Underwriters Laboratories is expanding the definition of safety to include protecting the safety of future generations.
Every single purchase has hidden human health, environmental, and social impacts. 4
Environmental Concerns Mass extinctions Deforestation & soil erosion Air & water pollution Super bacteria, viruses, and insects Dwindling natural resources Cancer rates increasing Reproductive disorders increasing Fisheries collapsing Water tables falling Climate Change
Hidden Impacts Climate Change Biodiversity Loss Water Pollution Cancer Asth ma Air Pollution Habitat Destruction Resource Depletion Toxic
Resource Consumption One ton of virgin paper requires 98 tons of resources to produce. A single 1/10 ounce, 14-carat gold ring requires 2.8 tons of ore
Typical Desktop Computer Manufacturing a typical desktop computer creates 139- pounds of waste and 49 pounds of hazardous materials. Producing the six-inch silicon wafer from which computer chips are cut generates 2,840 gallons of wastewater and 7 pounds of hazardous waste.
Reducing Impacts When recycled materials are used to produce paper, aluminum, and glass, energy consumption can be reduced by up to 95%, water consumption by up to 50%, air pollution by 95%, and water pollution by up to 97%. When scrap iron is used instead of iron ore to make steel, mining wastes are reduced by 97%, air pollution effluents by 80%, and water pollution by 76%.
Buying Green Can Save Green Lower compliance costs Lower disposal costs Lower liability costs Lower injury costs Higher productivity
11 Buying Green Can Save Green In 2013, the Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program saved Massachusetts taxpayers $4.6 million in reduced costs while avoiding 29,000 tons of global warming emissions. Massachusetts has been buying 100% recycled content copy paper for almost 20 years.
13 Environmental Claims are Growing Eco-safe Environmentally friendly Earth friendly Earth smart Environmentally safe Environmentally preferable Essentially non-toxic Practically non-toxic Made with non-toxic ingredients Degradable Biodegradable Compostable Environmentally safe CFC-free Ozone friendly Recyclable Original Source: Kirsten Ritche, Gensler
Beware of Greenwashing Greenwash (grēn'wŏsh', -wôsh') – verb: the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service WARNING: Learn to ask critical questions or you might be buying products with creative marketing rather than products with legitimate environmental benefits.
Seven Sins of Greenwashing
Important Advice If a supplier is making a public claim, ask for public proof.
Using Eco-Labels Labels make life easier. Good News:
Recommended Contract Language Products purchased under this contract must provide demonstrable proof of meeting the ______ standard. The _______ standard is available at. Products purchased under this contract must provide demonstrable proof of meeting the Energy Star criteria. The Energy Star standard is available at. Products purchased under this contract must provide demonstrable proof of meeting the IEEE 1680 standard. A summary of the IEEE 1680 standard is available at.
Recommended Contract Language Products purchased under this contract must be ________ certified or provide demonstrable proof of meeting the _________ standard and certification requirements. The ____________ standard and certification requirements are available at. UL Environment
Personal Care 103 Personal Care 2783 Hand Sanitizer 2784 Hand Cleaners Building Materials 16 Thermal Insulation 20 Wall board 33 Office Furniture 47/48 Surface Coatings 102 Door Leafs 150 Steel 152 Flooring Products 167 Mosaic Tiles 2761 Sealants/Caulking Compounds 2762 Adhesives 2763 EE Cancellations Transformers 2764 Gas Fired Condensers 2766 HVAC Systems 2768 Architectural Surface Coatings 2778 Recycled Plastic Products Janitorial/Sanitation 113 Drain/Grease Trap 2767 Paint/Varnish Remover Sanitary Paper 106 Laundry Bleach 2776 Laundry Detergent Biologicals 146 Cleaners 2777 Floor Care 2780 Urinal Blocks 166 Disinfectants 2781 Pool & Spa Fuels/Lubricants/ Transportation 53 Fuels 54 Engine Oil 60 Corrosion Control 61 Car Wash 69 Lubricants 73 Combustible Gel Prods 74 Solid Biofuels 138 Runway Deicing 2779 Dust Suppressants Packaging/Bags 75 Pulp 76 Paper Board 79 Business Forms 80 Envelopes 87/100 Bags Resin and Plastics 135 Beverage Packaging 145 Food Containers Office Related 32/33 Office Panels 35 Office Machines 39/41/141 Printing Related 77 Printing and Writing Papers 2771 Paper 2773 Pens/ Mechanical Pencils 2785 Printing Cartridges Non-ULE SPCs 3 Electricity 110 Mobile Phones 133 Batteries 161 Refrigerant Collection Program 162/4 GHG Neutral 172 Toys 2774 Events 2782 Solid Biofuels 7001 Household Refrigeration Services UL Environments Product Certification Other BIFMA level (furniture) TCNA Green Squared (tile) IEEE , , and (electronics) NSF 140 and 332 (carpet and resilient flooring) Customer Benefits: Certification and standards compliance Provides consumer confidence in the quality of the product and the manufacturers commitment to sustainability
Recommended Contract Language Products purchased under this contract must offer independent validation for all environmental claims, such as the validation offered by ________. UL Environment