Recent polling shows that 71% of Americans would prefer to purchase a bioproduct rather than a petroleum or chemical based product if the cost is equivalent. Nearly 60% would purchase bioproducts over petroleum-based products if they knew (via labeling) it was made with natural plant or forest materials.
Green products are all the rage today. However, very few bioproducts available for retail sale are well-known to Americans. One of the goals of the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and soybean checkoff is to make known the expanding universe of soy-made and other bioproducts, and to make it easier for consumers to purchase them.
Simply put, bioproducts are products made with agriculturally-derived sources like soybeans, corn, plant oils, wheat, etc. Some examples of soy bioproducts available for purchase today are listed on this site.
One of the most exciting new bioproducts that will soon enter the market is soy toner for printers and copiers (pictured above). Visit www.air-toner.com for more information.
BioPreferred Labeling Program
The United States Department of Agriculture oversees the Federal BioPreferred labeling program, which requires federal agencies to purchase bioproducts when those products are as available and comparable in cost and quality as non-bioproducts. Now, state governments are beginning to adopt similar programs. Markets for bioproducts are being opened by these policies.
Finding Bioproducts to Purchase - SoyInside.org
OSC has created a consumer friendly, interactive website that allows visitors to easily find bioproducts that can be incorporated into their homes and offices.
Visit www.soyinside.org today!
Additionally, the United Soybean Board (USB) produces an annual catalog of soybean-derived bioproducts. The USB Soy Products Guide lists furniture, paint, stain, lubricants, home and office cleaners, fuel conditioners, lip balm, hand sanitizer, soap, office chairs, carpeting - the list is nearly endless! Visit www.soynewuses.org.
You can also access nearly 4,000 bioproducts and recycled products on the Federal BioPreferred Labeling program website at www.biopreferred.gov.