Indiana-based EcoVantage LLC recently earned the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Bio-based product label for its EcoPrem line of products. This certification verifies that the firm's EcoPrem products are composed of 100 percent renewable, Bio-based ingredients, an amount that exceeds the prescribed USDA standard. Bio-based products are goods composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry or marine materials, making them better for the environment.
"The EcoPrem line of thermally-modified, domestically-sourced wood products is a superior solution to pressure-treated lumber or composite materials, which are either toxic to the environment and its people, or lack the beauty of real wood and end up as plastic waste in a landfill," said EcoVantage President Allen Holman.
EcoVantage's thermally-modified wood is created using the firm's patented EcoPrem process. This is an advanced, proprietary method of combining heat and steam to turn wood into a greatly-improved outdoor construction material. EcoPrem wood is resistant to rot because of its lower moisture content and lack of sugars and resins and comes with a 30-year warranty, although accelerated testing in Finland which stopped at 53 years still showed no rotting present. The thermally-modified wood is also dimensionally stable, resisting cupping, twisting, warping and insects.
The EcoPrem line of thermally-modified lumber products includes:
-- EcoDeck: outdoor decking and railing systems
-- RyteScape: fencing, pergolas and arbors
-- EternaClad: natural wood siding, shutters, ceilings
-- StayTru: structural lumber for deck underpinnings, docks and piers
EcoVantage USDA Certification
All Bio-based amount claims are verified by independent labs and monitored by the USDA. Consumers can confirm that a product is Bio-based by looking for USDA Certified Bio-based Product labels which in the case of EcoVantage products are labeled 100 percent bio-based.
About EcoVantage LLC: EcoVantage LLC is located near St. Joe, Indiana, where it uses an advanced, method of combining heat and steam to turn wood into a new and improved outdoor construction material called EcoPrem. The firm starts with No. 1-grade southern yellow pine that is modified through EcoVantage's patented process to become a dimensionally stable product -- one that resists warping, cupping and twisting. Thermally-modified wood is guaranteed against rotting for 30 years. For more information on EcoVantage and its thermally-modified wood products, visit www.ecovantagewood.com or call 260-337-0338. Or for product specifications www.sweets.com
About the USDA Bio-Preferreda" Program: The USDA Bio-Preferreda" program was created by the 2002 Farm Bill and expanded by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill). The purpose of this program is to increase the purchase and use of bio-based products. The US Department of Agriculture manages the program. Products that meet the USDA Bio-Preferreda" program requirements carry a distinctive label for easier identification by the consumer and government contractors. To learn more about the USDA Bio-Preferreda" program and the Certified Bio-based product label, visit www.biopreferred.gov .
SOURCE: EcoVantage LLC
EcoVantage LLC Kate Gigli, V.P. Sales & Marketing, 260-337-0338, Ext. 226 email@example.com http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ecovantages-thermally-modified-lumber-earns-usda-certified-bio-based-product-label-2011-09-28