Whitehorse City Council

Green Purchasing

In today’s competitive environment, companies are taking more notice of consumers asking for more sustainable and energy and water efficient products.

Purchasing more energy efficient products has been made easier with the star rating system. Electrical appliances often have a star rating system attached to them. The more stars an appliance has the more efficient it is.

Water using appliances also have a star rating system that works in the same way. Next time you’re purchasing new appliances make sure you look at how water and energy efficient they are. This saves you money and is better for the environment.

When renovating there are variety of products on the market that offer a green alternative.

Eco-paints are no longer uncommon and offer a great green alternative. They can be made from natural, non-toxic ingredients and do not produce chemical fumes. Ask your local paint provider form information about eco-paints next time your looking to redecorate. 
Eco furniture produced using either ethically manufactured materials or recycled material had also grown in its popularity and availability. Look for green alternatives when buying furniture, such as:

  • Recycled timber
  • Secondhand or restored vintage furniture
  • Timber from sustainable sources and not old growth forest
  • Good quality furniture that will last a long time
  • Locally made furniture
  • Fabrics made from recycled products
  • Office furniture made from recycled plastics

One of the most powerful ways in which councils can demonstrate their commitment to the environment is to use their purchasing power to buy products that are less damaging to people and the environment.

Council initiatives to obtain greener products and clearer information about the impacts of specific products provide the incentive for manufacturers to provide the types of products they want.

When purchasing products, whether they are hand towels or a whole new building, you can find green alternatives that are far kinder to the environment than the products you have traditionally used. There are many readily available products that make green purchasing a relatively straightforward activity. Products made from recycled materials, energy efficient and greenhouse friendly products, water efficient products and non-toxic products can make a major difference.