Green Biologics Inc. recently announced that its high-purity bio-based n-butanol and acetone have received official certification under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred® program. The products are now certified as 100% bio-based and are marketed under the BioPure brand.

“Having our n-butanol and acetone named as USDA certified bio-based products is yet another milestone that we can point to when demonstrating the value and differentiation of our products from conventional petrochemical-based commodities,” said David Anderson, global vice president of marketing.

The BioPreferred program is a USDA-led initiative designed to assist in the development and expansion of markets for bio-based products. Created by the 2002 Farm Bill and expanded as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, BioPreferred reportedly mandates purchasing requirements for federal agencies and contractors, as well as voluntary product certification and labeling. Products using the USDA certified bio-based product label reportedly are guaranteed to contain a USDA-verified amount of renewable biological ingredients, enabling consumers to make informed and sustainably minded purchasing decisions. 

“The USDA’s BioPreferred program plays a vital role in the global movement away from petro-based products and toward renewable, naturally sourced materials,” said Anderson. “We’re proud to have our products verified by such a distinguished organization. Today’s consumers are becoming more conscious of chemicals in their everyday lives, and achieving this certification gives them confidence that our products have met the highest standards of sustainability.”

Green Biologics is reportedly in the early startup of its first commercial production facility for BioPure renewable n-butanol and acetone in Little Falls, Minn., and aims to be in commercial production by late this year.

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