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Sourcing to Support the Green Initiative by Lisa Ellram, Wendy Tate

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CHAPTER 1

Why Should We Care?

Introduction

In this chapter, some background information is provided to support the idea that green sourcing is an area of growing concern and importance, and that a firm’s buying practices can have an impact on the environment. The issue of green sourcing is becoming more urgent as customer pressure for environmentally sound products grows. The evidence continues to mount that solid waste and pollution are growing at a faster rate than the planet and current technology can safely dispose of, or regenerate, needed inputs.

To address the issue of the growing scarcity of resources and increasing pollution, one approach is to generate less waste. Another approach is to use materials that can be reused, remanufactured, ...

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