Buy Recycled Product Directory
New York State Empire State Development's Buy Recycled Product Directory provides information on manufacturers making recycled content products in New York State.
California's Buy Recycled Program
California Integrated Waste Management Board's website includes a description of California's Buy Recycled Program including a database of recycled-content products , which provides information about numerous products with recycled content and their manufacturers. Also, their RecycleStore showcases innovative recycled-content products produced in Recycling Market Development Zones .
Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
USEPA's Resources Conservation section offers Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines provide a list of the products with recycled content that have been designated for government purchase, along with recommended practices for buying these products. Agencies using federal funds are required to purchase designated products with the highest recovered-material content level practicable.
Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
The International Sustainable Development Foundation implements the Green Electronics Council (GEC) which aspires to encourage sustainable design of electronic equipment. GEC's Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a procurement tool that can help encourage purchasers to compare desktop computers, notebooks, and monitors based on their environmental attributes. The criteria is based on eight environmental performance categories, with products labeled bronze, silver, or gold dependent on the amount of criteria the product meets.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Corporate Partnerships
Check out the reports of Corporate Partnerships, a project of Environmental Defense Fund, to learn about preferred packaging practices and buying recycled-content paperboard and recycled coated sheet paper.
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) site includes advice on establishing environmental criteria and examples of model programs. The Minnesota Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide is an easy-to-use reference tool for 30 "green" products, including less-toxic cleaners, refurbished furniture, and water-saving bathroom fixtures, as well as sample specifications and contract language.
Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Program
Massachusetts's Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Program includes state contracts for environmental products, reports on state agency pilot projects with various recycled products, and describes Massachusetts' efforts to increase the purchase of environmentally preferable products.
Environmental Products and Services Guide
The United States General Services Administration (GSA) website contains the Environmental Products and Services Guide to help you choose more environmentally preferable alternative products.
Environmentally Preferable Products in the Federal Logistics Information System
The Sustainability Technical Library , an official U.S. Navy program, hosts Environmentally Preferable Products in the Federal Logistics Information System, a report that lists over 1500 products in the Federal Catalog System.
Government Purchasing Project
The Center for Study of Responsive Law, a not-for-profit research and educational organization, heads the Government Purchasing Project. The project is dedicated to protecting the environment and human health by encouraging the government to use its purchasing power to promote safe, cost-effective, energy-efficient, and environmentally sound products. Their publications include a book entitled Forty Ways to Make Government Purchasing Green, and information on reducing wood and paper use.
Green Purchasing Guide
National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) publishes guides for procurement officials as well as vendors and also sponsors a Green Purchasing Guide.
Green Seal is a nonprofit organization that promotes the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services.
Growing a Buy Recycled Purchasing Program: A Manager's Guide
Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GETF) produced the publication Growing a Buy Recycled Purchasing Program: A Manager's Guide as part of their Green Biz Toolbox .
Guide to Environmentally Preferable Computer Purchasing
Visit the Northwest Product Stewardship Council website to access the Guide to Environmentally Preferable Computer Purchasing to learn more about environmentally preferable products and additional resources for model criteria and contracts.
Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims 260.7(e) Recycled content
The Federal Trade Comission's guidance about the use of environmental marketing claims.
Institutional Purchasing Program
The Center for a New American Dream's Institutional Purchasing Program helps state and local governments and other large purchasers incorporate environmental considerations into purchasing decisions.
Local Government Energy-Efficient Product Procurement Program (GEEP-NY)
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers information on energy-efficient and environmentally preferable products through their Energy$mart program, and their Local Government Energy-Efficient Product Procurement Program (GEEP-NY).
OIKOS Green Product Information
Links to vendors.
National Green Pages
Co-Op America is a nationional not-for-profit consumer organization promoting environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic stability. Look to their National Green Pages to find and support companies that promote only responsibly-produced wood and paper products .
NYC's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program
New York City Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS) manages NYC's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program. Purchasing standards and rules are available, including standards for both goods and construction products.
Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE)
OFEE provides information on the latest federal government efforts to implement recycled-content and environmentally preferable purchasing among federal agencies.
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
PPRC and their P2 News bulletin detail the process and competitive advantage to businesses buying green. Also see their Green Procurement topic hub with pertinent online resources.
Procurement and Environmental Purchasing
Resources from Washington State's King County Solid Waste Division's Procurement and Environmental Purchasing program include a policy statement, bids, and contract specifications for recycled and waste preventing products, as well as descriptions of staff experiences in using these products.
Purchasing Practices That Encourage Regulatory Compliance And Pollution Prevention
Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN) is a forum and clearinghouse of environmental information for local government, including tools and resources such as Purchasing Practices That Encourage Regulatory Compliance And Pollution Prevention.
Reusable Transport Packaging Directory
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Reusable Transport Packaging Directory provides a searchable list of suppliers of reusable packaging for businesses across the United States, as well as helpful information on transport packaging including case studies and links.
Recycled Products Guide (RPG)
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection created the Recycled Products Guide (RPG) which offers an easy-to-access list of recycled products, including building materials, office supplies, and promotional items, and an alphabetical list of product manufacturers.
Recycled Products Cooperative
This Coop offers businesses and government entities quality recycled office products at prices that meet or beat the cost of virgin products.
Recycler's World, Inc
Find used and recycled furniture through links on this company's world-wide trading site.
Recycling Data Management Corporation
Recycling Data Management Corporation offers a subscription to The Official Recycled Products Guide, listing more than 650 manufacturers and distributors that market more than 4,000 recycled products in 700 categories.
Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB)
TRIB is a worldwide industry association promoting the economic and environmental benefits of retreading and repairing tires. The website includes a Retread Tire Buyers Guide with a directory of suppliers.
USEPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program
Learn about USEPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program. The site offers guidance, descriptions of pilot projects, success stories, and access to the latest program updates, including a searchable EPP Contracts and Standards Database. It also features Hand-On Tools for purchasing tips, strategies, and success stories - and the multimedia EPP training tool. The Agency's National Risk Management Research Laboratory also provides resources and promotes the use of life cycle assessment to make more informed purchasing decisions.
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