Federal & State Regulations
Federal Trade Commission - Green Guide
Here at beyondGREEN we strive to stay current and compliant with all Federal Trade Commission guidelines in regards to products claiming environmental benefits. We have reviewed the latest Green Guide provided by the FTC in October of 2012, and are proud to say that our product adheres to the high standards outlined for claims of degradation, renewable resource composition, and compostability.
Section 260.4 General Environmental Benefits Claims :
Our beyondGREEN Bags claim Eco-efficiency because the bioplastic material used to make the bags is composed from ecologically efficient vegetable (maize) plants. One hectare of maize absorbs 20-30 tons of carbon and supplies two to four times more oxygen than one hectare of forest. Our process is parsimonious in the use of water, with maize using water 40% more efficiently than wheat.
Section 260.6 Certifications and Seals of Approval
- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Biopreffered program for use of Certified Biobased Product Label for beyondGREEN Bags has been approved and indicates that our product’s biobased content is up to 35%.
- AIB VINCOTTE International Certification Committee has approved beyondGREEN Bags and issued a Certificate of Award, allowing the use of the “OK Compost” Conformity Mark as per EN 13432 certification criteria.
- AIB VINCOTTE International Certification Committee has approved beyondGREEN Bags and issued a Certificate for Award, allowing the use of the “OK Compost HOME” Conformity Mark
Section 260.7 Compostable Claims :
Section 260.7(b) outlines that “A marketer claiming that an item is compostable should have competent and reliable scientific evidence that all the materials in the item will break down into, or otherwise become part of, usable compost (e.g., soil-conditioning material, mulch) in a safe and timely manner (i.e., in approximately the same time as the materials with which it is composted) in an appropriate composting facility, or in a home compost pile or device.”
- beyondGREEN Bags have been scientifically tested and certified as being compostable within the Green Guides’ recommended timeframe of no longer than 1 year by OK Compost, as well as being certified by the USDA as a biobased product. (further information on the standards and measures for qualification can be obtained through the websites of the respective agencies)
- Section 260.7(d) states that “To avoid deception about the limited availability of municipal or institutional composting facilities, a marketer should clearly and prominently qualify compostable claims if such facilities are not available to a substantial majority of consumers or communities where the item is sold.”
- At beyondGREEN we understand that not all of our customers live in communities with optimal municipal composting programs. Per the Green Guide, and our own passion for renewable infrastructure, provided below are helpful links for finding composting systems and programs in your area :