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UNCG recognizes the many choices in procuring materials and services for your work. To help you think through your choices we have provided questions for buyers to consider, facts about green purchasing myths,  examples of product certification labeling and additional resources from the local, state, and national level.

Consider these questions:

  • Can it be recycled?
  • Does it save water?
  • Does it save energy?
  • Is it available in bulk?
  • How far with it be shipped?
  • What maintainence is required?
  • Does it contain recycled content?
  • Is it durable and will it last a long time?
  • Are raw materials being extracted to make it?
  • Are their equivalent options with less packaging?

Green Purchasing Myths:

  • Myth – Greener products always cost more money. 
  • Truth – In many cases, going green can actually save money!
  • Myth – Greener products are not high quality. 
  • Truth – Today’s greener options are nothing like those of the past.
  • Myth – Your small changes cannot make a difference. 
  • Truth – Little things add up if we “Do something bigger altogether.”

Look for these labels:

      3arrows       FSCGreen Seal

WaterSense    usa       Cradle2Cradle

   Rainforest Alliance           ftc     USDA Organic

 Energy Star         GreenGuard   Buy Local


SpartanSwap – UNCG

Green Products List – Staples

NC Project Green – NC DENR

Green Products List – Office Depot

Select Cart Information – Office Depot

Green Food Products Database – EWG

WaterSense Labeled Products – US EPA

Green Cleaning Products Database – EWG

Green Cosmetic Products Database – EWG

ENERGY STAR Certified Products – US EPA

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing – US EPA

Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines – US EPA

Environmentally Preferable Procurement – NC DENR

The Seven Sins of Greenwashing – Underwriters Laboratories

Contracts Containing Recycled Content – NC Purchase & Contracts