chapter  12
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The Purchase Audit

T o d a y there is m o r e env i r onmen ta l i n f o rmat i on t h a n ever before abou t the p r o d u c t s we buy . T h e r e are env i r onmen ta l c l a ims a t t ached to a lmos t a l l m o d e r n goods : less packag ing , l o w energy, b iodegradab le , r e c y c l ed , C F C free a n d so o n . In sp i t e of th i s amoun t of in fo rmat ion , howeve r (or m a y b e because of it ) , p u r c h a s e r s often f ind it di f f icult to make cho i c e s be tween the env i r onmen ta l impac t of one p u r c h a s e against another . In format ion is of ten p r e s en t ed in s o m a n y different ways that c o m p a r i s o n s be tween p u r c h a s e s are at bes t di f f icult a n d at wors t , imposs i b l e . Identi fy ing goods w i t h the m i n i m u m env i r onmen ta l impac t is there fore not easy.