If you answered yes, you might find U.S. EPA’s Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services website helpful. They have information for consumers, manufacturers, and institutional purchasers. By looking for greener products when you shop, you will be joining millions of Americans in helping protect human health and the environment.
To help you buy greener, below are some links you might find helpful:
- Identify greener products and services. Categories such as cleaners, carpet, electronics, and more.
- Make sense of ecolabels and marketing claims. Ecolabels are marks placed on product packaging or in e-catalogs that can help consumers and institutional purchasers quickly and easily identify those products that meet specific environmental performance criteria and are therefore deemed environmentally preferable. Ecolabels can be owned or managed by government agencies, nonprofit environmental advocacy organizations, or private sector entities.
- Understand the benefits of buying green. These impacts may occur at one, or at many places throughout the product's life cycle: for example, extracting raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, retailing, and product use, repair or maintenance, and disposal.
If you are a business or manufacturer, you may find these links helpful: