Clarksburg, West Virginia. March 8, 2023 - STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA, Inc. announces that it has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Label for Stobielast® S 1057, Stobielast® S 154 BIO and Stobiblend Z 1960.
Stobielast® S 1057 is a solvent-free, moisture-curing, one-component #polyurethane binder that is designed to produce safety #surfaces and shock pads for pitches where excellent strength and flexibility are required. The #binder is mixed with specified #aggregate using an appropriate mixer to achieve a uniform blend. It provides long working time, excellent combination of strength and flexibility, low #viscosity for ease of mixing and is based on #renewable materials that significantly reduce reliance on fossil-fuel based materials. Stobielast® S 1057 meets/exceeds minimum USDA certified biobased content of 32%.
Stobielast® S 154 BIO is a solvent-free, self-leveling, two-component #polyurethane #coating that is designed to produce spike-proof #synthetic sports surfaces. This material is mixed on-site with an appropriate mixer to create a soft and durable surface that is spike resistant, self-leveling for ease of application and available in multiple colors. Stobielast® S 154 BIO meets/exceeds minimum USDA certified biobased content of 25%.
Stobiblend Z 1960 is a biobased #polyol used as a building block for one-component and two-component #polyurethane systems. It is used in the manufacture of high-quality polyurethane #polymers. Use of this material as a polymer building-block significantly reduces the reliance on fossil-fuel based raw materials. This product is based on biobased materials and its low functionality allows for extensive #versatility in PUR #formulations. Stobiblend Z 1960 contains 100% USDA certified biobased content.
The products can now display a unique USDA label that highlights its percentage of biobased content. Third-party verification for a product's biobased content is administered through the USDA BioPreferred® Program, which strives to increase the development, purchase, and use of biobased products.
Biobased products help address climate change by offering renewable alternatives to petroleum- based products; sequester carbon dioxide, lowering the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that contribute to climate change; create and expand markets; are generally safer for people and the environment than their petroleum-based counterparts; and represent incredible technological advances and innovations.
The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label displays a product's biobased content, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. Utilizing renewable biobased materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals. Biobased products are cost-comparative, readily available, and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts.
"As a commitment to our goal of minimizing environmental and social impacts through the utilization of sustainable chemistry and solutions, we are continually looking for ways to incorporate renewable materials while meeting or exceeding the demands of markets and applications,” stated Melissa Martinkat, Chief of Staff. “Our team of scientists are currently working on further expansions to our bio-based polyol chemistry to offer even further customization, so stay tuned! STOCKMEIER Urethanes takes great pride in its goal to mitigate the use of non-renewable materials. Finding sustainable alternatives is the smart solution!”
"We applaud STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA, Inc. for earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label," said Vernell Thompson, USDA BioPreferred Program. “The label is intended to help spur economic development, create new jobs, and provide new markets for farm commodities. But the label also makes it easier for consumers and federal buyers to locate biobased products and consider planet-friendlier options during purchase decisions. By having their products become USDA Certified Biobased, STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA, Inc. joins an expanding list of businesses combatting inaccurate marketing claims and the practice of greenwashing, while also contributing to a thriving bioeconomy that decreases our reliance on petroleum."
In the latest Economic Impact Report released by USDA, the biobased products industry supported 4.6 million American jobs; contributed $470 billion to the U.S. economy and generated 2.79 jobs in other sectors of the economy for every biobased job. Biobased products also have a substantial environmental impact, displacing about 9.4 million barrels of oil a year, with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 12.7 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year.
About the USDA BioPreferred Program:
With the goal of increasing the development, purchase, and use of biobased products, USDA’s BioPreferred® Program was first introduced in the 2002 Farm Bill and reauthorized in 2018. It requires federal agencies and contractors to give purchasing preference to biobased products. The USDA BioPreferred Program also includes a voluntary certification and labeling initiative for biobased products. This is referred to as the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label.
More than 1,800 companies across the U.S. and in 47 countries participate in the Program. From farm and field all the way through the manufacturing process, the expanding market for biobased products creates jobs, supports rural economic growth in America, and has a positive impact on our planet.
Have questions? Please contact: Vernell Thompson, USDA BioPreferred Program at Vernell.Thompson@usda.gov.