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The United States Federal Government has a preference program for buying products that are energy and water efficient, biobased, made with recycled content or have other positive environmental benefits. When looking at environmentally preferable products and services, all aspects of the product are taken into consideration, including things like raw materials, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, and disposal.

The White House Task Force on Waste Prevention and Recycling is working with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist Federal agencies to promote the purchase of these environmentally preferable products.

So far, Federal agencies have conducted more than 30 ‘green’ pilot programs, including: renovation of the Pentagon parking lot; building construction; buying green cleaning products and services; and identifying environmentally preferable paints, uniforms, and copier paper.

Buying Biobased

The US Government is committed to reducing their impact on the environment and decreasing their use of non-renewable resources. To achieve this we have issued an Executive Order requiring all government departments to buy and use biobased products where possible.

Biobased products are renewable agricultural products, made from plant or animal material. Under the new law, all Federal agencies must give preference to buying biobased products when they are available. The US Department of Agriculture has developed guidelines to help Federal agencies in buying biobased products - such as paper and packaging, fuel additives, cleaning products, inks, building materials, compost and more.

Supporting biobased products protects the environment and helps our nation by:

  • Increasing the use of renewable products, which break down more easily and safely in the environment;
  • Decreasing the use of petrochemicals, which are non-renewable and contribute to greenhouse gas production and climate change;
  • Creating new markets for farmers and encouraging new technologies; and
  • Promoting sustainable environmental stewardship.
Bus running on biobased fuel

This bus runs on a biobased fuel made from soybeans.



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