For the past decade, the Federal government has promoted biobased products (which includes many bioplastics), and President Obama recently issued a presidential memorandum that furthers this trend. The memo, titled Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement, is to help ensure that the USDA BioPreferred Procurement Program is effectively executed to meet the Federal requirements for biobased products, as per the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 and the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. The purpose of this legislation is to increase the Federal procurement of biobased products “to promote rural economic development, create new jobs, and provide new markets for farm commodities.” The presidential memo also states, “Biobased and sustainable products help to increase our energy security and independence.”
As a manufacturer of biobased bioplastic products, we are excited to see continued support for green manufacturing as well as recognition for the benefits of products made from renewable resources. “Biobased products are creating jobs across America. These new innovative products are creating new markets for agriculture and expanding opportunities in rural America,” the Presidential memo further declares. Cereplast provides green jobs to people all across the United States, primarily in Seymour, Indiana, where our factory and R&D labs are located, as well as the greater Los Angeles area, where our corporate headquarters is based. As the demand for biobased products grows, so does the green workforce.
Biobased products are made from agriculturally-derived renewable resources, and by selecting biobased alternatives to products made from foreign oil (which is a non-renewable fossil fuel resource) we support agriculture, the economy and the future of our planet.
Read more about the BioPreferred programs in our previous articles:
- Be Patriotic: Buy Biobased Products and Use Less Oil
- BioPreferred Procurement vs. Labeling Program: The United States Department of Agriculture’s Promotion of Biobased Products.