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Roper Thermals, LLC Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

Updated: Jun 17


Roper Thermals Earns Certified Biobased Product Label

Clinton, CT. March 27, 2024 — Roper Thermals, LLC announced today that it has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Label for C-16M Bio.


With 100% biobased content, the C-16M Bio is a high-purity straight-chain alkane or oil called Hexadecane and is currently used across a wide field of industries.  Valued for its distinct set of thermal properties, it is also a top choice for a phase-change material.


The C-16M Bio can now display a unique USDA label that highlights its percentage of biobased content. Third-party verification for a product's biobased content is administered through the USDA BioPreferred® Program, which strives to increase the development, purchase, and use of biobased products.


Biobased products help address climate change by offering renewable alternatives to petroleum-based products; sequester carbon dioxide, lowering the concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere that contribute to climate change; create and expand markets; are generally safer for people and the environment than their petroleum-based counterparts; and represent incredible technological advances and innovations.


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


“As a chemical manufacturer, we know the many ways in which chemistry connects the world.  Offering biobased renewable chemicals is one measure we are taking to not only reduce our company’s carbon footprint, but to minimize the chemical industry’s footprint as a whole.  We hope our customers will see this product and those we have in our pipeline as the responsible choice for the future of our planet", Adrienne Browning, Chief Executive Officer.


"We applaud Roper Thermals, LLC 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, Roper Thermals, LLC joins an expanding list of businesses combatting inaccurate marketing claims and the practice of greenwashing, while also contributing to a thriving bioeconomy that decreases our reliance on petroleum."

In the latest Economic Impact Report released by USDA, the biobased products industry supported 4.6 million American jobs; contributed $470 billion to the U.S. economy and generated 2.79 jobs in other sectors of the economy for every biobased job. Biobased products also have a substantial environmental impact, displacing 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.


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About Roper Thermals, LLC:

Roper Thermals is a certified woman-owned small business that specializes in manufacturing paraffin oils and waxes, the single best choice in phase change materials (PCMs).  For over 35 years, they have used innovative and proprietary chemistry, coupled with a commitment to excellence, to deliver chemicals of superior quality and performance.  The company was built on the tenets of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle and our team of forward-thinkers aims to drive sustainability across industries by continually developing chemicals for future technologies.


About the USDA BioPreferred Program:

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. From farm and field all the way through the manufacturing process, the expanding market for biobased products creates jobs, supports rural economic growth in America, and has a positive impact on our planet. Have questions? Please contact: Vernell Thompson, USDA BioPreferred Program at Vernell.Thompson@usda.gov.

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