Sustainability (FSSI JanSan)

The FSSI JanSan acquisition solutions makes identifying and buying environmentally sustainable products easy, including US Department of Agriculture- and Environmental Protection Agency designated biobased and recycled content products. Agencies are required to ensure that 95 percent of applicable new contract actions are environmentally sustainable. FSSI JanSan vendors offer a wide variety of compliant products, such as:

  • Recycled content bathroom tissue;
  • Paper towels and plastic trash bags; and
  • Biobased hand sanitizers and cleaning products.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) manages the BioPreferred program, which includes a mandatory federal purchasing program for biobased products. Biobased products contain materials derived from agricultural and forestry materials, such as:

  • Soybeans;
  • Corn; and
  • Woodscraps from the lumber industry.

Under this program, USDA designates categories of biobased products and establishes a minimum biobased content level for each. Examples include:

  • Air fresheners;
  • Floor strippers;
  • Graffiti and grease removers;
  • Industrial wipers;
  • Laundry products; and
  • Variety of cleaners.

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Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines

Under the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designates products that are or can be made with recovered materials, and recommends practices for buying these products (minimum content levels). Once a product is designated, agencies are required to purchase it with the highest recovered material content level practicable. Buying recycled content products helps to ensure that the materials collected in home and office recycling programs will be used again in the manufacturing of new products. Examples include:

  • Paper towels;
  • Facial tissues;
  • Bathroom tissue;
  • Plastic trash bags;
  • Recycling containers; and
  • Waste receptacles.

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Identify green purchasing requirements with the Green Procurement Compilation

To find out which types of sustainable products are required for federal purchase, visit the GSA Green Procurement Compilation (GPC). The GPC helps users identify applicable green purchasing requirements by consolidating and organizing information from multiple federal environmental programs in one convenient location. Simply browse or search for a product to find applicable requirements, sample solicitation language, environmental program links, and additional guidance.

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Find Sustainable Products on GSA Advantage!®

GSA Advantage!, GSA’s online shopping portal, makes it easy for buyers to identify environmentally sustainable products. FSSI JanSan vendors are required to identify sustainable products using various environmental symbols or icons. Just look for the “BioPreferred” or “CPG” symbols next to a product to make sure you’re buying green. You can also limit search results to sustainable products by selecting the appropriate environmental icon with the advanced search function. Since there may be inaccurate listings, always be sure to verify with the vendor that the product meets applicable environmental requirements prior to placing your order.

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Non- or Less-Toxic Cleaning Products

While there is no federal program that designates non- or less-toxic cleaning products required for purchase, these types of products are considered to be environmentally preferable. Therefore, federal buyers should require these types of products whenever possible. Buyers may consider using optional programs like EPA Design for the Environment and other nongovernment standards and labels to help identify non- or less-toxic cleaning products.

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Data is being gathered monthly from the JanSan BPA holders regarding dollars spent on biobased and CPG items. We hope to make this data available by agency in the near future.

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Biobased Product Contracting Targets

By using the JanSan BPAs, your agency can make easy work of complying with the new Agricultural Act of 2014, which requires agencies to set targets for issuing contracts for purchasing only biobased products. Simply make it your target to use the JanSan BPAs to purchase biobased products!

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