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Information for Vendors

Vendors can help the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program meet its program goals by increasing their sales of green products to the government, as well as by building their environmentally preferable product lines. The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program provides a number of resources focused on helping vendors sell their environmentally preferable products to the federal government.

Sell Energy-Efficient Products: A Guide for Selling to the U.S. Government (PDF) (2 pp, 679 K, About PDF). Federal Energy Management Program. By offering energy-efficient products, manufacturers and vendors can differentiate their product, increase their sales potential, and help the Federal Government meet purchasing requirements.

Greening Your Products: Good for the Environment, Good for Your Bottom Line (PDF) (52 pp, 692 KB, About PDF)
This guidance document highlights opportunities to help vendors reduce their impact on the environment, while saving you money. The document focuses on two approaches for improvement - product improvement and process improvement.

Environmental Marketing Claims
A message to vendors from the EPA and the Federal Trade Commission about making "green" claims, and information about the Federal Trade Commission's Guides to the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.

Federal Trade Commission's Guides to the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (Green Guides).
The Green Guides, revised in May 1998, are intended to reduce consumer confusion and prevent false or misleading use of environmental terms in product advertising and labeling. The Green Guides indicate how the Federal Trade Commission will apply Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits unfair or deceptive acts or practices, in environmental marketing claims. The Green Guides apply to all forms of product and service marketing to the public, including advertisements, labels, package inserts, promotional materials, and electronic media.

Selling Environmental Products to the Federal Government
Information to facilitate vendor access to the Federal marketplace and thereby increase the availability of environmental products to the Federal government.

Federal Procurement Opportunities for Green Vendors (PDF) (8 pp, 1.0 MB, About PDF)
Authored by the federal Buy Bio Program, this brief guide for vendors is intended to facilitate access to federal government procurement opportunities, promote knowledge of government contracting initiatives, and make it easier to conduct business with the federal government.

EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) Program
Product manufacturers who become Design for the Environment partners may earn the right to display the Design for the Environment logo on recognized products. DfE reviews and recognizes best-in-class wet chemical-based formulations and products.

EPA's Environmental Technology Verification Program (ETV) Program
The ETV Program develops testing protocols and verifies the performance of innovative technologies that have the potential to improve protection of human health and the environment. ETV was created to accelerate the entrance of new environmental technologies into the domestic and international marketplace.

Private Sector Pioneers: How Companies Are Incorporating Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (PDF) (44 pp, 1.8 MB, About PDF)
This report highlights some of the initial efforts of private sector companies to "buy green."

Eco-promising: Communicating the Environmental Credentials of Your Products and Services (PDF) (20 pp, 680 KB, About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer
Forum for the Future and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) published this report as a how-to guide for companies wanting to make environmental claims about their products and services.


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