Green purchasing

Disposable Utensils Going Green

Read the full post from the National Park Service Commercial Services GreenLine News blog.

Choosing the right disposable flatware for your food service operation might seem like a daunting task. With so many options out there featuring different price points and a variety of green attributes, how can you tell which is the best choice?

Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for Buying Greener Products

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

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.

4 ways to create a sustainable procurement process

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

The rise of multi-tier, flexible distribution processes has made it easy for enterprises to grow lax when it comes to exercising sustainable practices.

Keeping an eye on 1,000 suppliers or more certainly isn’t easy, but there are four ways organizations can develop a more efficient, eco-friendly procurement process.

5 steps to reduce the chemical footprint of plastic products

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

By switching the type of plastic used in its IV bags, Dignity Health care system kept 700,000 pounds of high-concern chemicals — the equivalent in weight of a Boeing 747 airplane — out of the environment, according to BizNGO’s new analysis of plastics, The Plastics Scorecard v.1.0.

What does the ‘Cocoa Plan’ label on chocolate mean?

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

There are two kinds of chocolate bars in the world (well, in the United States, at least): High-end, organic, sustainably-produced bars that may or not boast rain forest illustrations on the package (but almost always come with a hefty price tag) and the rest – the mainstream candy bars that whisper “buy me” at the checkout line. Basically, the choice for most consumers has been conscious chocolate or corporate chocolate.
But now there’s a new cocoa on the block that has elements of both. And believe it or not, it’s from Nestle and its innovative Cocoa Plan; the seal that you can now see on all Nestle Crunch bars and will be slowly rolled out on more Nestle products in the future.

WaterSense Announces Notice of Intent to Develop Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler Specification

Nationally, outdoor water use accounts for about 30 percent of average household water use. To help increase outdoor water efficiency, EPA has announced its intent to develop a WaterSense specification for landscape irrigation sprinklers.

This Notice of Intent will complement the specification for irrigation control technologies, as well as the work WaterSense is doing with irrigation professionals. Water-efficient irrigation sprinklers deliver water more evenly to the landscape than traditional sprinklers and also regulate pressure to help ensure a constant flow rate.

Developing a specification that allows sprinklers to earn the WaterSense label will help provide more water-efficient irrigation equipment options to consumers and irrigation professionals.

Interested parties are invited to provide written comments or suggestions on this Notice of Intent by June 30, 2014 to watersense-products@erg.com. For more information, visit: http://epa.gov/watersense/products/irrigation_sprinklers.html.