“Green purchasing” or “green procurement” is when people or organisations buy products and services that minimise negative environmental impacts over their life cycle of manufacturing, transportation, use and recycling or disposal.
Examples of environmentally preferable characteristics include products and services that:
- promote long-lasting, high quality, reusable products
- reduce the presence of toxic and hazardous materials in schools
- conserve energy and water
- minimise the generation of waste and release of pollutants
- are made from recycled materials and that can be reused or recycled (including biodegradable products)
- decrease greenhouse gas emissions
- improve environmental health
- take up less room in landfill.
Here are some resources to help your school become more environmentally friendly through the products it buys:
Audit – Our Green Purchasing Guide
Use this document to create a green purchasing guide for your school.
Green Purchasing Useful Guides and Websites
CERES has compiled a list of websites that can help your school with its buying power.
CERES Green Purchasing Guidelines
Further ideas on how to identify green purchasing options and write a policy.
Green Purchasing Sample Policy
A sample of one school’s green purchasing policy.
A fantastic online guide to products and how they rate.
Linking green purchasing to your curriculum helps to make it work for your school through understanding the impact of a product. Click on the links to visit some of the resources on the Sustainability Hub:
RMIT Life Cycle Resources (learning activities)
This is Your Life Cycle (video)
The Secret Life of Things (video)
The Story of Stuff Project (website)
Paper Towels vs Electric Handryers (article)