Frequent Questions

Are items designated in the CPG "environmentally preferable" products?

Generally, yes. Executive Order 13101 directs EPA to issue guidance on buying "environmentally preferable products." These are products that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared to other products and services that serve the same purpose. Multiple attributes may be considered when purchasing environmentally preferable products, including energy use, conservation of resources, and others. Items designated in the CPG reflect one attribute—recycled content—although some products can address other attributes as well.

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