Green Tip: Finding sustainable products in Ebuy and Penn State’s General Stores

By: Sarah Billman

Penn State’s General Stores’ Sustainable Products page encourages customers to order sustainable products. However, once a customer opens eBuy and navigates to the General Stores Office & Janitorial Supplies punchout page how can customers like us find sustainable products?

There are several tools available to find sustainable products. First, there is the Recycled Copier Paper Guide from the General Stores website, which is helpful when ordering copier paper. Next, there are some filters in the punchout that you can employ to help narrow your choices to view eco-conscious products:

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or diversity suppliers:

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Additionally, when looking at products look for the following labels:

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Lastly, there is a Greener Office Products section of the supplies website. Currently, it’s a little harder to access.

To make it a little easier to find here are the steps to finding greener office supplies:

  1. Go to the Supplies home screen and click on Office Supplies:

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  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Greener Office Products link under More Ways to Shop to display a list of available supplies:

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Hosting a Libraries event?

Look in your General Stores catalog to find the blue section labeled “PSU Janitorial and Break Room Solutions” blue section in the front of the catalog for competitively priced solutions including service ware, flatware, cutlery, as well as hot and cold beverage cups. Don’t have a General Stores Catalog? You can order one through General Stores.

Why should you look for sustainable products when ordering from General Stores?

The products are competitively priced, high quality, and help the Libraries and Penn State meet their sustainability goals. Additionally, buying recycled content products help “close the resource loop” and reduces energy, water, and chemical use, while reducing pollution and solid waste production. Lastly, it also helps boosts our regional economy because the majority of the RC paper at Penn State is purchased locally from American Eagle paper mill in Tyrone, PA.