"With major companies like Solo Cup, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart (in Canada), Whole Foods, International Paper, Glad and Dixie Cup offering branded compostable products, there is overwhelming evidence that this marketplace (biodegradable products) has gone mainstream."
This is the central conclusion of a feature article written by Rhodes Yepsen in the August issue of BioCycle Magazine.
According to the story, manufacturers, consumers and composters are also paying more attention to whether the products are actually compostable, seeking out the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo
“The composting industry increasingly understands that BPI-approved products will compost appropriately, and that products with faulty claims stand out on the screens at the end,” says Steven A. Mojo, executive director of the BPI. “This is coupled with legislation in California and Minnesota allowing ASTM D6400 compliant compostable bags in municipal programs instead of ordinary plastic bags. And a number of major retailers like Wal-Mart and Shopper’s Drug Mart in Canada and Whole Foods are utilizing BPI-approved compostable products for their store brand, showing that a broader range of customers are paying attention.”
BPI’s website (bpiworld.org
) currently features 25 bag manufacturers, 27 companies making foodservice items and packaging films, and 19 resin manufacturers. To put this in perspective, BioCycle’s July 2007 article on compostable products reported 12 bag manufacturers and 12 companies making foodservice products and film.
To read the entire story, click the link "Compostable Products Go Mainstream
". (registration on 3rd party website is required to download the entire two-part story as a pdf)