Product Stewardship for Manufacturers
Procurement policies, measures, or preferences, that specify environmentally preferable products and services. Businesses, and consumers can use their purchasing power to leverage supplier practices, products, and decisions, for better environmental protection.
By specifying purchasing preferences for products that have less environmental impact, organizations can spur manufacturers to: use recycled-content, design for recycling/reuse, consume less energy or water, minimize waste, or create less toxic products. Procurement preferences can provide an immediate market for environmentally and socially responsible products.
Checklist of suggestions for enviromental purchasing.
How to Start and Operate an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program
Work to secure management commitment, then publicize a statement of intent or mission
Reason: Establishes management support and sets priorities
Designate one (or more) staff to coordinate environmental purchasing efforts at the company
Reason: Establishes accountability and expertise
Request suppliers to help set up an evaluation system that allows end users to test and evaluate a new office products, supplies, materials, and other
Reason: End users know what they need and can test the products to see if they will meet those needs
Become familiar with available "green" products and the suppliers
Reason: Find the best products quickly
Network and share information internally and externally
Reason: Learn from others, and let others learn from you
Know what products you currently purchase, then work with suppliers on finding alternatives for any products with high life-cycle impacts, contain hazardous or toxic materials, etc.
Reason: Less impact on the environment, and health & safety of staff and customers
Let end users make the final purchasing decisions after evaluation
Reason: End users have to believe in the product
Buy or lease refurbished goods
Reason: Saves money and its environmentally friendly
When possible, close the loop by having suppliers take some of your end-of-life products and refurbish them for reuse at your business
Reason: Saves money, eliminates a waste stream, and encourages buying recycled
Don't forget to buy green energy
Reason: Utilize renewable energy sources
Green your supply chain
Reason: More available products; impact and influence your suppliers
Publicize successes and lessons, including product performance, cost and environmental savings, etc.
Reason: Further accountability and information sharing