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Purchasing

Michigan State University works with vendors to determine how their products and services can best meet MSU’s environmental stewardship commitment.

Packaging

MSU encourages its vendors to use environmentally-friendly packaging and processes. When possible, MSU asks that vendors utilize sustainable or recyclable packaging materials. For example, loose packing material made from cornstarch or similar material, where practical, is preferred.

This is a photo of MSU's University Stores warehouse facility where MSU's commonly used, high-volume items are stocked and distributed.
Photo courtesy of Communications and Brand Strategy

Buying local

Purchasing locally-grown food and locally-manufactured products lessens the impact on the environment and better sustains a healthy local economy. By reducing the distance between the farm or manufacturer and the market or consumer, the cost of transportation and pollution caused by transportation is substantially minimized. The university has also made local purchasing a priority in new building construction and major remodeling projects by using material extracted, processed and manufactured in the region.

These partnerships connect MSU with the greater Michigan community and allows the institution to positively impact the local economy.

Do your part

  • Consider reusing by purchasing goods from the Surplus Store.
  • Buy recycled products — items made from paper and plastic are often made from recycled materials.
  • Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste, or look for items with reusable or recyclable packaging.
  • Purchase energy-efficient items. Look for the ENERGY STAR® logo when buying electronics or appliances.