Certifications

Materials

FSC 100%

Indicates paper pulp is made of 100% virgin material from FSC-certified forests.

FSC Recycled

Indicates paper pulp is made of 100% recycled fiber.

FSC Mix

Indicates paper pulp is made from a mix of FSC-certified sources, recycled pulp, and wood from controlled forests.

SFI Forest Management

Promotes the use of sustainable forestry practices.

SFI Fiber Sourcing

Indicates paper pulp is made of SFI-certified fiber, pre- or post-consumer recycled content, and/or non-controversial sources.

ASTM 5988

Tests aerobic biodegradability of plastic materials in exposed environment.

ASTM D6400

Tests compostability of plastic films and bags in industrial composting facilities.

ASTM D6868

Certifies compostability of paper products with a biodegradable plastic film or coating, in industrial composting facilities.

ASTM D5511

Tests whether a material would convert to methane in a landfill.

ISO 17556

Tests aerobic biodegradability of plastic materials in soil. Uses ASTM 5988 methodology.

ISO 14001

Identifies standards for an effective environmental management system.

BPI

Satisfies compostability standards ASTM D6400 or D6868.

OK Biobased

Tests that the material is derived from plants, agricultural byproducts or agricultural waste.

OK Compost Home

Certifies a material is compostable in a home compost.

OK Compost Industrial

Certifies a material is compostable in an industrial composting plant.

OK Biodegradable Marine

Certifies a material biodegrades in the sea. Only allowed on products used in the marine environment.

OK Biodegradable Water

Certifies a material biodegrades in freshwater environments.

OK Biodegradable Soil

Certifies a material biodegrades in soil, without adversely affecting the environment.

NEN Biobased Content

Certifies a product is fully or partially derived from plants, agricultural byproducts, or agricultural waste, based on EN 16785-1.

EN 13432

Tests compostability of plastic packaging materials in industrial composting facilities.

EN 14995

Tests compostability of plastic materials in industrial composting facilities.

Seedling

Satisfies compostability standards EN 13432 or EN 14995.

ISO 18830

Tests aerobic biodegradability of plastic materials in sea water.

ISO 16759

ISO 16759 is the standard methodology for conducting a lifecycle analysis around ink and calculating the carbon footprint of print media products.

AS 5810

An Australian standard, that certifies plastic to be 90% biodegradable in 20-30°C, within 180 days.