Food service and packaging producers knew that in order to get customers to dispose of their products correctly, they needed to have easily identifiable items. Hence, the uniquely identifable BrownLine products were produced at the request of the food service industry. The brown markings on all food service wares and packaging let people know that these products are truly compostable.
The manufacturers approached Cedar Grove Composting in Everett, WA to field test their items. Cedar Grove was already testing compostable bags. They have now developed a system to test, approve and license any producers product. Any North American manufacturer can submit their BPI or BNQ certified compostable products for testing, approval and licensing by the Cedar Grove in-vessel testing facility. The products go through a complete testing process and only recieve the Cedar Grove certification when they have proved they can compost in modern short term commercial composting systems. At Cedar Grove that means breaking down in their facility in two months.
Once their products are certified, the company will be able to carry the brown line markings on their products. In a busy commercial facility the value of having products that can easily be identified can save a company time and money. It will also ensure that the final product is a clean and compostable one.
It is so much easier to have your customers and employees simply toss their used food trays or plates into the compostable bin. What was once a confused decision becomes a split-second, automatic toss into the correct bin.
Of course, the end result is also less materials entering the waste stream and landfills. A result that saves time, money and Mother Earth.