Third-party green certification programmes are playing an increasingly important role in influencing purchasing decisions across industries
OK bio-based certification breakdown
Biobased products that meet specific requirements are eligible for OK biobased certification through organizations such as TÜV Austria. This certification provides an independent guarantee of the renewability of the product’s materials. The certification process involves collecting information about the product, analyzing the product’s biobased and total carbon content, and evaluating the test results. The analysis and evaluation portion of the process usually takes four to six weeks, and the certification is valid for five years.
FAQ: OK biobased certification process
OK compostable certification breakdown
TÜV Austria offers OK compost certification and labeling. Products or packaging with the OK compost INDUSTRIAL label are guaranteed to biodegrade in an industrial compost facility. OK compost INDUSTRIAL products will not break down in landfills.
The OK compost HOME label requires that products meet specific technical requirements to guarantee its materials will biodegrade in a home garden compost. Any material used in home compostable packaging, including the adhesives and printing ink, will decompose into soil.
FAQ: OK compostable
OK biodegradable certification breakdown
During biodegradation, microorganisms break down materials by consuming and converting the matter. The specific type of microorganisms involved in biodegradation is related to the environment’s temperature, moisture, pH and other factors. TÜV Austria has developed certification and labeling that indicates the environments in which a product will biodegrade. These environments include marine, soil and water.