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NextGen Cup Challenge


Please use this research to help you get started! We will include additional resources as we progress through the Challenge. 

1.) Western Michigan University: Repulpable and Recycling Certification:

2.) Europe PTS testing for recyclability:

3.) Biodegradable Products Institute: 

4.) TUV Austria (EU biodegradability):

5.) Japan BioPlastics Association: 

6.) US EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for Paper and Paper Products:

7.) US EPA Sustainable Materials Management basics:

8.) Association of Plastics Recyclers: Guide for plastics recyclability

9.) ASTM D6866: Standard Test Methods for Determining Biobased Content

10.) Food Safety Magazine, U.S. and EU Requirements for Recycled Food Contact Materials:

11.) European bioplastics standards:

12.) Foodservice Packaging Institute standards and tests:

13.) Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance: Can provide verification of "sustainably sourced natural products" ( and (

14.) Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Principles and Criteria:

15.) Recycled Content Certification, also available in Mandarin:

16.) ISO 14021: Environmental labels and declarations:

17.) U.S. FDA, Guidance for Industry: Use of Recycled Plastics in Food Packaging (Chemistry Considerations): 

18.) U.S. FDA, Submissions on Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics for Food-Contact Articles:

19.) U.S. FDA: Guidance for Industry: Preparation of Premarket Submissions for Food Contact Substances:

20.) USA FDA Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substance: ( and (

21.) Food Safety Magazine, U.S. and EU Requirements for Recycled Food Contact Materials: