Procurement plays a key role in implementing procedures to improve material efficiency and reduce environmental burden. Selecting raw materials, production equipment, forms of energy, products, services, transportation and manner of product disposal are all purchases. Different materials and equipment carry different environmental effects. You should be aware of these effects when conducting purchases.
Procurement should favour quality materials and durable products. It should also favour ecolabelled products within product groups. Purchasing the correct amounts as well as packaging and waste management are also significant. By ensuring environment-friendly procurement and avoiding unnecessary acquisitions, companies save costs and reduce environmental load while enhancing their competitive ability in markets.
Ecolabels are signs of responsibility
The purpose of ecolabelling is to increase the amount of unbiased information on the environmental impact of products and to steer the production and consumption of goods in a more sustainable direction. In addition, companies can use the ecolabels when making their own purchasing and give a competitive advantage to a company when they are promoting the environmentally friendly nature of their products. The manufacturing process and consumption of products with ecolabels take into consideration the environmental impact of the product throughout their life cycle. There are several ecolabels. Some are official, such as the Nordic ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel. In addition, there are several others which signify eco-friendliness.
Preventing waste generation