BPI's goal is,
"The scalable diversion of organic waste to composting, by verifying that products and packaging will successfully break down in professionally managed compost facilities, without harming the quality of the finished compost."
Much of BPI's work is focused on ensuring that the verification process continues to work our member companies and the composters who are processing the products and packaging. That process is at the core of that BPI does, because if that process is no longer working, there is limited value to the certification itself.
But it is also critical that those same composters (and lots of other people) be able to confirm whether or not a given product is BPI certified. From the beginning, BPI has managed a logo program with its membership in an effort to signal people wanting to know whether a product has the certification.
Executing on that is easier said than done thanks to a wide array of product materials, shapes, sizes, and available printing / embossing methods, just to make a few of the many reasons. (We are in the process of overhauling our Logo and Messaging Guide to help our members and their resellers in their efforts to communicate as clearly as possible about compostability.
One way to begin to address this issue is to have an online database where anyone can go to determine whether a product is certified or not, and that is what BPI maintains on our newly updated website.
By clicking here, searchers can go to the landing page of BPI's Certified Compostable Products Database. (A search bar is also located on the homepage of the BPI website.) Once there, you can search by category, company, product, SKU#, or Certification #. This is by far the most efficient way to reliably determine whether a product is BPI certified or not, so please feel free to share this with anyone who would benefit from it.