Product Certifications

 

Certification Standards

The Biodegradable Products Institute is the current standard in U.S. for composting. BPI and the US Composting Council use the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications to certify products as compostable.

ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. More than 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. ASTM certification on product labels ensures stringent specifications have been met or exceeded. 

Please note that these certifications are held by the manufacturer of the product, and not Pacific Eco Products, Inc. The products we carry fall into two ASTM Categories: ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868:

ASTM D6400 ASTM D6868
This specification applies to products made from plastics that are designed to be composted in commercial composting facilities. This specification covers laminated paper, Plant Starch, and sugarcane (bagasse) items that are designed to be composted in commercial composting facilities.

ASTM D6400 certification establishes standards for identifying plastic products and materials that will compost satisfactorily in municipal and industrial aerobic composting facilities. Specific properties are required to determine if these plastics will compost satisfactorily, including biodegrading at a rate comparable to known compostable materials and that the degradation of these materials will not diminish the value or utility of the finished compost.

ASTM D6868 certification has similar standards to ASTM D6400, but covers materials and products (including packaging) that incorporate a biodegradable plastic film or coating (either through lamination, extrusion or mixing). It ensures any entire end product that is designed to be composted in municipal and industrial aerobic composting facilities will compost satisfactorily. Products listed on this site conforming to ASTM D6868 include PLA-lined hot cups and some items in Trays.

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