Raven Lining Systems Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Certification, Label

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Raven Lining Systems USDA Biobased Label

The USDA Certified Biobased Product label was estimated to be on certified products and available for consumers beginning Feb. 1. This is an example of the label.

Raven Lining Systems has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its AquataFlex 505 and 506 products.

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AquataFlex 505 and AquataFlex 506 are designed to provide the maximum versatility for performance and application. Both products are USDA biobased certified hybrid novolac epoxy urethane coatings, 100 percent solids, with zero V.O.C.’s, and potable water is NSF/ANSI 61 certified as well. Each is designed for use in applications that require the increased chemical resistance of an epoxy and the cure speed and flexibility of a polyurethane. Both products deliver strong adhesion properties to properly prepared concrete, steel, aluminum, wood, composites and many other substrates.

The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the product or a product family’s amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA. Biobased products are finished or intermediate materials composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry or marine ingredients.

“Raven believes the USDA’s certification is a necessary stamp of approval to assist in assuring the public of Raven’s truly eco-conscious products and high standards,” says Tripp Ishmael, vice president product development.

All biobased amount claims are verified by independent labs and monitored by the USDA. Consumers may feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased amount and be empowered in making better informed purchasing decisions.

“We are proud that Raven Lining Systems has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label,” said Ron Buckhalt, USDA BioPreferred program manager. “Biobased products add value to renewable agriculture commodities, create jobs in rural communities and help our nation decrease its reliance on foreign-sourced and non-renewable petroleum.”

The goal of the BioPreferred program is to ‘increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The increased development, purchase and use of biobased products reduces our nation’s reliance on petroleum, increase the use of renewable agricultural resources and contributes to reducing adverse environmental and health impacts’.
“Raven is excited and honored to be one of the few companies in the coatings and linings industry to be awarded this certification. Raven’s goal is to continue developing innovative, eco-friendly products from renewable resources that align with the USDA’s standards,” says Rob Pawlak, president.

The USDA BioPreferred program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). The purpose is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The USDA manages the program. Products that meet the USDA BioPreferred program requirements carry a distinctive label for easier identification by the consumer. Follow this link to learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label.

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