The opportunities available The general theory of sustainability asserts alignment to environmental issues brings with it accompanying benefits in terms of cost savings, reduced impact on the environment, enhanced image of the business and the potential to attract environmentally sensitive customers. Earlier notes have, in part, addressed these points to an extent but more needs to be said. Purchasing Buying materials, resources etc regarded as environmentally friendly is a good starting point for the planning of sustainable activities. It can be difficult to determine exactly what items are ‘green’ and what are not. Certainly some suppliers (of equipment using water and energy) provide information about appliances and use a rating system to assist in making an appropriate purchase in terms of energy consumption. For information go to and click on ‘Products’ and ‘Resources’. Another useful website to consider energy ratings of appliances is 30
. eCO-Buy ECO-Buy is a not-for-profit organisation endorsed by the Government ‘… as a leading green purchasing organisation in Australia’. It is available at . Take the time to watch the ‘ECO-Buy video’. The site advises becoming a member of ECO-Buy will: • Help you reduce your environmental impacts • Deliver organisational efficiencies and increased cost savings • Give you the tools and know=how to successfully embed green purchasing in your organisation • Help you source green products • Demonstrate to stakeholders your commitment to sustainability Product categories available through this organisation include: • Cleaning and maintenance • Electrical equipment • Furniture and fixtures • Gas energy rated • Green Power • IT and office equipment • Lighting • Office products • Packaging and containers • Paper 31
• Waste management • Water saving Green purchasing ResourceSmart at minimisation_2342.html urges businesses to consider all their purchases from a different perspective: “Key considerations when green purchasing include whether the product you’re buying contains recycled content, whether there are energy and water savings, as well as how efficiently the materials were used to make the product. You can also find out whether the manufacturers have product stewardship or waste reduction programs. The first step in green purchasing is to ask, ‘Do we need to purchase this item or is there an alternative?’ which is the crux of reducing how much waste you produce. Buying a product made from recycled content is a key consideration for a number of reasons. For recycling to truly be effective, there needs to be strong markets for collected recyclable materials. That is, the collectors need to be able to sell recyclables to manufacturers otherwise recycling is not a viable business.
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