Tellus Products LLC announced that all its sustainable plant fiber tableware products are now certified by BPI, confirming that the products contain no added PFAS.

The certification means all Tellus plant fiber products meet the rigorous third-party standards set by BPI, the leading third-party verifier of ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards for compostable products in North America, Tellus stated.

“We believe in our mission to supply a portfolio of products that are made in the USA, better for the planet and safer for consumers,” said Asem Mokaddem, president of Tellus. “We are thrilled that all our plant fiber products now carry the trusted BPI seal, which confirms the compostability of our products and the absence of any added PFAS.”

To achieve the certification, Tellus’ products were rigorously tested at a BPI-approved lab to scientifically verify that the products would compost in industrial facilities accepting compostable products in less than 90 days. Once the products composted, the quality of the compost was further tested to pass standards for heavy metals, fluorine, cobalt, ash, volatile organic compounds and more.

Importantly, the BPI certification also verifies Tellus products, which are molded from sugarcane and other plant fiber, are made with no added PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances). PFAS, known as “forever chemicals,” are a group of man-made chemicals used to make many everyday products, including food packaging, cookware, and cleaning products. Many countries, states and municipalities have regulated or banned products with added PFAS, as studies have shown that exposure to PFAS may be linked to harmful health effects in humans and animals, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.