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Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

TAKE-OUT SERVICE: Containers, Cutlery, Dishware

EPA recommends the following private sector standards/ecolabels be used when purchasing take-out service (containers, cutlery, and dishware). All federal ecolabel program(s) and statutory requirement(s) that apply to this product category are also listed below. If you are a U.S. federal government employee who would like free access to one of the private sector standards or ecolabels recommended by EPA, please email the EPP Program (

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Recommended Private Sector Standard/Ecolabel

Agencies can use:

Biodegradable Products Institute certified compostable (provided composting available)2

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Federal Ecolabel Program

Agencies can use:

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BioPreferred® Program – USDA Certified Biobased

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Statutory Requirement

Products shall meet this statutory requirement:

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BioPreferred® Program – Federal Purchasing

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Inclusion in the Recommendations is not an endorsement by EPA of the standards/ecolabels or of any of the products conformant to these standards/ecolabels, but rather a statement that the standard/ecolabel meets either EPA’s Guidelines or is recommended for use by another Federal agency.