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Green Products & Services

There are various definitions of “green” products used today, often depending on the supplier’s definition, and with varying “shades of green”. Purchasing Services uses the following criteria to define a “green” product.

  • Easily reused (either whole or through disassembly)

  • Made using natural and/or renewable resources

  • Contains recycled content (post-consumer and/or post-industrial)

  • Readily recycled (preferably in a closed-loop recycling system)

  • Biodegradable

  • Does not contain highly toxic compounds, and their production does not result in highly toxic by-products

  • Does not contain chlorofluorocarbons, hydro chlorofluorocarbons or other ozone depleting substances Promote good indoor air quality (typically through reduced emissions of volatile organic compounds and/or formaldehyde)

  • Energy efficient

  • Durable with low maintenance requirements

  • Low "embodied energy" (energy required to produce/transport material)