- Making a Difference
- Eco-Labeling Programs and Standards
- Other EPA Initiatives and Resources
- Non-EPA Resources
By looking for greener products when you shop, and using products in ways that respect the environment, you will be joining millions of Americans in helping protect public health and the environment. Using products in ways that respect the environment includes conserving energy, water, and materials as well as disposing of the products responsibly through recycling and reuse.
Some ways you can make a difference include:
- Energy-efficient choices such as ENERGY STAR can save families up to a third on their energy bills, with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing style or comfort.
- The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill but could save about $170 per year by retrofitting with water-efficient fixtures and incorporating water-saving practices.
- Consumers can purchase Design for the Environment-labeled cleaning products and know they are buying products that are safer for their families and the environment.
- By driving a SmartWay certified vehicle, your vehicle will emit fewer air pollution-causing emissions while saving money on fuel costs.
Scroll through these EPA programs and several standards that EPA helped develop and manage. Click on the logos for more information, and links to greener products and product comparisons.
When purchasing products, look for:
- Product standards or eco-labels with published criteria for qualifying their products (such as lists of product criteria published on their websites).
- Product standards or eco-labels issued or supported by organizations that are widely respected and trusted.
- Products claims accompanied by some type of third party verification.
- Products qualifying for EPA eco-labeling programs or meeting standards EPA helped develop and manage.
- Products meeting broad-based environmental criteria. For example, computers (and other electronics) meeting the IEEE 1680 family of product environmental performance standards that EPEAT products must meet.
Please also see these EPA websites for more information about environmentally sustainable products.
- EPA's Retail Industry Portal provides information and resources associated with environmental practices at retail establishments.
- Green Homes provides information for homeowners on creating healthy and efficient places to live.
- Greenscapes provides homeowners with information on cost-efficient and environmentally preferable landscaping solutions.
- Plug in to eCycling promotes opportunities for individuals to donate or recycle electronics through a partnership with leading consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and mobile service providers.
- EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program provides information and guidance for consumers interested in buying more environmentally friendly products.
The Related Links section of this website includes a wide range of other greener product resources including many not developed by EPA.