When you purchase products that bear the “BPI Certified” logo, you know that you are purchasing a product that has been independently tested and certified – certified to degrade completely in a commercial composting facility, without leaving any toxins or residues. Compostable products at TPS carry the BPI Certification because we care about our shared environment, and giving you the confidence of knowing you are using a product that meets tough ecology standards.
When purchasing a “non-certified” compostable product, you take a risk. There is no independent verification of the manufacturer’s compostability claims. Some might have poor performance. Some might not fully degrade – contaminating commercial composting facilities with non-composting waste. Worse yet, some may contain coatings, binding materials, and other chemicals that will decompose into toxic products and residues.
Compostability standards testing is voluntary. Socially responsible manufacturers, like TPS, embrace testing to assure themselves, and you, that their products perform as they are supposed to, and are truly eco-friendly.
The ecology movement in the US gave rise to innovative packaging ideas. Among these ideas was the use of compostable agricultural byproducts to make single use packaging for the food industry. In the late 1980s compostable products were becoming available in the market, but manufacturers claims could not be verified. Products had varying degrees of compostable in commercial composts.
In the 1990’s a new standards organization, Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) was formed from a group of individuals, industry, and government groups. Through eight years of cooperative research, BPI was able to established scientific methods and standards to measure the compostability and biodegrading performance of products. Products meeting these standards, ASTM D6400 and D6868, are allowed to use the “BPI Certified” logo.
Compostable products at TPS proudly display the BPI Certified logo – a symbol of our commitment to providing exceptional ecology friendly packaging products.