As a leader in biobased performance materials, Entropy Resins has set the bar for verifying both the performance and sustainability of its products. We employ standardized testing methods by third-party laboratories to evaluate and quantify the environmental improvements of our products over conventional petrochemical based materials as well as other bioderived materials. These methods allow us to not only properly communicate the environmental benefits of our resins to the end users, but also helps our customers comply with existing and upcoming green legislation and standards.
USDA BioPreferredSM Product Certification and Labeling Program
Entropy Resins is pleased to announce that its Super Sap® 100/1000 and CPM Systems have been certified as a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) biobased product. The USDA BioPreferred Program is a voluntary labeling program used to certify consumer biobased products in the U.S. The certification uses the ASTM D6866 standard to measure the bio-based carbon atoms in a product.
The core goals of the USDA BioPreferred program remain the same today as they were outlined in the legislative history of the 2002 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act:
· Spur the development of the biobased industrial base through value-added agricultural processing and manufacturing in rural communities.
· Enhance the Nation’s energy security, by substituting biobased products for fossil energy based products derived from imported oil and natural gas.
· Reduce the Nation’s environmental impact by promoting products that may be more benign to the environment.
All biobased content data for Entropy products are reported according to ASTM D6866. This standard is recognized by governments and companies world-wide as a valid tool for quantifying the renewable carbon content of biobased products. ASTM D6866 is the standard used for testing and reporting bio-content by the USDA BioPreferredSM Program. Because the test can only measure biobased carbon atoms, the USDA can only certify that portion of the total biomass. This reading is the number we report as part of our USDA certified biobased content.
USGBC/LEED Accreditation - MR Credit 6: Rapid Renewable Materials
Intent - To reduce the use and depletion of finite raw materials and long-cycle renewable materials by replacing them with rapidly renewable materials.
Requirements - Use rapidly renewable building materials and products for 2.5% of the total value of all building materials and products used in the project, based on cost. Rapidly renewable building materials and products are made from plants that are typically harvested within a 10-year or shorter cycle.
Entropy Resins Applicability to LEED MRc6 - All entropy resins employ a minimum of 16% plant-based material. The source of this material is from the waste stream of bio-diesel production that uses rapidly renewable bio-mass (as defined in LEED MRc6) as it source. This percentage has been verified by independent laboratories using ASTM method D6866.
For more information about USGBC and LEED Certification: http://www.usgbc.org/