Tips for Buying Green Materials

May 16, 2012 — 1,274 views  
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Green products are increasingly becoming common in consumer’s home and places of work. If you have a client seeking to increase sustainability, consider following these three tips for selecting products.

1. Consult with ENERGY STAR. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy formed ENERGY STAR to provide a valuable resource to businesses and homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Buying green products takes time and research. In order to promote the practice, these government agencies have created a useful website with material and product suggestions.

2. Follow LEED standards. Achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an accomplishment recognized around the world. The U.S. Green Building Council developed the standard as a way to measure and provides third-party verifications that a building, home or community was designed for sustainability. As a result, the website provides instruction and material strategies for anyone.

3. Buy from green companies. Green purchasing requires a knowledgeable presence from those that care. Consider buying from companies with their own pollution prevention programs in place to indicate the organization’s commitment to environmental responsibility.