Sustainable Procurement Resources: Safer Chemicals

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Supplementary Guidance

Find more help with this aligned guidance from member and non-member organizations!

From Government
From Private Industry
From Higher Education
  • UC Sustainable Procurement Guidelines – University of California Office of the President. Product category guidance, green spend metrics, economically and socially responsible spend metrics, and best practices. Provides specifications on Chemicals of Concern.
  • Harvard Strategic Procurement Program – Harvard University. Sustainable procurement guidelines, factsheets, and green office resources. Includes specifications on Green Cleaning Standards.
From Non-Government Organizations
SPLC Community Resources

Leverage our members’ individual experiences for more knowledge and ideas! Then, find a team currently working on what you are to collectively develop your plan to achieve leadership.

Examples of Contract Language (eg. RFP, Specifications, SOWs, etc.)
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Relevant Peer Groups
  • Product Packaging Action Team (Email
  • Circular Economy Procurement Learning Circle (Email

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Industry and Organizational Resources
Non-Profit Organizations Certifications, Registries & Ecolabels 

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Tools You Can Use

Check out these free tools you can use to track your progress!

Tool:Use it to:Provided by:
Chemicals of ConcernInformation on the uses and environmental + human health impacts of common chemicals of concern.SPLC
Ecolabels and StandardsTable of ecolabels, standards, and certifications that address chemicals of concern.SPLC
EPA Recommended EcolabelsLists of reputable certifications/ecolabels for products. Note that some of these (such as USDA Biopreferred) do not include safer chemicals requirements.US Environmental Protection Agency
Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool)Comprehensive resource for federal purchasers, and useful for others. Includes sample bid language, available certifications, and lists of compliant products for some product categories (See carpet for example – click on the green box).US General Services Administration
Understanding Packaging ScorecardA free, easy-to-use web-based tool to assess the sustainability impacts of common foodware and food packaging choices.Single Use Materials Decelerator

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