Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Identifying Greener Paper

Environmental Attributes to Consider

  • Postconsumer recycled content (EPA requires purchase of 100% post-consumer recycled copy paper for its offices)
  • Consider alternatives to printed material
  • Processed without added chlorine for brightener
  • Look for paper with a brightness at 85 (anything higher could have been made with processes that are not needed)
  • Recyclable
  • Soy-based inks

How to Buy

Government Resources

GSA Advantage!® 
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.

Other Resources

Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) developed Model Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Specifications and Purchasing Guidelines for paper, toner cartridges, and office supplies. Exit

Conservatree provides information about environmentally preferable paper, including information on selected paper products and information targeted at large-scale purchasersExit