Sustainable Solutions for Office Management

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, section 3(i), and Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 23.1. Visit GSA’s Green Procurement Compilation for a list of products and services that have sustainable acquisition requirements.

How to Acquire Green Products

GSA helps federal agencies meet environmental requirements by offering thousands of green products. There are two ways to buy green products from GSA:

  • GSA Advantage!®. Customers are encouraged to purchase products designated as bio-based and recycled content, ENERGY STAR and FEMP qualified, water efficient, and non-ozone depleting materials.
  • GSA 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.

Sustainable Industrial Products & Services Options

The following green solutions are offered under the Industrial Products & Services Category:

Products under these SINs may meet energy efficiency requirements set forth in ENERGY STAR specifications and may be registered in the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry. Applicable EPEAT-registered products are available at the Bronze level or higher.

SIN Description
51 55 Rental Plan for Copiers
51 58 Lease to Ownership Plans (LTOP) Copiers
51 58A Operating Lease Plan For Copiers
51 100 Copiers
51 100C Cost-Per-Copy Plan for Copiers (to include Analog, Digital, Multifunctional & Engineer Copiers)
51 100F Flat-Rate Monthly Fee Copying Plan For Copiers
51 101 2 Consumable Supplies for Copiers, Computers Printers and Fax Machines
51 229 Digital Duplicating Equipment

Commercially available products under this SIN may include items which meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (recycled content) program.

SIN Description
617 1 Bags and sacks
617 2 Bottles, jars, boxes, cartons, crates, container systems and metal drums
617 3 Wrapping and strapping materials
617 4 Packaging and packing bulk materials
617 5 Performance-Oriented Packaging (POP), plastic over pack, and hazardous material packaging
617 12 Pallets, Plastic and Wood

More Information about Sustainable Solutions

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. Customers are advised to contact the Schedule vendor for confirmation of compliance with regulatory standards prior to placing an order.

Last Reviewed: 2020-04-03