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Info sheet - Green Procurement

Info sheet - Green Procurement

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Published by Green Living Centre
Sustainable Business Program

Sustainable Procurement
What is sustainable procurement?
• A sustainable product is a good or service that minimises its impact on the environment at each phase of its life cycle. Purchasing decisions should consider environmental impacts associated with the purchase of: • Building materials, insulation, lighting and paint. • Furnishings such as furniture, flooring, doors. • Fixtures and fittings such as toilets, urinals, taps and showers. • Business equipment and a
Sustainable Business Program

Sustainable Procurement
What is sustainable procurement?
• A sustainable product is a good or service that minimises its impact on the environment at each phase of its life cycle. Purchasing decisions should consider environmental impacts associated with the purchase of: • Building materials, insulation, lighting and paint. • Furnishings such as furniture, flooring, doors. • Fixtures and fittings such as toilets, urinals, taps and showers. • Business equipment and a

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What is sustainable procurement?
A sustainable product is a
good or service thatminimises its impact on the environment at eachphase of its life cycle.
Purchasing decisions should consider 
environmentalimpacts
associated with the purchase of:
Building materials
, insulation, lighting andpaint.
Furnishings such as furniture
, flooring, doors.
Fixtures and fittings
such as toilets, urinals, tapsand showers.
Business equipment and appliances
such as air conditioner, fridge, washing machine,dishwasher.
Business stationary and materials
includingpaper, glues and correction fluid, toner andprinter cartridges.
Catering equipment
such as plates, cups,crockery.
Food and beverages
such as teas and coffee.
Cleaning
products such as detergents and air fresheners.
Packaging
, such as shopping bags or foodcontainers.
Any activities or services carried out by
contractors
such as maintenance andcleaning.
Benefits for your business
Sustainable products represent value for money in realdollar terms when life-cycle costs are considered, suchas:
Reducing running costs
through using less energyand water and producing less waste
Reducing waste disposal costs
through generatingless waste during operation
Buying more
durable longer lasting equipment thatrequires less maintenance delays the purchase ofexpensive new equipment
(maintenance andreplacement costs)
Products with the capacity to be
upgraded, reused,resold or recycled
at the end-of-life reducesreplacement and disposal costs.
Buying products that are
natural and safer to use,
e.g. less toxic chemicals reduces OHS costs andimproves productivity
Improved
public reputation
 
Improved
staff moral
 
How does it work?
 
Purchasing is about
choice
- buying products andservices which best fit the purpose for which they areintended.
Environmentally aware purchasing goes further byconsidering the environmental impacts associatedwith a product throughout its
life cycle
.
Life Cycle
The life cycle of aproduct is the
series ofstages
every productgoes through. Thesestages includematerial extractionand processing,manufacturing, packaging and distribution, productuse, recycling and final disposal of the product.
At all stages in the life cycle, the environment can beaffected. All environmental impacts of a givenproduct can be traced back to the
resources
that gointo the product (energy, raw materials, water andland) and the
waste
generated (emissions to air,water and land) at each stage in the life cycle.
Examples of sustainable products
Items made from
recycled materials
:
Writing paper (100% recycled content ideally)
Stationary such as envelopes etc.
Recycled/ remanufactured toner cartridges
Toilet paper 
Plastic furniture
Timber products
Items that have a good
environmental performance
:
Energy saving light bulbs (compactfluorescents)
Biodeisel for cars
Hybrid cars
Appliances with high
energy rating
(high number ofstars):
Fridges and freezers
Dryers
TV’s and DVD’s
Other electrical items
Appliances with a high
water rating
(WELS highnumber of stars):
Washing machines or dishwashers
Showerheads
Toilets and urinals
Items that are
easier to dispose
of at the end of their lifetime.
Sustainable Business Program
Sustainable Procurement

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