Sustainable procurement specifications and resources toolkit

Description

This toolkit provides the resources for purchasing sustainable products. Use the sustainable procurement specifications and resources toolkit to identify environmental criteria for RFPs/RFIs, to view specifications or standards, and to identify any available metrics applicable to the products or services under consideration.  

Please contact procurement@practicegreenhealth.org with any questions. 

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Sustainable products directory

The sustainable procurement directory provides Practice Greenhealth members with guidance on more than 120 products and services health care organizations can target for sustainable procurement. The directory identifies key environmental considerations for each product or service, where to obtain more information, and the rationale for purchasing sustainably.

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Medical products

When purchasing medical products, identify the sustainability criteria through either the directory above or through this toolkit. Product criteria may identify opportunities to use less, avoid chemicals of concern, increase waste reduction opportunities, or advance energy and water efficiency, providing the best value to health care organizations.

  • Anesthetic gas: Use the resource to identify how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using less or eliminating the use of desflurane anesthetic gas.
  • Blood pressure devices: Use the resource to specify devices that are mercury-free.
  • Breast pumps and accessories: Use the resource to specify devices that are PVC/DEHP-free. 
  • Compression therapy sleeves: Use the resource to specify compression therapy sleeves that are reprocessed. Meet the goal to collect and purchase 20% reprocessed non-invasive devices compare to total.
  • Endotracheal tubes: Use the resource to specify devices that are PVC/DEHP-free.
  • Exam gloves: Use the resource to specify gloves that are PVC/DEHP-free. 
  • Face and oxygen masks: Use the resource to specify masks that are PVC/DEHP-free.
  • Gastrointestinal tubes: Use the resource to specify gastrointestinal tubes that are PVC/DEHP-free.
  • Laryngeal mask airways: Use the resource to specify laryngeal mask airway devices that are free of PVC/DEHP.
  • Nasal cannulas: Use the resource to specify nasal cannulas that are free of PVC and DEHP. 
  • Nasogastric tubes: Use the resource to specify nasogastric tubes that are free of PVC and DEHP.
  • Non-rebreather face masks: Use the resource to specify face masks that are free of PVC and DEHP.
  • Tracheostomy tubes: Use the resource to specify tracheostomy tubes that are free of PVC and DEHP.
  • Parenteral infusion devices and sets: Use the resource to specify infusion devices and sets that are free of PVC and DEHP.
  • Pulse oximetry: Use the resource to specify and purchase reprocessed pulse oximetry devices.
  • Respiratory tubes: Use the resource to specify and purchase respiratory tubes that are free of PVC and DEHP. 
  • Sterilization and disinfection: Use the resource to find out the pros and cons of various cleaning chemicals to inform purchasing decisions.
  • Thermometers: Use the resource to specify and purchase mercury-free thermometers.
  • Urological, general: Use the resource to specify and purchase general urological devices that are free of PVC and DEHP.
  • Vascular catheters: Use this resource to specify vascular catheters that are free of PVC and DEHP.
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Non-medical products

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Professional services

When purchasing professional services, identify the sustainability criteria for RFIs/RFPs or value analysis through the resources below. Criteria for services may identify chemicals of concern, waste reduction strategies, or corporate sustainability opportunities the service must meet to provide value to your health care organization.

  • Construction and demolition recycling: Use the resource to specify recycling services for construction and demolition debris.
  • Integrated pest management services: Use the available resources to specify integrated pest management services to reduce public health risks to staff, patients, and visitors from the use of pesticides.
  • Landscape services: Specify landscape maintenance services that supports a healthy environment.
  • Laundry cleaning services: Specify more sustainable laundry services to reduce impacts to water quality in the community.
  • Vending: Specify environmental considerations for vending machines to provide healthy food for staff, patients, and visitors.
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Food

  • Bakery/baked goods: To avoid ingredients produced with synthetic pesticides, use the environmental criteria for processed foods. 
  • Beverages: To ensure ingredients meet the highest social and environmental criteria, use the environmental criteria for beverages (non-dairy).
  • Dairy: To avoid food produced with synthetic pesticides or growth hormones, use the environmental criteria for dairy products.
  • Dry goods: To avoid food produced with synthetic pesticides, use the environmental purchasing criteria for grains and legumes. 
  • Eggs: To avoid purchasing eggs from hens that consumed feed produced with synthetic pesticides and more, use the environmental criteria for eggs.
  • Meat: To ensure you are purchasing meat not produced without the use of antibiotics, use the environmental criteria for meat.
  • Oils and shortenings: Use the suggested environmental considerations in your RFIs/RFPs to help inform your purchasing decisions.
  • Poultry: To ensure poultry is not produced with arsenic additives from chicken feed, use the environmental criteria for poultry.
  • Produce: Use the suggested environmental considerations in your RFIs/RFPs to help inform your purchasing decisions. Environmental considerations for produce
  • Seafood: Use the suggested environmental considerations in your RFIs/RFPs to help inform your purchasing decisions.
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Food service products and services

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