Buying Green Goods

The page features a list of goods that are either inherently green, or have a reliable environmental standard, certification or specification associated with them.

View the item and you’ll find some or all of the following:

  • Description of primary relevant environmental consideration(s)
  • An environmental or sustainable certification or standard, and/or specification (copy and paste into your Invitation to Quote (learn about an ITQ in the Purchasing Handbook)
  • Recycling / disposal information

This database is always growing – please check back.

If you can’t find it here, and you want to survey the market and find out what’s out there - use this questionnaire as a starting point.  Please let us know what you find out, and help build our database.

These environmental specifications do not take price premiums or availability into consideration – they do not imply that the products are readily available throughout the Province of B.C., nor that certified products are equal in price to those that are not.
In addition the specifications only address environmental considerations which do not supersede performance or other business requirements.

Tip:  If you do not know whether greener options exist that meet all other requirements (performance, cost, availability), or if you want to know what (if any) price premium there might be, then ask for one quote without the environmental criteria, and an alternative quote that meets all specifications including the environmental criteria.

 

Adhesives

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PURCHASERS

Government’s computer software is purchased and managed centrally.  Software is purchased by license, and is electronically delivered.  For more information please visit Shared Services BC Technology Services webpage.

OTHER PURCHASERS

Environmental Considerations

  • Packaging

Greener Options

  • Purchase by license and have software electronically delivered;
  • Purchase bulk licenses on single disk.

Related keywords – glue, epoxy

Environmental Considerations

  • Reduction of toxics and/or ozone depleting substances

Specifications / Environmental Certifications or Standards

Adhesives must be:

  • EcoLogo certified; or
  • Greenguard certified; or
  • Green Seal certified; and/or
  • Lowest volatile organic content (VOC) emissions available in adhesive type; and
  • Urea Formaldehyde free.

 

Appliances

Related keywords – refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven, clothes washer, clothes dryer, furnace

Environmental Considerations

  • Energy conservation

Specifications / Environmental Certifications or Standards

Appliances must be:

 

Asphalt

Related keywords – pavement, road surface

Environmental Considerations

  • Energy conservation.

Specifications / Environmental Certifications or Standards

Asphalt stockpiles must be tarped prior to production to reduce moisture content.

 

Batteries

Environmental Considerations

  • Diversion of toxics from landfill.

Specifications / Environmental Certifications or Standards

None known

Greener Options

  • Purchase rechargeable over disposable batteries to reduce waste.

Disposal Information

 

Batteries - rechargeable

Environmental Considerations

  • Diversion of toxics from landfill.

Specifications / Environmental Certifications or Standards

  • Rechargeable batteries must be EcoLogo certified.

Disposal Information

 

Books

Environmental Considerations

  • Forest stewardship
  • Recycled/recyclable materials
  • Diversion from landfill

Specifications / Environmental Certifications or Standards

  • Books must be printed on EcoLogo, FSC, SFI or CSA Z809 forest stewardship certified paper and cover stock, preferably post consumer recycled stock.
  • Printing inks must be vegetable based and/or low VOC.
  • Binding glues must be water based.

Disposal Information

  • Donate good condition books to second hand stores.
  • Recycle soft cover books in your blue recycling bin.
  • Hard cover books have dense covers which can make them difficult to recycle. Some recycling depots accept them for recycling - to find out if a facility in your area accepts hard cover books, visit the Recycling Depot of BC’s on-line Recyclepedia. If recycling options for hard cover books do not exist, the covers can be removed and the inner pages recycled as mixed waste paper.  (Recycling Depot of BC)

 

Cleaning Supplies

Related keywords – Cleaning supplies, Paper Towel, Toilet Tissue, Liquid Soap, Napkins, Garbage Bags

Environmental Considerations

  • Toxins
  • Packaging

Shop at Product Distribution Centre first for EcoLogo certified biodegradable cleaning products. If you can’t find it there, use the Corporate Supply Arrangement for Cleaning Equipment and Supplies, and ask for EcoLogo or Green Seal certified products.

If you have to shop outside of Supply Services with your Purchasing Card, ask for EcoLogo or Green Seal cleaning products, and look for the following packaging attributes:

  • Bulk packaging;
  • Soft plastic (LDPE) packaging over hard (HDPE); and/or
  • Packaging with post consumer recycled content.

Specifications / Environmental Certifications or Standards

Cleaning products must be:

Packaging must:

  • Be soft plastic (LDPE); or
  • Contain post consumer recycled content.

 

Computer Hardware

Related keywords – desktops, monitors, personal computers, lap tops, tablets

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PURCHASERS

  • Completed in 2009, Upgrade 2 replaced workstations across government with Energy Star models.  New laptops and tablets are EPEAT Silver certified.
  • Government’s computer hardware is purchased and managed centrally.  For more information please visit the Shared Services BC Technology Services webpage.

OTHER PURCHASERS

Environmental Considerations

  • Reduction of toxics and/or ozone depleting substances
  • Energy conservation
  • Recycled / recyclable materials
  • Packaging

Specifications / Environmental Certifications or Standards

Desktops, laptops and monitors must be:

Packaging must be:

  • Retrieved and reused or recycled by the supplier; or
  • Made of >50% post consumer recycled content; and
  • Readily recyclable in BC.

 

Computer Software

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PURCHASERS

  • Government’s computer software is purchased and managed centrally.  Software is purchased by license, and is electronically delivered.  For more information please visit the Shared Services BC Technology Services webpage.

OTHER PURCHASERS

Environmental Considerations

  • Packaging

Greener Options

  • Purchase by license and have software electronically delivered;
  • Purchase bulk licenses on single disk.

 

Furniture (systems furniture, seating, case goods, filing)

Related keywords – case goods, chairs, desks, bookshelves, filing cabinets, panels

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PURCHASERS

Furniture sold through the CSAs will be:

  • GreenGuard or SCS Indoor Air Advantage certified; and
  • Independently third-party certified as compliant with the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard at level® 1, or
  • Certified C2C Silver.

In the event there are not more than two Offerors with level® 1 or C2C Silver certification on a required type of product, the requirement for certification on the affected product type(s) may be waived.

OTHER PURCHASERS

Environmental Considerations

  • Reduction of toxics and/or ozone depleting substances
  • Energy conservation
  • Recycled / recyclable materials
  • Packaging
  • Diversion of toxics from landfill

Specifications / Environmental Certifications or Standards

Where available in product type, systems furniture, case goods and seating must be:

 

Multifunction Devices

Related keywords – facsimile machine, fax, photocopier, printer, scanner

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PURCHASERS

Core government organizations are required to obtain secure MFD services through Shared Services BC.

BC PUBLIC SECTOR PURCHASERS

Use the Corporate Supply Arrangement for multifunction devices.

Environmental Considerations

  • Energy and paper consumption
  • Hazardous Substances

Specifications / Environmental Certifications or Standards

Multifunction device must be EcoLogo certified and Energy Star qualified.

 

Small Engines

Related keywords – ATVs, all terrain vehicles, snowmobiles

Environmental Considerations

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