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Owens Corning Insulation Receives USDA BioPreferred Designation

October 7, 2011
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Owens Corning recently announced that its EcoTouch™ insulation is the first fiberglass insulation to be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a bio-based product. The certification is part of a new USDA Biobased labeling initiative to identify products with ingredients made from renewable plant materials.

The USDA Biobased labeling initiative is an element of the U.S. Farm Bill that focuses on increasing the purchase and use of bio-based products made from renewable agricultural materials. The purpose of the labeling initiative is to more clearly identify bio-based products for all buyers, and to promote the increased sale and use of bio-based products in the commercial market and for consumers. In order to be certified by the USDA, vendor products are required to undergo bio-based product testing by an accredited laboratory.

In addition to the USDA certification, EcoTouch insulation was recently certified by Scientific Certifications Systems (SCS) for new recycled content figures: total recycled content rose from 50 to 58% for faced batts and rolls, and to 65% for unfaced batts, rolls, MBI, and loosefill.

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