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Food Services

Environmental Attributes to Look For

Procurement Guidance

Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) - Paper and Paper Products
Recycled-content recommendations for procurement of paper food serviceware.

Case Studies

EPP Program list of Food Service Case Studies

Web Resources

EPA Web Sites

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

EPP Database

Other Government

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.

Non-Government

Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) Exit EPA Disclaimer
BPI is a multi-stakeholder association which promotes the use, and recycling of biodegradable polymeric materials (via composting). The BPI Logo Program is designed to certify and identify plastic products that will biodegrade and compost satisfactorily in actively managed compost facilities. The BPI Web site also includes a list of approved products.

Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) Exit EPA Disclaimer
The FSTC has developed over thirty standard test methods for evaluating commercial kitchen appliance performance, and provides expertise in commercial kitchen ventilation and building energy efficiency, including lighting, glazing and HVAC.

Green Seal: Choose Green Report on Rigid Quick Serve Food Packaging (PDF) (6 pp, 721K, About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer
Green Seal is an independent, nonprofit organization that sets environmental standards and awards a Green Seal of Approval to products that cause less harm to the environment than other similar products. Green Seal's Choose Green Report on Rigid Quick Serve Food Packaging (June 1999) offers a list of recommended food packaging brands, their manufacturers, and contacts.


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