Marking a milestone in our mission toward sustainable living, SaltyLama’s Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent Strips have been awarded the Certified Biobased Product Label by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In its analysis, the USDA considered our detergent’s percentage of biobased content. With our biodegradable packaging now able to display a unique USDA label, SaltyLama joins an elite group of companies who have been recognized for their commitment to human and environmental health.
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.
“We applaud SaltyLama 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, SaltyLama joins an expanding list of businesses combating inaccurate marketing claims and the practice of greenwashing, while also contributing to a thriving bioeconomy that decreases our reliance on petroleum.”
Our ultra-concentrated sheets of plant-based detergent dissolve in water to remove dirt, stains, and unwanted odors from fabrics — without the potentially cancer-causing chemicals found in traditional laundry detergents.
“The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label confirms the role our product and company will play in the movement toward sustainable living by offering consumers a clean, safe alternative to conventional detergents without compromising convenience or effectiveness,” said SaltyLama, Inc. CEO Stephen Binkley.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response to our laundry strips thus far, and we are thrilled this will introduce even more consumers to this revolutionary way of protecting their health as well as the wellbeing of the environment.”
Binkley noted how SaltyLama’s vegan and cruelty-free formula, ideal for people with sensitive skin, protects human health from potentially cancer-causing agents. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently limited the amount of 1,4-Dioxane that can be present in products sold in New York. The probable human carcinogen is found in many brand-name detergents.
“At a time when people are more aware than ever of the harmful chemicals they are exposed to, SaltyLama Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent Strips present consumers with an exciting choice.”
Biobased products are key to overcoming the world’s hunger for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals. As is the case with our laundry detergent strips, biobased products are available, affordable, and perform as well as their traditional counterparts.
Among the ways biobased products help protect the planet:
- They displace 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.
- They create and expand markets.
- Biobased products represent eco-friendly technological advances and innovations.
- They are generally safer for people and the environment than their petroleum-based counterparts.
- They support jobs. In the latest Economic Impact Report released by USDA, the biobased products industry supported 4.6 million American jobs, contributed $470 billion to the US economy, and generated 2.79 jobs in other sectors of the economy for every biobased job.
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.
Since it was founded in 2022, SaltyLama has sought to bring positive change with powerful, eco-friendly consumer products that are safe for both people and the planet. Every ethically-made SaltyLama product has been reviewed to meet the company’s unyielding commitment to high-performance quality.
As well, with a flexible subscription model, SaltyLama makes sustainability simple and attainable. Complete with lightweight packaging for a plastic-free future, SaltyLama Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent Strips are improving the lives of consumers around the world, including in the U.S., U.K., and throughout the European Union.