Buy Green Products
Federal agency customers are required to buy environmentally sustainable products, such as energy efficient products and recycled content products, to the maximum extent practicable. The policy to purchase these products is outlined in Executive Order 13693 and Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 23.1. To determine which types of products have sustainable acquisition requirements, visit GSA's Green Procurement Compilation.
GSA helps customer agencies meet environmental requirements by offering federal agencies thousands of green products. There are two ways to buy green products from GSA:
GSA’s Global Supply™ is a one-stop source for requisition-based ordering, providing comprehensive, environmentally, compliant solutions. Agencies who order through GSA’s Global Supply are assured regulatory compliance, a single bill, and global delivery from a government source.
In most cases, vendors self-certify that their products meet federal environmental programs and market them with a variety of federal, third-party, or other symbols. Labels such as ENERGY STAR® or BioPreferred are controlled by federal agencies while other labels or symbols, such as recycled content, are self-claims.
Visit GSA Advantage!® for a listing of these symbols and their meanings. If there is a question about a particular product and how well it meets regulatory standards, customers are advised to contact the Schedule vendor for confirmation prior to placing an order.
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Learn more about the types of green products GSA offers below.
Energy Efficient Products
Save power with ENERGY STAR® and other energy-efficient products.
Recycled Content Products
Reduce waste by purchasing Environmental Protection Agency's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG)-designated recycled products.
Water Efficient Products
Reduce water consumption with water-efficient products, such as WaterSense®.
Biobased and BioPreferred Products
Biobased materials, like ethanol (corn-based), soy-based lubricants, bioplastics and other BioPreferred products, ensure sustainability.
Environmentally Preferable Products
Electronic products certified by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT® - this link leads to a nongovernment website) help reduce toxins and protect health.
The purchase of EPA Safer Choice labelled products is now required by EO 13693.
Non-Ozone Depleting Substances
Purchase ozone-safe products to protect the earth’s atmosphere.