Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Identifying Greener Food Services

Environmental Attributes to Consider

  • Biodegradable
  • Energy efficient
  • Recyclable
  • Recycled-content
  • Reusable
  • Water efficient

How to Buy

Government Resources

ENERGY STAR® Qualified Products
Information about commercial food service products that meet ENERGY STAR energy efficiency guidelines.

Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred Program 
Biodegradable containers are currently listed on the Department of Agriculture's Designation List under the BioPreferred program. More information about the designation and listed products are available on the BioPreferred Web site.

GSA Advantage!®
GSA Advantage is the federal government's premier online shopping superstore giving you access to millions of commercial products and services available from GSA-negotiated contracts.  Anyone may browse the site to view and compare the variety of products and services offered.  Visit the Environmental Program Aisle search by environmental icons and limit your results to sustainable products.

Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and General Services Administration (GSA) worked collaboratively to create this document, which proposes specific food, nutrition, and sustainability guidelines to complement the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.