Green Practices Toolbox – Materials and Products

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Environmentally preferred items, from compostable food service products and recycled paper to green cleaning chemicals and sustainable coffee.

  • APUA - Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics
    Antibiotic resistance is one of the major public health threats of the 21st century. Frequently asked questions and answers on antibacterials/ microbials.
  • Biodegradable Products Institute 
    Promotes use and recycling of biodegradable polymeric materials (via composting) and products that BPI has certified as officially compostable (including Compostable Bags, Foodservice, Resins, and Packaging).
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Guide to Sustainable Yield Palm Oil Products
    The choices you make when you shop do not just affect you…
  • CleanWell
    Unique alcohol-free hand sanitizer free of triclosan and other synthetic antibacterial agents.
  • Air Dryers v. Paper Towels
    This life cycle assessment shows that the use of hand air driers results in a smaller environmental footprint than the use of paper towels
  • Coffee and Conservation
    Information about the connection between coffee and the environment -- especially bird habitat.
  • Common Myths about Recycled Paper
    Conservatree is a nonprofit catalyst and advocate for ecologically sustainable paper markets, combining environmental commitment with paper industry and technical savvy. Conservatree provides practical tools and realistic strategies for successful conversion to environmentally sound papers.
  • Consumer Reports Eco Label Center
    Find out what the labels on your favorite products really mean. Search by product, category, or certifier to get Consumer Reports' expert evaluation of labels on food, wood, personal care products and household cleaners.
  • Consumer Reports Greener Choices: Products for a Better Planet
    Reviews and information on choosing environmentally preferred Appliances, Cars, Electronics, Food and beverages, Home and garden items.
  • Environmental Defense's Paper Calculator
    Compare different papers. Enter the grade of paper you use and how much and see how using less paper, increasing recycled content, or making other changes can reduce impacts. See the environmental benefits. Save the results in an easy-to-read report, to help your institution measure the benefits of better paper choices.
  • The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide
    Information from the Twin Cities' Green Guardian website to help citizens understand the urgent need to make environmentally-responsible purchasing and disposal decisions in their daily lives.
  • Paper vs. Plastic (in PDF)
    What are the pros and cons of choosing one type of bag vs. another?
  • The "Six Sins of Greenwashing": A Study of Environmental Claims in North American Consumer Markets
    Green•wash (gren'wosh', -wôsh') – verb: the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.
  • Skyline Design's Green Play
    Thematic or interpretive fabricators committed to using only recycled, renewable, low-impact materials with low- or zero-VOC coatings.
  • Buy Recycled
    An extensive list of manufacturers and distributors of various recycled products in the following categories: Apparel, Building Products, Interior Design and Furnishings, Paper and Paper Products, Plastic Lumber, Promotional Items.