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BUYING GREEN (Source: Earth911)

How you spend money can often be connected to your priorities, values and goals. Just like making purchases when your business first started in order to keep it going, each purchase you make has quite an impact.

No purchase is too small, or insignificant. Once you get the hang of it, practicing green purchasing becomes second nature.

Green purchasing can include:

How to Practice Green Purchasing

Green Purchasing is easy, and involves much more than the actual purchase of a product. It is a set of ideas that go into the purchase, which may include:

  • Considering the environmental impact of each product before you buy it
  • Renting infrequently used equipment
  • Purchasing Environmentally Preferable Products
  • Purchasing longer product warranties
  • Purchasing items that have little or no packaging or toxicity
  • Purchasing from cooperatives
  • Purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified products

There are no black and white distinctions with Green Purchasing, but instead many shades of gray that help improve and protect our environment.

Here are a few additional resources to find Green products and services for your business:

One of the simplest ways to promote green purchasing is to look for products made from recycled content. These products incorporate recycled materials during manufacturing instead of entirely raw materials.

Products made with recycled content are usually marked with a recycling symbol, as well as the percentage of their recycled content makeup. It may read: "This product is made from 30 percent recycled paper."

Here are some examples of products that can be made of recycled content:

  • Books
  • Clothing/textiles
  • Computers & other electronics
  • Computer paper & file folders
  • Construction materials (carpet, lumber, tile, etc.)
  • Cooking Oil
  • Ink/toner cartridges
  • Paint
  • Plastic bags
  • Telephone books
  • Various metals (aluminum, brass, copper)

Green Pricing

Some power companies provide an optional service, called green pricing, which allows customers to pay a small premium in exchange for electricity generated from clean, renewable ("green") energy sources. The premium covers the increased costs incurred by the power provider (i.e., electric utility) when adding renewable energy to its power generation mix.