GLRPPR Sector Resource: Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for Buying Greener Products
Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for Buying Greener Products
Sustainable purchasing is an effort to buy greener, healthier, and more sustainable products from greener, more sustainable companies. It is based on the simple concept that every single purchase has hidden human health, environmental, and social impacts and that it is possible to reduce adverse impacts by buying better products.
The hidden impacts occur throughout a product's supply chain: from the point raw materials are scraped out of or harvested from the earth, to the preparation of the raw materials, the manufacturing processes, the packaging, use and ultimate disposal of the product, including all of the transportation requirements throughout the lifecycle. The cumulative total of the impacts defines the product's sustainability footprint.
Sustainable purchasing means buying products with improved sustainability footprints that also meet price, performance and quality requirements.
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