Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

Environmentally preferred purchasing (EPP) means practicing pollution prevention when making new purchases. Several EPP strategies are:

  • buying only what you intend to use
  • buying in bulk
  • avoiding extensive packaging
  • buying locally
  • buying least hazardous products (cleaners, paints, etc.)
  • looking for products with high post consumer recycled content!
  • buying remanufactured and factory reconditioned

Why buy recycled?

  • Saves natural resources: products from recycled materials reduce the strain on extraction and refinement of virgin materials.
  • Saves energy: usually less energy is needed to manufacture recycled products; recycling aluminum into usable stock requires 95% less energy than making new aluminum from bauxite ore.
  • Saves clean air and water: less refinement of materials also means, in most cases, that less air and water pollution is created.
  • Saves landfill space: materials that go back into new products are diverted from landfills.
  • Saves money and creates jobs: recycling processes creates far more jobs than landfills or incinerators.


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