The acquisition of goods and services on the best possible terms, has historically been based on two criteria, price and quality, with the view to maximizing benefits for the Purchasing organization. Sustainable or “green” purchasing broadens this framework to ensure that quality criteria include minimal adverse environmental and health impacts. In making a sustainable purchasing decision, the entire Life

Cycle costs (financial, environmental and social) of the product will be taken into consideration. The Life Cycle takes into account extraction, production, manufacturing, distribution, operation, maintenance and disposal. Many “green” products are competitively priced with their conventional counterparts, are of comparable quality, and have one or more of the following attributes:
  • High Content from Post-Consumer Recycled Materials
  • Low Embodied Energy (consumed to extract, manufacture, distribute and dispose)
  • Recyclable
  • Non-toxic
  • Energy Efficient
  • Durable and/or Repairable
  • Produced in an Environmentally and Socially-Sustainable Manner