|Buying and using environmentally preferable products
(EPPs) has become an integral part of public procurement
in recent years because it has become clear that
this practice benefits the environment, improves
efficiency and, often saves money.
Green Purchasing, also known as environmentally preferable
purchasing (EPP), is the coordinated purchasing of
goods and services to minimize impacts on human health
and the natural environment. Alternatives exist for
almost every product used that are less hazardous,
save energy and water, and reduce waste. A simple
first step is to purchase products made from recycled
content that are themselves recyclable.
EPP may consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing,
packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance
or disposal of the product or service.
|Executive Order 76 (EO
76) Issued January 2006
Directs State Agencies to purchase environmentally
preferable cleaning products that minimize potential
impacts to human health and the environment, can use
up existing inventories, encourages non-state agencies
to do the same. Most importantly, green purchasing
attempts to identify and reduce the environmental
impact of an organization’s activities and maximize
|WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BUY GREEN?
• It is important to keep in mind that the purchasing
decisions we make affect our local environment and
the health of our citizens and workers as well as
the global community.
• Green purchasing
can also help departments gain competitive advantage
when applying for grant and other funding opportunities.
• Many times are less expensive than
their conventional counterparts that serve the same
purpose. For example, remanufactured toner cartridges
cost on average 30-60% less than those produced by
original equipment manufacturers, retread tires can
save as much as 50% off the cost of a new tire;
• Other EPPs are equal in cost (e.g.
carpet, cleaning products, janitorial paper products,
energy efficient lighting) and offer the added value
of reduced toxic use and waste reduction through the
use of recycled materials.
|STATE CONTRACTS WITH GREEN PRODUCTS/SERVICES:
|GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS:
Green cleaning uses bio-based ingredients instead
of petroleum-based ingredients whenever possible to
reduce the health hazards associated with the toxins
in standard cleaning products.
| RECYCLED PRODUCTS:
|Buying recycled content products is a simple way
to make progress toward implementing a comprehensive
Green Purchasing Program. Select environmentally preferable
recycled products for municipal operations. Communicate
the municipality’s desire for recycled products
to existing vendors and seek out new suppliers if
|RFP SPECIFICATION LANGUAGE:
Green Cleaning Chemical (link will
Link to Specification Adobe PDF (25 kb)