Green purchasing

EPEAT Accepting Applications for Purchaser Awards

Via the SEI Blog.

Does your organization use EPEAT to source environmentally preferable electronics? If so, consider applying for the first annual EPEAT Purchaser Awards, which recognize the efforts of those driving environmental improvements through environmentally preferable electronics purchasing. Applications are being accepted through April 6 for the 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Awards. All organizations that purchase EPEAT-registered products are eligible. Learn more and apply today at http://www.epeat.net/epeat-purchaser-awards/.

“Sustainability Leader” Badges On Walmart Products Don’t Mean Items Are Good For Environment

Read the full post at Consumerist.

If you see a product tagged with a “sustainability leaders” badge on the Walmart website, you might think this is an indication that this item is more environmentally friendly than others. And you might be correct; but you might also be mistaken. Because the truth is that this badge has virtually nothing to do with the product being advertised.

In a piece for Grist.org, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance Stacy Mitchell cites the example of this 150′ roll of bubble wrap that is tagged with the sustainability badge.

Given the availability of more sustainable and eco-friendly packaging options, it seems odd that this particular product, which doesn’t appear to be substantially different from other bubble wraps, would be singled out for this label.

But the key to that answer lies in the full wording of the badge: “made by Sustainability Leaders.” (That’s not a typo. The actual design of the badge has “made by” in lower case.) It’s not about the product, but about the company that makes the product.

This Spring, Look for the Safer Choice Label

Read the full post at EPA Connect.

Today, we’re unveiling a new Safer Choice label, which will make it easier to find household cleaners and other home products that are safer, more environmentally friendly—and still get the job done. If you missed the video where I shared the new label, check it out here:

The name says it all: Safer Choice products are safer for you, your kids, your pets and the environment. Our scientists employ a stringent set of human health and environmental safety standards when reviewing products for the Safer Choice program, so a product with the label is backed by EPA science. Consumers know it’s a credible stamp they can trust.

How Walmart’s green label aims to drive supplier ‘race to the top’

Read the full post in GreenBiz.

What do Tide laundry detergent, a poster covered in adorable puppies wearing headphones and a baseball hat emblazoned with the cast of Duck Dynasty have in common?

One, they’re all sold at Walmart. Two, the grab bag of products are all made by Walmart suppliers included in an initial batch of 150 companies that earned the right to be included in a new “sustainability leader” section of the mega-retailer’s growing e-commerce operation. Those suppliers range from consumer products giants like Procter & Gamble and Unilever to smaller businesses like California-based Musco Family Olive Co.

The new online badging program, announced on Tuesday at a company Milestone Meeting held just south of San Francisco, is an outgrowth of the company’s efforts to index supply chain sustainability standards across product categories. About 1,300 suppliers participated in Walmart supplier sustainability surveys last year, and about 12 percent of those companies have received the new sustainability leaders designation, Walmart Director of Product Sustainability Robert Kaplan told GreenBiz.

Simplifying Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has completed its Simplifying Environmentally Preferable Purchasing project, which was funded by the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. As part of the project, NERC developed Model Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Specifications and Purchasing Guidelines for paper, toner cartridges, and office supplies. NERC also created fact sheets on each of the EPP Model documents, and a press release about the newly developed resources. In addition, NERC presented a webinar on the importance of EPP and the EPP model documents.

Model EPP Specifications and Purchasing Guidelines

Fact Sheets on Model EPP Specifications and Purchasing Guidelines

Simplifying EPP Webinar, July 24, 2014

Press Releases

List of Other EPP Specs

CVS Health and WBA race to Rx for safer chemicals

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Environmental health advocates and investors have been prodding CVS Health and Walgreens Boots Alliance to adopt comprehensive safer chemicals policies for products to reduce customers’ exposures to worrisome chemicals.

Both companies’ products comply with federal safety standards. But because federal regulations badly lag growing scientific understanding of chemicals’ toxic impacts, CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and other merchants are increasingly being called upon to serve as “retail regulators.” Growing numbers are implementing tougher standards than those established by government regulations.

Webinar: How Companies and Procurement Standards Can Protect Forests

February 10, 2015, noon-1 pm CST
Register at http://info.greenbiz.com/2-10-2015-SFIWebcast.html

Global concern over the health of forest ecosystems has grown in recent years. With good reason: Forests are critical to the health of our environment and our economy. For example, 53 percent of U.S. drinking water originates from forestland, and these same forests offset 12 percent of U.S. CO2 emissions. Yet forests face serious challenges from development, intergenerational land transfer and irresponsible forestry practices at a time when global demand is ever-increasing.

Forest certification standards emerged in the 1990s to provide the market with confidence that forest products come from responsibly managed forests. Today, demand for certified forest products outstrips supply, according to a 2012 report co-authored by the United Nations Environment Programme.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative launched a new set of standards in January 2015 which represents the interests of land managers, government agencies, industry, tribes, academics and researchers working together for the future of forests.

Many corporations are taking a stand on the future of our forests and are making direct investments in forests as part of their corporate strategies.

In this free one-hour webcast, you’ll learn:

  • Why forests matter as a solution to clean water, clean air, biodiversity, climate change and sustainable communities and more.
  • How responsible procurement of forest products can make a difference.
  • How forest certifications are a proof point of responsible forestry in a much larger conversation around the future of forests.
  • What a large multinational corporation is doing to invest in that future through philanthropy, paper procurement decisions and policies, forest carbon investments and more.