Whether you are buying for your home, office or business, greener purchases can save you money, help the environment, and reduce carbon emissions. Knowing what constitutes a green product can get confusing, but a few simple guidelines can help.
Pick products made from recycled materials. Look for more energy-efficient computers and other electronic devices with a credible third-party certification such as ENERGY STAR®. Below are some resources that will make it easier for you to purchase more sustainable products.
Green Your Paper Products
Are you still purchasing virgin paper (paper with no recycled content) for the home office, kitchen, and bathroom? Phase out the use of virgin paper and buy a minimum standard of 30 percent post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled content for paper products - if you can, stretch and purchase only 100 percent recycled content. Choosing recycled paper has a multitude of environmental benefits, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions and an increase in protection of biodiversity and native forests.
Switch to Green Cleaning Products
Regular cleaning products can be full of chemicals that are harmful to your health, the health your family, and even your pets. These chemicals can also contaminate ecosystems. Consider switching to natural cleaning products, which are good for the planet and good for your health.
Buy ENERGY STAR® and EPEAT®
Green labels for the environment? Yes! When it comes time to buy new appliances or computers for the home, buy a device with the ENERGY STAR or EPEAT label. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program
designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. EPEAT is a comprehensive environmental rating
that helps identify greener computers and other electronic equipment.
Buying these green labels is an easy way to reduce energy use.
Buy Remanufactured Toner Cartridges
Save substantial amounts of money, keep toner cartridges out of our landfills, and reduce your environmental impact by purchasing remanufactured toner cartridges. Refurbished cartridges work well, reduce waste, and save money-30 to 60 percent less than Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) cartridges (the ones made by the company that makes your printer). Many vendors will provide an envelope so you can return the spent cartridges for recycling.