"Green" product database for office purchasing managers

The Environmental Product Information Centre (EPIC) has launched a free advice service to office managers seeking "green" computer equipment. The choice of products will be limited in the scheme's first few months as the database builds up, but eventually EPIC hopes to be able to provide information on the complete range of office materials.

Information on the environmental performance of office equipment is becoming easier to obtain as manufacturers wake up to the demands of customers. Last year, for example, the US Environmental Protection Agency launched its "Energy Star" rating programme to promote low-energy computer equipment (ENDS Report 221, pp 25-26 

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