Arborjet and Ecologel are pleased to announce they have been recognized as BioPreferred Champions by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Ecologel Solutions, LLC was an official pioneer of the program as one of the first 500 companies to earn the right to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product label on a certified product. As program participants, both Arborjet and Ecologel have been instrumental in the success of the USDA BioPreferred Program, which is celebrating 20 years as the federal government's official advocate and market accelerator for biobased products.
“We are thrilled with this honor which signifies both company's long-term commitment to using products that are environmentally friendly and promote sustainability by using renewable resource materials," said Rick Irwin, President of Ecologel Solutions, LLC. "The USDA biobased label provides added comfort to our customers in knowing that the products they are using to help save the world’s water supply are produced using renewable organic carbon components."
Arborjet and Ecologel BioPreferred products tested and certified for their biobased content include:
- Hydretain Root Zone Moisture Manager, certified to contain 93% biobased content, reduces watering requirements by up to 50% while also increasing nutrient uptake.
- NutriRoot 2-2-3, with a biobased rating of 86% is a unique blend of nutrients, seaweed extract, humic acid, surfactants and humectants designed to increase root development and reduce water stress.
According to USDA Rural Development, "the goal of the BioPreferred Program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. It was first introduced in the 2002 Farm Bill with the goal of increasing the development, purchase and use of biobased products. It requires federal agencies and contractors to give purchasing preference to biobased products."
This program has participation from businesses in 47 countries and more than 1,500 companies across the U.S. The program reports over a 500% increase in certification of upstream materials from 2015 to 2022. This includes products cataloged as eligible for federal purchasing preference across 139 product categories and an increase in reporting of biobased purchases by federal contractors nationwide.
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