SAPPHIRE GREEN EARTH ADDS PRODUCTS TO USDA BIOPREFERRED CATALOG
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Find these earth-friendly products among more than 1480 biobased products listed
San Diego, February 22, 2012 — Sapphire Green Earth, LLC. is pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred program, a Federal purchasing program for biobased products, has added additional cleaning and personal care products to its online product catalog. With its searchable and user-friendly database, anyone can use the online catalog to find biobased products that meet BioPreferred program requirements.
Sharisa Henry, co-founder and Managing Partner of Sapphire Green Earth says, “We are honored to be a part of this historical initiative which is creating numerous jobs, decreasing dependence on petroleum-based products, and helping promote an environmentally conscious way of life. She continues, “Sapphire Green Earth, LLC is dedicated to providing cutting edge, biobased, green products as a healthy and safe alternative.”
BioPreferred is a Federal program that seeks to increase the purchase and use of biobased goods — products made from biological or renewable materials.
“Initially, the catalog was created to help Federal procurement officers identify biobased products that qualify for preferred purchasing,” said Ron Buckhalt, BioPreferred’s program manager. “But the BioPreferred online catalog is accessible to anyone who wants to search for biobased products. We are gratified so many find the catalog a useful tool.”
BioPreferred’s online product catalog is searchable by product category (i.e. construction and road maintenance, housewares and cleaning products, etc) and further by subcategory, manufacturer name or product name. Today, more than 1480 biobased products manufactured by more than 320 companies are in the online catalog, with new products continually being added.
Sapphire Green Earth, LLC is listed in several of the catalog’s product categories, including Cafeteria and Food Services, Housewares and Cleaning, Industrial Supplies, Safety Products, Personal Care and Toiletries, and Animal Care. Items in these sections have a wide range of uses from industrial, office and household cleaning, to everyday personal care and pet care.
BioPreferred estimates more than 19,000 biobased products are commercially available, and manufactured by more than 2,540 businesses, both large and small— including many in rural communities. The 2002 Farm Bill, then reauthorized by the 2008 Farm Bill, requires all Federal agencies to give procurement preference to BioPreferred designated items, helping biobased manufacturers gain a portion of the estimated $500 billion Federal agencies annually spend on products and services. Additional product development support for biobased manufacturers and Federal environmental purchasing mandates came in October 2009 with Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. This Administration directive requires Federal agencies to purchase various “green” items (including BioPreferred products) in 95 percent of all applicable contracts.
Search the complete BioPreferred product catalog at www.biopreferred.gov/Catalog.aspx
About Sapphire Green Earth, LLC.
Sapphire Green Earth is a one-stop shop for natural and non-toxic goods for your home and family. We are an independent supplier that offers ONLY non-toxic, all natural, organic and eco-friendly everyday items. Our products range from personal care goods and household cleaners to pet care products. Sapphire Green Earth is dedicated to creating a convenient and inexpensive way to switch to a natural, environmentally respectful way-of-life. To learn more please visit www.sapphiregreenearth.com. Contact us directly by emailing email@example.com or by calling 1-800-268-8285.
San Diego, CA
About Biobased Products
As defined by Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA), “biobased products” are products determined by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to be commercial or industrial goods (other than food or feed) composed in whole or in significant part of biological products, forestry materials or renewable domestic agricultural materials, including plant, animal or marine materials.
BioPreferred 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) to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture manages the program. BioPreferred includes a preferred procurement program for Federal agencies and contractors, and a voluntary labeling program for the broad scale consumer marketing of biobased products.
A complete list and detailed description of each BioPreferred designated item, and items for future designation, can be found at www.biopreferred.gov or follow BioPreferred at http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.
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