Sustainable Purchasing Guide

Below are standard sustainability certifications for commonly purchased items.

Category Standard Comments
Paper Look for 100% recycled or tree free paper
Electronics EPEAT “Gold” or better
Toner EcoLogo  
Lab Supplies Purchased with consideration to toxins and waste minimization, durability, recyclability and reusability
Office Furniture* GreenGuard Gold or BIFMA Level

*Note: all furniture purchases must be submitted to and completed by ODC. 

Prior to purchasing a new item, consider reduce and reuse. For example,

  • Can you reduce the amount of products purchased?
  • Can you purchase this item used?
  • Does this product avoid the use of single-use packaging?
  • Can you lease or share this equipment instead?