Why bio-based?

Why bio-based?

Many products are made from raw materials originating from oil (petroleum) and other fossil resources. Testfakta Bio-based is a new environmental certification scheme for products, designed to induce more consumers to opt for bio-based alternatives. This certification will help to reduce climate impact and, in the long term, bring about a fossil-free society.

Published: Nov, 15, 2018

Today, one major challenge to society is to reduce our dependence on fossil resources. They are used not only for transport and heating, but to produce a wide range of chemicals, plastics and other components of ordinary, everyday products.

Ecolabelling to promote bio-based production
Many of the goods currently produced from fossil-based materials can be replaced by bio-based options. Certification and labelling of bio-based products call attention to, and boost demand for, these products. At present, there is no means of certification that clearly shows consumers that a product is based on renewable raw materials.

Testfakta Bio-based is a voluntary environmental certification and labelling system for bio-based products, aimed at making it easier for consumers to choose goods made mainly from renewable raw materials. Testfakta Bio-based can thus help to boost demand for bio-based products and raise the proportions of renewable raw materials in existing goods. The labelling can also promote development of more bio-based alternatives.

What are bio-based products?
A bio-based product is wholly or partly made from biomass. Biomass includes natural plant material of terrestrial or aquatic origin, but also residual and waste products.

Bio-based illustration

Only products with a high proportion of biomass qualify for Testfakta Bio-based certification. The required size of the biomass proportion varies according to product group. A certified product can be 100% composed of renewable materials but, where the properties of bio-based chemicals are inadequate, a small proportion of fossil-based content is retained.

Testfakta Bio-based contributes to sustainable consumption
By choosing bio-based products, we reduce the use of fossil resources and thereby mitigate our impact on climate and the environment. In many cases, actual production of bio-based materials also has less environmental impact than that of fossil-based materials.

Opting for products with Testfakta Bio-based certification is therefore a step towards greater sustainability, provided that the bio-based raw material is grown and produced sustainably. Testfakta Bio-based therefore requires biomass production to take place in a sustainable manner and not adversely affect food supply.