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Growth in bio-based products predicted in 2012

February 21, 2012
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PETERBOROUGH, ON — A steady stream of bio-based products — everything from compostable dinnerware and sugarcane soft drink bottles to commercial cleaning chemicals made from agricultural materials — is headed our way in 2012, according to a press release.

This trend is a result of the public’s greater concerns about global climate change and the excessive use of natural resources, the release stated.

According to the release, it is also due in part to a federal BioPreferred program created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which is designed to help stimulate "green" jobs, assist rural economies and help wean the U.S. off foreign oil.

"Because they have become more cost and performance effective, we have seen a definite growth in bio-based cleaning products," said Mike Sawchuk, vice president and general manager of Enviro-Solutions Ltd.

To select green-certified bio-based products, distributors and end users should look to see if the product bears the label or mark of a respected certification organization, the release noted.

Jacquie Ottman of J. Ottman Consulting suggests that more manufacturers, including those in the professional cleaning industry, will be developing bio-based products in coming years, the release added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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