June 16, 2011
Fabri‐Kal is proud to announce their Greenware® cold drink cups,lids and portion cups have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. Greenware® products are made entirely from plants, not petroleum, and are USDA certified as containing 100 percent biobased carbon content.
Kalamazoo, Mich. (June 16, 2011) – Fabri-Kal is proud to announce their Greenware® cold drink cups, lids and portion cups have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. Greenware® products are made entirely from plants, not petroleum, and are USDA certified as containing 100 percent biobased carbon content. Greenware® products are made with Ingeo™ biopolymer (PLA), which received USDA Biobased Product Label certification in April of this year.
In addition to providing technologically and environmentally advanced packaging solutions, Fabri-Kal is committed to producing domestic goods. All Greenware® products are made in the USA from plant sources that are domestically-grown and annually renewable as well as 100 percent compostable in actively managed municipal or industrial facilities, where available.
“Greenware® products were the first made-in-the-USA, 100 percent biobased cold-drink cups and portion cups made from Ingeo™ biopolymer. We are proud to receive the USDA BioPreferred™ program certification for Greenware® cold-drink cups, portion cups and lids,” said Fabri-Kal President Mike Roeder. “Innovation and commitment to the environment are key objectives that drive our business. We’re confident the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label will serve as a credible and trusted symbol for consumers by identifying biobased products that have undergone a robust third party certification to validate the claims.” Under the USDA BioPreferred™ program, products are labeled “biobased” if they are composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients, such as renewable plant material. The fundamental goals of the USDA BioPreferred™ program include spurring the development of the biobased industrial base to meet sustainability goals, enhancing energy security by substituting biobased products – such as Greenware® cold-drink cups, lids and portion cups – for petroleum-based products and promoting eco-friendly products to reduce environmental impact.
Fabri-Kal is a leading provider of plastic foodservice and custom thermoformed packaging solutions. As one of the largest thermoformers in North America, Fabri-Kal has a customer base that includes thousands of foodservice operators and dozens of consumer product manufacturers. Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich., and in continuous operation since 1950, Fabri-Kal employs more than 800 people in five manufacturing, printing and warehousing facilities throughout the United States. More information about Fabri-Kal may be found at the company’s website, www.f-k.com.
About Greenware® Products
With Greenware® products you don’t have to sacrifice performance and clarity for an eco-friendly product – Greenware® satisfies all of these needs. To find out more about Greenware® products, to learn about Fabri-Kal’s No Greenwashing Pledge and to locate composting facilities in your area, visit www.f-k.com/green.
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 composed 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. For more detailed program information and resources, visit www.biopreferred.gov.