SoilWrap certified as USDA Biobased Product

October 21, 2011 -  By

Ball’s plantable and soil biodegradable container also qualifies for the Federal Procurement Preference.

SoilWrapBall Horticultural Company’s plantable, bio-based container SoilWrap has been awarded USDA BioPreferred designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, falling within the USDA BioPreferred Landscaping and Agriculture — Plant and Flower Pots category. In addition, SoilWrap is also identified for Federal Procurement Preference by federal agencies and their contractors when making purchasing decisions.

Recognized by the USDA for having at least 85% biobased content, SoilWrap underwent third-party certification to assure the presence and amount of biobased ingredients, which is monitored by the agency. SoilWrap packaging can now display the proper certification label mark to aid consumer decision-making on renewable, natural resource alternatives.

“We are extremely proud that SoilWrap meets the high standards of the USDA,” said Bill Doeckel, general manager of Ball Innovations. “Consumers trust the USDA as a source of information, and with this designation, growers and home gardeners can have confidence in SoilWrap as a bio-based packaging alternative.”

According to the agency, USDA BioPreferred products spur the development of the biobased industrial industry through value-added agricultural processing and manufacturing in rural communities; enhances the nation’s energy security by substituting biobased products for fossil energy-based products; and reduces the nation’s environmental impact by promoting products more benign to the environment.

SoilWrap is a plantable and bottomless soil-biodegradable pot that the company says encourages fast rooting with no transplant shock. Made from Mirel, a bio-plastic fueled by renewable feedstock, SoilWrap is available in a variety of sizes and is printable in full color. SoilWrap is marketed in partnership with Summit Plastic Company.

LM Staff

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