Buying Discounts

Use these buying discount organizations to help you save money on your purchase of green products. Use the green products listing to find the products you most want to use then see which buying discounts apply. Or find a buying discount program below and then choose the best green products from their participating suppliers. Evaluate the benefits to see if one is right for your school.

U.S. Communities

Brand available: Zep, Office Depot, HD Supply, and Home Depot
U.S. Communities is a nonprofit organization that leverages the purchasing power of a large group of nonprofits and public agencies. Members of U.S. Communities are granted access to competitively solicited contracts that offer reduced cost goods.

U.S. Communities Advantages

  • No cost to participate
  • Non-exclusive contracts
  • No minimum orders
  • 32,000 members
  • 27 product suppliers


Public agencies and nonprofits must register to participate and consent to a master cooperative purchasing agreement. A single registration allows participation in all contracts. After registration is complete, orders can be placed directly with the product suppliers.

Green Product Suppliers Featured

  • Office Depot (office)
  • Zep (janitorial)
  • Home Depot (maintenance)
  • HD Supply (maintenance)


Canadian Communities

Brands available: Zep, HD Supply, and Home Depot
Canadian Communities is an affiliate of the U.S. Communities purchasing alliance. Like U.S. Communities, Canadian Communities assists nonprofits and public agencies in reducing the cost of purchased goods by leveraging collective purchasing power.

Canadian Communities Advantages

  • No cost to participate
  • Non-exclusive contracts


Public agencies and nonprofits must register to participate and consent to a master cooperative purchasing agreement. A single registration allows participation in all contracts. After registration is complete, orders can be placed directly with the product suppliers.

Green Product Suppliers Featured

  • Zep (janitorial)
  • Home Depot (maintenance)
  • HD Supply (maintenance)


National Joint Powers Alliance

Brands available: Hillyard, and Staples

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a joint powers authority similar to U.S. Communities. Under a joint powers agreement, a lead agency negotiates a contract with a product supplier that is open for all members of the alliance to use. The NJPA also works to maintain a high quality of service from the product suppliers.

National Joint Powers Alliance Advantages

  • No cost to participate
  • Non-exclusive contracts
  • 22,000 members
  • 45 product suppliers
  • Available in the US and Canada


To participate in the NJPA an organization must first register on the NJPA’s website. After the registration process is complete, an organization may order directly from any participating product supplier.

Green Product Suppliers Featured

  • Staples (office supply)
  • Hillyard (janitorial)
  • Interface (carpet)


Seventh Generation

Seventh Generation manufactures environmentally preferable paper products and cleaning supplies. Products offered by Seventh Generation include paper towels and bathroom tissue made from 100% post-consumer recycled content. Seventh Generation, Inc. has developed a non-profit buying program for the benefit of non-profit organizations throughout the United States.

To participate in Seventh Generation’s non-profit buying program an organization must completely fill out the Seventh Generation order form and fax it to (802) 863-1601. First time orders take up to three weeks to ship, subsequent orders are processed in ten days. Shipping costs are charged on all invoices. Organizations can keep shipping costs down by ordering larger quantities.

Green Products Available

  • Bathroom tissue
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Trash bags

 

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