Fact sheets on sustainable procurement in high volume, high impact products

Sustainable Purchasing Fact Sheets


Ecology Center and Safer States’ Sustainable Purchasing Fact Sheets highlight sustainable purchasing options for high volume, high impact products. They are designed to help cities, counties, and states create safer communities through the purchase of more environmentally and socially conscious products.

Firefighting Foam
General Purpose Cleaning Products
Doors, Drywall, and Paint
Food Serviceware
General Building Products
Interior Furnishings, Carpeting, and Flooring
Plastic Packaging
Single-use Plastic
Artificial Turf
Insulation and Sealants


Additional Sustainable Purchasing Resources
Purchasing for Health and Resilience

This modular powerpoint presentation was created to help sustainability and purchasing staff make the case for sustainable purchasing to decision-makers (such as mayors, councils, and administrators). The presentation provides critical information about sustainable purchasing and allows users to pick and choose which arguments are most salient for their audience or most relevant to their program.

Model Sustainable Purchasing Policy

This model sustainable purchasing policy was adopted by the City of Lansing in 2023 and is available for other municipalities to use, or it can be tailored to fit specific needs. 

How Sustainable Purchasing Saves Money

This fact sheet details how sustainable purchasing can be cost-neutral or cost-saving while providing equal or better performance. 

Resource Guide to Less Toxic Product Purchasing

This guide provides a collection of model criteria, specifications, and other resources that can assist in the development or implementation of a sustainable purchasing program. 

Resource Guide to Third-party Certifications and Eco-labels

This resource presents a collection of third-party certifications and eco-labels that can guide sustainable purchasing and avoid greenwashing. 

PFAS-free Purchasing

This fact sheet details third-party certifications and purchasing criteria, specifications, guidance, and policies that restrict the use of PFAS.