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Safer Paints, Cleaning and Other Chemical Products
Smarter Solutions For A Better Environment

Clean air and water initiatives focus on the reduction and prevention of pollution. To help attain these environmental goals, GSA contracted for applicable "chemical" items in the supply system to have reduced pollutants—items such as paints, coatings, sealants, cleaners, and degreasers. To do this, GSA modified product specifications for these types of items to require the reduction/elimination of detrimental components. The process will continue to explore further reductions, where possible, and work with such agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pursue the goals of 'environmentally preferable' purchasing, as defined in Executive Order 13101 . Purchasing these products from GSA means meeting the procurement requirements established by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 23.7 and Executive Order 13101.


GSA Environmental Products and Services Guide (2003-2004)
The Environmental Products and Services Guide contains environmentally oriented products and services that GSA makes available to federal buyers.


FSS CO Affirmative Procurement Plan
This document is the FSS Central Office Affirmative Procurement Plan (APP).

Outline of Environmentally Friendly Product Categories

EPA’s Design for the Environment – A program in which EPA’s committee reviews the product chemical composition along with its intended use. A Memorandum of Understanding is mutually agreed upon between EPA and the manufacturer with each signing on to that agreement. With the product meeting EPA’s criteria and the manufacturer agreeing to the terms, the manufacturer is then allowed to use the DfE symbol on their products.

Environmentally Preferable Products – A category based on EPA’s Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Guidelines. This category offers products meeting the criteria of low toxicity, neutral pH, non-flammable, no carcinogens, do not contribute to poor indoor air quality, and do not contain heavy metals or prohibited ingredients. While meeting as many of these categories as possible, the performance of the product may require slightly more aggressive components. For our product groups, this means a more caustic or acid formulation. Product performance is a key attribute and EPA recognizes the trade offs in this case.

The product listing groups the Environmentally Friendly products into the DfE, Environmentally Preferable products and the other attributes that meet the Preferred Purchasing criteria. Due to the intended end use of some of these products, they may have stronger formulations than a DfE type product. Disinfectants and herbicides are an example. In order to meet EPA’s requirements for effectiveness, they must contain more aggressive components to meet those performance criteria. The same would hold true for Brake and Parts Cleaners.

All of the products in the list are products recently designed for improved environmental profiles while still providing a performance level equal to the older more hazardous formulations. The concept of Environmentally Preferred is still evolving at EPA and is not clearly defined. We are confident these products do meet the intended product characteristics of the EPA program

A-1 Supply is a distributor of industrial, safety, and chemical supplies. As of January 11, 2007 the government is mandated by an executive order to buy 80% environmentally safe products. (Executive Order (E.O.) 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management," was signed by President Bush on January 24, 2007 E.O. 13423 consolidates and strengthens five executive orders ans two memorandums of understanding related to environmental, energy, and transportation performance and accountability. In particular, E.O. 13423 requires federal acquisition of required recycled content, energy efficient, bio-based, and environmentally preferable products and services.


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