Our efforts to create a better world is something we take seriously. The following third-party organizations verify these certifications of our products and business.
Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)
The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) is a not-for-profit association that reviews and certifies compostable products that meet ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868 conditions for compostability. The BPI certification program applies science-based testing to prove a material will compost in a municipal or commercial facility and leave no toxic or lingering plastic residues in the soil. Below are the categories of items that are BPI certified. For a complete list of World Centric product certifications, see BPI's website or our Brandfolder link.
PLA cold cups, soufflé cups, clamshells, delis and take-out containers
TPLA cutlery and ZeroWare
Food scraps, kitchen and yard waste bags
Paper and NoTree cups, bowls, containers and paper straws
Lids for hot cups and bowls
Fiber cups, bowls, lids, clamshells and containers with no added PFAS
USDA BioPreferred Program (Biobased Labeling)
USDA Biobased Product labels indicate that a product has been independently certified to meet USDA BioPreferred program standards for biobased content. Biobased products are composed either partly or entirely of renewable plant materials. Click here for World Centric's USDA certifications. To learn more about the USDA BioPreferred Program, please visit their website. Please find a listing of our USDA Biobased materials below.
Compostable Paper/PLA (Hot Cups and Bowls): 100% Biobased
Compostable PLA (Clamshells, Deli Containers, Cold Cups, Straws): 99% Biobased
CMA is a third-party organization that utilizes a nationwide partnership of compost manufacturing facilities to provide field disintegration testing for food service products. To learn more about CMA, please visit their website.
To accomplish higher food waste diversion and minimize contamination in urban feed stocks, CMA and its affiliated members offer a program of technical review and field testing of compostable products to determine their feasibility as a feed stock when shipped to fully permitted industrial composting facilities.
FSC® certification is a market-based tool that supports responsible forest management worldwide. FSC certified forest products are verified from the forest of origin through the supply chain. The FSC label ensures that the forest products used are from responsibly harvested and verified sources. Please find a listing of our FSC-certified paper products below. Click here to view our certification.
FSC® Paper Hot Cups and Bowls
FSC® Bamboo Paper Cups
FSC® Paper Straws and Tray Sleeves
TÜV AUSTRIA OK Compost HOME Certification
World Centric® compostable bags are certified by TÜV AUSTRIA as suitable for home composting. The "OK Compost HOME" label guarantees biodegradation in your backyard or garden compost heap.
World Centric maintains the following sustainable business certifications and memberships as well as allocating 25% of our profits to global grassroots organizations focused on alleviating poverty and combating climate change. Learn more about our giving program here.
B Corporations (or B Corps) are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Currently over 2,100 companies across 50 countries and 130 industries are Certified B Corps. B Corporations are unlike traditional businesses because they:
Meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards
1% for the Planet is a global network of businesses that donate 1% of annual sales directly to approved environmental and sustainability nonprofit organizations. Over 1200 member companies in 48 countries give back to this big blue planet through over 3600 nonprofit partners. To date, the network has given away over $100 million to nonprofit organizations.
We actually give away more than this – 25% of our profits. The value of membership is for the nonprofits that we support. Every organization we donate to in the field of environmental sustainability is eligible to become a member of 1% for the Planet and connect with other member companies looking for wonderful organizations to support. Find our profile here.
California Green Business Network
The California Green Business Network leads the state and nation in working with small to medium sized businesses to create a vibrant green economy. Led by a coalition of cities and counties, they contribute by helping to make our communities healthier and more livable while also conserving resources and saving money. Find our profile here.
National Minority Supplier Development Council
The National Minority Supplier Development Council is the global leader in advancing business opportunities for Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in the corporate supply chain. For World Centric's certification, click here. Learn more at nmsdc.org.
Green America Certified Business
Green America harnesses economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. For World Centric's certification, click here. Learn more about Green America at greenamerica.org.
Reports & Test Results
Click here for a list of third-party reports and test results including Fair Labor Audits, Food Safety Audits, and Product Testing. To request a specific report, use our contact page.