Over the last two decades, growing concerns about ecosystem quality have led to a renewed interest in environmentalism. Purchasing professionals should also be concerned and need to rethink purchasing strategies which have traditionally neglected environmental impacts. To help foster environmentally concerned purchasing strategies, this article presents the findings of an empirical survey of NAPM members in firms with a high level of awareness and frequent applications of "green" purchasing. Environmental factors are identified that may reshape supplier selection decisions. The role of "green" purchasing in reducing and eliminating waste is discussed. Also, effects of "green" purchasing on packaging decisions are explored. Finally, some important practical guidelines are suggested which may enhance the effectiveness of regulatory compliance, pollution prevention, and resource recovery.
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