Businesses can help create markets for recycled products — and often save money — buy purchasing furniture, office supplies, and other materials that have at least some percentage of recycled content. For example, there are several high quality paper companies providing 100% post-consumer recycled-content paper at or very near the cost of typical office paper.
CalRecycle offers several programs within the state that feature environmentally preferred purchasing. Visit their Buy Recycled Program or Environmentally Preferable Purchasing page for more information on how your business can benefit.
The Recycled-Content Product Manufacturers database (RCPM) directory showcases innovative recycled-content products made by California manufacturers who use recycled waste as a feedstock. Whether you are a wholesale buyer, Procurement and Contracting Officer (PCO), or an individual consumer, use this listing to find recycled-content product manufacturers who make products, or intermediate products, designed with your needs — and the planet — in mind!
One source of products that fit the bill for recycled content is the RecycleStore Businesses in one of the state’s many recycling market development zones market and sell their products here. For example, you could purchase office furniture for your business that is constructed from recycled materials!
U.S. EPA maintains a extensive resources supporting environmentally preferable purchasing:
They also offer a Greener Products portal allowing user-specific greener product searches.
Green Seal is a nonprofit organization that provides environmental certification standards for a wide range of products and services; maintains lists of certified products; and publishes product guides.
McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) sets environmental standards and awards a “Cradle to Cradle” certification to products considered healthy for humans and the environment throughout their lifecycles, and products that are sources of high-quality materials for perpetual cycles of assembly, use, disassembly and recycling or composting.
Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN)
RPN is a member-based network of procurement stakeholders dedicated to improving human health and the environment through best practices, superior products, improved supply, purchasing tools, market education, and peer networking.
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is a third-party provider of certification, auditing and testing services, and standards on food safety and quality, environmental protection and social responsibility.