Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced Green Earth Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of “green” environmentally safer consumer packaged goods and products, has been named one of the first eleven companies approved to use USDA’s new product label on certified biobased products. The announcement was made at a biobased product meeting held in Glenwillow, Ohio.
Green Earth Technologies is a “totally green” clean tech company that combines renewable sourced feed stocks with proprietary technologies shaped around the four ideologies of being GREEN: Biodegradable, renewable, recyclable and environmentally safe.
“We are thrilled to be selected as one of the first eleven companies chosen by the USDA for the certified biobased product label program,” said Jeffrey Loch, President and CMO of Green Earth Technologies. “Having the USDA stand behind our products is a huge milestone for our company. This stamp of approval will help expand opportunities for future marketing endeavors and business growth.”
Biobased products are those composed wholly or significantly of agricultural ingredients – renewable plant animal, marine or forestry materials. This new label indicates that the product has been independently certified to meet USDA BioPreferred program standards for biobased content. Biobased products can help increase U.S. energy independence by reducing the use of petroleum in manufactured products. They may also reduce the introduction of fossil carbon into the atmosphere, thus mitigating potential climate change impacts.
“These companies are proving that innovation and agriculture can grow together to build a foundation for future growth in rural America as we work to win the future,” said Deputy Secretary Merrigan. “Consumer cleaning products, containers, and the ‘intermediate materials’ used to manufacture them — made from agriculturally-sourced ingredients — help add value to commodities, create jobs in rural communities, and can reduce our dependence on imported oil.”
Through implementation of the pre-existing USDA BioPreferred program, the Secretary of Agriculture has designated 5,100 biobased products for preferred purchasing by Federal agencies. The new label makes identification of these products easier for Federal buyers and will increase awareness of these high-value products in the commercial and consumer markets. USDA estimates that there are 20,000 biobased products currently being manufactured in the United States.
Products included in the USDA biobased label program include G-OIL® 2-Cycle Bio-Synthetic Engine Oil, G-OIL® 4-cycle SAE 30 Engine Oil, G-OIL® 10W-30 Bio-Synthetic Engine Oil and GET’s hero product, G-OIL® 5W-30 Bio-Based Full Synthetic Motor Oil. G-OIL is the world’s first and only American Petroleum Certified bio-based full synthetic motor oil.
About USDA’s BioPreferred Program
USDA’s BioPreferred program was created by the 2002 Farm Bill to increase the purchase and use of biobased products within the Federal government. Congress reauthorized and strengthened the program in the 2008 Farm Bill to further promote the sale of biobased products. With the launch of this new biobased product label, USDA’s BioPreferred program is now comprised of two parts: a biobased product procurement preference program for Federal agencies, and a voluntary labeling initiative for the broad-scale marketing of biobased products. To learn more, please visit www.biopreferred.gov.