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Healthy Purchasing

Every purchase has the power to influence the marketplace. You can play a crucial role by stimulating demand for safer, less hazardous products for our communities.

Collaborating for change

Oregon Environmental Council facilitates the Healthy Purchasing Coalition - a group of governments, universities, ports, businesses, and nonprofits - engaged in leading edge public procurement policy and practices. We are focused on integrating human health, chemical hazard, and safer alternatives into purchasing decisions that influence buildings and indoor environments.

Learn more about our coalition here.

Strengthening demand for safer products

Changing the way products are designed and manufactured requires strategic and consistent demand in the market place. We want to increase the use of green chemistry by manufacturers so that the products we need are inherently safer and more sustainable. 

We value transparency, harmonization, innovation, and accountability in our efforts.

Why focus on chemicals and health?

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention chronic diseases have a major economic impact in Oregon, costing billions every year in care and lost productivity. Seven out of 10 deaths in the U.S. are from chronic disease. Scientific studies have linked a wide variety of chemicals commonly used in products to chronic diseases. Unlike heredity and age, exposure to chemicals in products and the environment is one factor we can modify.

Learn more about why healthy purchasing matters here.

Resources for your efforts

Through our work with the Healthy Purchasing Coalition, OEC and our partner organizations have developed a variety of resources. These include fact sheets, sample policy language, specification and contract language, among others. 

Find resources for healthy purchasing here.

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