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Solvent Systems International Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

Elk Grove Village, IL. (January 05, 2018) — Solvent Systems International (SSI) announced today that it has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label. Two products, SSI UltraSolve and SSI Vegetable Methyl Ester, are now able to display a unique USDA label that highlights their percentage of biobased content.

Third-party verification for a product's biobased content is administered through the USDA BioPreferred Program, an initiative created by the 2002 Farm Bill (and most recently expanded by the 2014 Farm Bill). One of the goals of the BioPreferred Program is to increase the development, purchase and use of biobased products.

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, through petroleum displacement, have played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate global climate change.

Biobased products are cost-comparative, readily available, and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts.

Steve Rundell, President of SSI says: "Having our products BioPreferred Biobased Certified shows our commitment to quality. To display a verified biobased percentage gives our customers the knowledge they require to be comfortable in using biobased chemical replacements. And the further innovations to biobased that SSI has made including zero VOC emission Methyl Ester adds to the quality of our products."

"We applaud Solvent Systems International for earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product label," said Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Program. "Products from Solvent Systems International are contributing to an ever expanding marketplace that adds value to renewable agriculture commodities, creates jobs in rural communities, and decreases our reliance on petroleum."

According to a report that USDA released in 2016, biobased products contributed $393 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014 and support, directly and indirectly, 4.2 million jobs. In this report, the research team estimate petroleum displacement of up to 6.8 million barrels in 2014.

The increased production of renewable chemicals and biobased products contributes to the development and expansion of the U.S. bioeconomy - where society looks to agriculture for sustainable sources of fuel, energy, chemicals, and products.

About Solvent Systems International:
Since 1983 Solvent Systems International has been helping industry to clean cleaner, to use resources more efficiently, and to implement the latest innovations in pollution prevention technology that SAVE money. SSI helps their customers improve their bottom line while improving the environment.


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SSI Methyl Ester & UltraSolve USDA Certified Labels

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About the USDA BioPreferred Program and Certified Biobased Product label
The BioPreferred Program is a USDA-led initiative that assists the development and expansion of markets for biobased products. The BioPreferred Program is transforming the marketplace for biobased products through two initiatives: mandatory purchasing requirements for Federal Agencies and Federal contractors and voluntary product certification and labeling.

Biobased products span a diverse range of applications, such as lubricants, cleaning products, chemicals and bioplastics. The USDA Certified Biobased Product label communicates a product's biobased content. Expressed as a percentage, biobased content is the ratio of non-fossil organic carbon (new organic carbon) to total organic carbon in a product. New organic carbon is derived from recently-created materials. The total organic carbon in a product consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon that originates from fossil carbon materials, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas. More than 3,000 products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label. To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product label please visit, and follow on Twitter at

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