Thursday, February 10, 2011

Green purchasing in New York

From Rachel's Precaution Reporter:
Green purchasing in New York
On December 29, 2010, New York State approved a Green Purchasing policy to avoid "bad actor" chemicals in products. The Interagency Committee on Procurement voted to approve a guidance policy requiring all NYS agencies to consider avoiding 85 chemicals in products purchased by the state.  Relying on federal priority lists, the list includes PBTs, known and probable carcinogens, PBDEs, PFOAs and BPA (see link below for list). According to Anne Rabe of the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, "This is the most comprehensive chemical avoidance purchasing list in the country and it will have a major impact on greening the marketplace with NY's annual buying power of $9 billion."

The Chemicals Avoidance List is available on this page. Click on "Chemical Avoidance List."

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