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.
Purchase 30 Percent Recycled Paper!
Save trees at no extra cost. The County's contract with Staples provides a competitive price for 30 percent recycled paper compared to virgin paper (paper with no recycled content). So the next time you are purchasing paper for the office, order 30 percent post-consumer waste recycled content — a more sustainable choice.
Buy Green Office Supplies
The County's contract with Staples makes it easy to identify green products and make better choices for the office and the planet. When using Staples' eway site, select products with the tree icon. With other vendors, look for products with environmental attributes such as environmentally-friendly material (e.g., post-consumer recycled content), credible third-party certifications (e.g., Forest Stewardship Council, ENERGY STAR, Green Seal®), and eco-designed elements (e.g., solar-powered calculators, PVC-free binders).
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 from Onestop. They offer green, refurbished cartridges that work well, reduce waste, and save money — 30 to 60 percent less than Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) cartridges made by the company that makes your printer. Onestop will collect the spent cartridges for recycling directly from your office.
Buy ENERGY STAR and EPEAT
Green labels for the environment? Yes! When it comes time to buy new appliances or computers for the office, 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 LED Task Lights
For desk or task lighting, choose high-performance LED lights. While they might seem pricier at first glance, they have a longer life and use much less energy than traditional bulbs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. LED technology produces light in a whole new way, surpassing the quality and efficiency of existing lighting technologies, such as fluorescent and incandescent. Herman Miller LED lights can be purchased from the Tri-County Office.
Buy Green Cleaning Products
Protect your health and the health of your coworkers by choosing non-toxic, green cleaning supplies. If you hire an outside cleaning service, request that they use environmentally friendly products.
Use the Surplus Property Virtual Warehouse
In order to maximize the internal reuse of County assets, GSA Procurement has implemented a
Surplus Property Virtual Warehouse that allows authorized County of Ventura and Ventura County Superintendent
of Schools employees to view and select surplus items via the intranet.
To further increase reuse and recycling efforts, if the item is not claimed for internal use after 14 days, it is made available to the general public, including County employees not directly involved with surplus operations or having privileged knowledge about an item.