In a world of skepticism partially brought on by the introduction of degradable plastics which are part of the problem not the solution and flagrant corporate greenwashing, we at Matter strongly believe in testing our product with two of the most respected third-party labs on the planet.
The BPI Certification Mark indicates third-party verification of compostability for manufacturers and brand owners to use on products and packaging and for consumers, end-users, and composters to use when determining whether or not a product or package is compostable. BPI is the only third-party verification of ASTM standards for compostable products in North America.
End of Life.
The BPI Certification Mark indicates the end-of-life opportunity for a compostable product. BPI Certification guides manufacturers in designing items, understanding what ingredients they can use, and how to make an independent compostability claim that consumers and composters can trust. The BPI Certification Mark helps consumers to identify and trust that an item is compostable and can be diverted with food scraps where programs exist. Composters are able to identify and trust that certified products mixed with food scraps and yard trimmings will break down during the regular composting process and will not negatively impact compost quality.
The BPI Certification process is rigorous and ensures that items can be cycled back into the soil safely at a commercial composting facility. This is done through testing to ASTM standards and applying additional restrictions on carcinogens and fluorinated chemicals. More details on the BPI Certification process, including testing, approved labs, and our certification scheme, can be found in the Get Certified section of our website.
Verification of Claims.
BPI third party certification distinguishes the manufacturers and brands that make products that comply with scientific standards from those that do not. When looking at a product that is self-declared to be compliant by the manufacturer or brand, a consumer or composter will not know what standards have been met for the product. The third-party certification process ensures that correct components are used and that the correct tests have been conducted to ensure safety for the environment. For instance, imagine seeing “organic” written on a food product but not seeing the USDA Organic mark. The USDA Organic mark tells the consumer that a third party has confirmed the claim. The BPI Certification Mark serves the same purpose for industrially compostable products in North America.
The Global Authority.
TUV certification symbols represent the highest levels of scrutiny of material quality from the compound formulation stage to final processed product. Compounds are put through the complete 90 composting process and all byproducts are tested for completion of decay to soil and absence of toxins. The processed material must go through the same process again, to ensure that the product maintains inherent compostability and non-toxicity. Once passed, the processed material is certified ASTM D6400 compliant (U.S. compliance regulations) and
EN 13432 compliant (European regulations).