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Elon Sustainability January Theme: Sustainable Purchasing

Elon Sustainability’s January theme is Sustainable Purchasing. We encourage you to make a few changes this month to be more environmentally conscious when shopping. Also, please take some time to read up on Elon’s sustainable purchasing initiatives: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/bft/sustainability/ci-purchasing.xhtml

January Sustainable Purchasing Tips:

- Always use a reusable shopping bag!

- Purchase paper that contains recycled content. Paper products made with recycled content save trees, water and energy

- Purchase Energy Star rated products. They use less energy and in-turn save you money on your utility bill

- Purchase products with environmental certifications -

  • Biodegradable Products Institute: labels the biodegradable plastic products that can safely break down in commercial composting facilities
  • ENERGY STAR: labels energy-efficient products such as light fixtures, appliances and office equipment
  •  Forest Stewardship Council: labels paper and lumber products that have been made with sustainably harvested wood
  • Greenguard: labels products that do not affect indoor air quality such as paint, furniture and cleaning products
  • Green Seal: labels cleaners and paints that meet set standards
  • Fair Trade USA: labels products that have been manufactured under fair and safe working conditions, such as coffee, tea, chocolate and rice
  • US Department of Agriculture Organic: labels food products that meet federal set standards for pesticide and fertilizer use and approved methods of growing, harvesting and production
Kristi Jacobsen,
Student
1/2/2012 12:10 PM