably Sourced™ Materials. These high-performance, bio-based materials and biofuels are made, in whole or in part, from renewable agricultural feedstocks, such as corn starch, soybeans, sugar cane, and wheat, rather than petroleum.
DuPont continues to work with manufacturers to incorporate bio-based materials into a range of products that can earn the USDA BioPreferred Certified Biobased Product label.
Sorona® contains 37% annually renewable plant based ingredients by weight (28% biobased carbon)