Black Diamond Coatings- What are Biobased Products

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Black Diamond Coatings is proud to offer our contractors, retail partners and homeowners a quality and environmentally friendly line of sealers that is now also certified biobased but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). We know that the term “biobased” may be a new term for many, so this page gives a brief overview and the benefits to you.

What Are Biobased Products?

Biobased products are products created from the renewable resources of agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. These products provide consumers an alternative to conventional petroleum based products.

How does something become “certified biobased?”

USDA Certified Biobased Product

Managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the BioPreferred® Program was created by the 2002 Farm Bill and later reauthorized and expanded as part of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). According to the USDA’s website that details the Biopreferred Program, it was created to “spur economic development, create new jobs and provide new markets for farm commodities. The use of biobased products reduces our nation’s reliance on petroleum, increases the use of renewable agricultural resources, and contributes to reducing adverse environmental and health impacts.” The BioPreferred program classifies products into 97 diverse categories including sealants and coatings. All products are independently verified by the USDA’s strict processes to ensure that all manufacturer’s biobased content claims are valid.  Black Diamond Coatings’ sealer products passed the test!

What does this USDA label mean?

As a business with a biobased product that meets USDA criteria, Black Diamond Coatings applied for and received certification in November 2015. This certification allows us to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product label on the approved PRO TECH SERIES sealers.

These biobased products are the SG+™, LG+™ and NG+™ for concrete and masonry, the STONE+™ for natural stone surfaces and the WOOD+™ for wood surfaces. Each USDA-issued label is specific to the brand or product on which it is displayed and details the amount of biobased product used.

The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA. For wood and concrete sealers, the USDA requires a minimum 11 percent biobased ingredients. Black Diamond Coatings sealers have 50 percent. These levels are third-party certified and strictly monitored by USDA.

Black Diamond Coatings one of five companies in the wood and concrete sealer sub-category (under Sealants and Coatings) that have been USDA Certified Biobased. For more information on the label and what it tells you as a consumer, visit the USDA website. Black Diamond Coatings products also meet standards that qualify for Mandatory Federal Purchasing that direct all federal agencies to purchase biobased products in categories identified by the USDA.

The BioPreferred program provides the BioPreferred Catalog and training resources to assist in meeting biobased purchasing requirements. By using Black Diamond Coatings certified biobased sealer, contractors can now make themselves eligible for government building contracts that are required to have a minimum threshold of biobased products used. The government spent more than $400 billion dollars on such contracts in 2014.

Do biobased products work?

Black Diamond Coatings’ sealer formulas are still the same, but they are now eligible to supply governmental agencies and their contractors with mandatory biobased purchasing requirements.  So, the products that you know and love, produce superior results and are certified as 50% biobased content, which is derived from plant-based materials.  

Want to know more? Email us at info@blackdiamondcoatings.com or call us at 800-270-4050.

David Warren
David Warren

David Warren, company president, owned a very successful paver restoration company for ten years. During this time, his company sealed millions of square feet of pavers. It is this extensive knowledge of the sealer industry that is one of the key benefits that set Black Diamond Coatings apart from other sealer manufacturers. Black Diamond Coatings is truly a company “by contractors, for contractors.” Prior to Black Diamond Coatings, David was also a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, so Black Diamond Coatings is proudly veteran owned.


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