Introduction To Each Biodegradation Certification Logo

The ecological problems caused by the improper disposal of waste plastics have become increasingly prominent, and have become a hot topic of global concern. Compared with ordinary plastics, the biggest feature of biodegradable plastics is that they can be rapidly degraded into environmentally harmless water and carbon dioxide under natural environmental conditions or composting conditions, and can be used as disposable plastic replacement materials for non-recyclable and pollution-prone products, which is of great significance to improving the ecological environment and improving the quality of life.

At present, many products on the market are printed or labeled with “degradable”, “biodegradable”, and today we will take you to understand the labeling and certification of biodegradable plastics.

Industrial Composting

1.Japan BioPlastics Association

Former Biodegradable Plastics Society, Japan (BPS) has changed the name to Japan BioPlastics Association (JBPA) on 15th of June 2007. Japan BioPlastics Association (JBPA) was established in 1989 Japan as the name of Biodegradable Plastics Society, Japan (BPS). Since then, with more than 200 membership companies, JBPA has been making many efforts to promote the recognition and the business development of “Biodegradable Plastics” and “Biomass-based Plastics” in Japan. JBPA keeps close cooperation basis with US (BPI), EU (European Bioplastics) , China (BMG) and Korea and continues the discussion with them about various technical items, such as the Analytical method to evaluate the biodegradability, the products specification, the recognition and labelling system etc. We think the close communication within Asian area is most important especially connected with the rapid development activity in these areas.


2.Biodegradable Product Institute

BPI is the leading authority on compostable products and packaging in North America. All products certified by BPI meet ASTM standards for compostability, are subject to eligibility criteria around the connection to food scraps and yard trimmings, meet limits for total fluorine (PFAS), and must display the BPI Certification Mark. BPI’s certification program operates in conjunction with education and advocacy efforts designed to help keep food scraps and other organics out of landfills. 

BPI is organized as a member-based nonprofit association, is governed by a Board of Directors, and is operated by a dedicated staff working in home-offices across the United States.


3.Deutsches Institut für Normung

DIN is the standardisation authority recognized by the German Federal Government and represents Germany in non-governmental regional and international standards bodies that develop and publish German standards and other standardisation results and promote their application. The standards developed by DIN cover almost every field such as construction engineering, mining, metallurgy, chemical industry, electrical engineering, safety technology, environmental protection, health, fire protection, transportation, housekeeping and so on. By the end of 1998, 25,000 standards had been developed and issued, with about 1,500 standards developed each year. More than 80% of them have been adopted by European countries.

DIN joined the International Organization for Standardization in 1951. The German Electrotechnical Commission (DKE), formed jointly by DIN and the German Institute of Electrical Engineers (VDE), represents Germany in the International Electrotechnical Commission. DIN is also the European Committee for Standardization and the European Electrical Standard.


4.European Bioplastics

The Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN) and the European Bioplastics (EUBP)have launched a certification scheme for biodegradable materials, commonly known as the Seedling logo certification. The certification is based on EN 13432 and ASTM D6400 standards for materials such as raw materials, additives and intermediates by means of evaluation registration, and products by way of certification. Materials and products that have been registered and certified can receive certification marks.

5.The Australasian Bioplastics Association

The ABA is dedicated to promoting plastics that are compostable and based on renewable resources.

The ABA administers a voluntary verification scheme, for companies or individuals wishing to have their claims of compliance with the Australian Standard 4736-2006, biodegradable plastics – “Biodegradable plastics suitable for composting and other microbial treatment” (Australian Standard AS 4736-2006) verified.

The ABA has launched its verification scheme for companies wishing to verify compliance with the Home Composting Australian Standard, AS 5810-2010, “Biodegradable plastics suitable for home composting” (Australian Standard AS 5810-2010).

The Association acts as a communication focal point for media, government, environmental organisations and the public, on issues relating to bioplastics.

6.China National Light Industry Council
CNLIC is a national and comprehensive industry organization with service and certain management functions voluntarily formed by national and regional associations and societies of light industry, enterprises and institutions with important influence, scientific research institutes and colleges and universities after the reform of China’s industrial management system.

The OK Compost INDUSTRIAL is suitable for biodegradable products used in industrial environments such as large composting sites. The label requires products to decompose at least 90 percent within 12 weeks under industrial composting conditions.

It should be noted that although the OK Compost HOME and OK Compost INDUSTRIAL marks both indicate that the product is biodegradable, their scope of application and standard requirements are different, so the product should choose a mark that meets the actual use scenario and needs for certification. In addition, it is worth mentioning that these two marks are only the certification of the biodegradable performance of the product itself, and do not represent the emission of pollutants or other environmental performance of the product, so it is also necessary to consider the overall environmental impact of the product and reasonable treatment.


 Home Composting


The OK Compost HOME is suitable for biodegradable products used in the domestic environment, such as disposable cutlery, garbage bags, etc. The label requires products to decompose at least 90 percent within six months under home composting conditions.

2.The Australasian Bioplastics Association

If plastic is labelled Home Compostable, then it can go in a home compost bin.

Products, bags and packaging that conform to the Home Composting Australian Standard AS 5810-2010 and are verified by the Australiasian Bioplastics Association can be endorsed with the ABA Home Composting logo.Australian Standard AS 5810-2010 covers companies and individuals wishing to verify their claims of conformance to Biodegradable Plastics suitable for home composting.

The Home Composting logo ensures that these products and materials are easily recognised and food waste or organic waste contained in these certified products can be easily separated out and diverted from landfill.