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What Is Green Sourcing?

Green sourcing means acquiring goods and services in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Local producers are greener sources because they ship their products over shorter distances. Both businesses and consumers support green sourcing when they purchase supplies produced locally.

Growing your own vegetables reduces the need for commercially shipped vegetables.

Green sourcing means acquiring goods and services in the most environmentally friendly way possible.  Local producers are greener sources because they ship their products over shorter distances.

Both businesses and consumers support green sourcing when they purchase supplies produced locally. 


Justification

Shipping products by truck, ship and plane becomes more expensive as oil and gasoline prices increase.  Businesses and consumers also pay for the waste that packaging and shipping add to the cost of products.

Green sourcing reduces these costs by emphasizing local sources for products. 


Benefits

Green sourcing is typically cheaper than traditional sourcing methods because shipping costs are lower for local products.  Businesses that adopt green sourcing build a positive reputation in the community for environmental awareness while they reduce their costs.


Significance

Businesses and consumers who use green sourcing are more financially efficient, and they reduce society's overall need for fossil fuels.  When local businesses receive more money, communities become stronger.

About the Author

Sean Mullin has been creating online content since 2007. He also worked in an online writing center for college students. In addition to writing, Sean has a Master of Arts in classics and teaches Greek and Latin part-time at the college level.

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