Plastics Certifications

Standard test method for determining aerobic biodegradation of plastic materials under controlled composting conditions.

Standard test method for determining anaerobic biodegradation of plastic materials under high-solids anaerobic-digestion conditions.

Standard test method for determining aerobic biodegradation of plastic materials in soil.

Tests compostability of plastic films and bags in an industrial compost facility.

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

BPI is North America’s leading certifier of compostable products and packaging. Their certification program ensures that products and packaging displaying the BPI logo have been independently tested and verified according to scientifically based standards. – ASTM D6400 or D6868 standards.

Several certifications are offered for bio based products. Certifications relate to amount of biobased product is in an item.

This standard requires the compostable plastics to disintegrate after 12 weeks and completely biodegrade after six months.


A private organization established with the aim of promoting the dissemination of bioplastics (general term for biodegradable plastics and biomass plastics), to help realize the benefits of a recycling-based society, and establishing a test and evaluation system.

Specifies procedures and requirements for the identification and labelling of plastics, and products made from plastics, that are suitable for recovery through aerobic composting.

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

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

A comprehensive guarantee about the origin of your products that determines the percentage of renewable raw materials (% Bio-based carbon) contains. Your product can be certified as one-star-bio-based, two-star-bio-based, three-star-bio-based or four-star-bio-based.

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

This label guarantees biodegradation in a natural fresh water environment. Note that this does not automatically guarantee biodegradation in marine waters.

This label guarantees that packaging and products are biodegradable & compostable in an industrial composting plant. It applies to all components including inks and additives. Products with the OK compost label comply with the requirements of the EU Packaging Directive.

This label guarantees complete biodegradability in home composting.

An EU regulation adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. REACH promotes alternative methods to reduce animal testing. It applies to all chemical substances used in industrial process and daily lives. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals. 

Also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, RoHS originated in the European Union and restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products (known as EEE)

This program aims to assist in the development and expansion of markets for biobased products.