Staples Canada Continues to Drive Sustainability

Retailer expands sustainability programs and exceeds 2012 goals 
TORONTO, April 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Staples Canada, leader in office supplies and 
Canada's largest online retailer, today announced their 2012 sustainability 
achievements, exceeding many program specific goals and increasing the 
recycling of electronics and batteries while reducing energy consumption 
across the company. These achievements are part of the retailer's long-term 
commitment to growing the business in a sustainable manner, and reducing its 
impact on the environment. 
"In 2012 we achieved our goal of accelerating our sustainability programs," 
said Pete Gibel, vice president of merchandising at Staples Canada and Chair 
of the Staples Canada Environmental Committee. "In 2013, we have expanded our 
programs and we will continue to make it easy for our customers to help make a 
positive impact on the environment." 
In 2012 the company exceeded many of its sustainability program specific 
goals, including: 
Battery Recycling Program
Staples Canada partners with Call2Recycle to collect and recycle batteries 
(re-chargeable and alkaline). The program helped divert over 49,528 kg of 
batteries from landfills, more than double the amount collected in 2011. 
Ink and Toner Return Program
taples Canada collects ink and toner at every store location in Canada. In 
2012, over 2.5 million cartridges were collected, with a plan to collect 5 
million ink cartridges by Earth Day 2014. Schools across the country can 
assist in the program by signing up for a free ink cartridge bin, with Staples 
collecting the cartridges free of charge. 
Electronics Recycling
In an effort to divert 8 million pounds of electronics yearly, Staples, 
alongside their national electronics recycling partner, eCycle Solutions, has 
expanded its electronics drop-off program to over 250 retail locations as of 
early 2013. In 2012, the retailer collected and recycled 3,000 metric tonnes 
of electronics. 
Writing Instruments 
In April 2012, Staples Canada, the exclusive retail partner of Terracycle and 
Newell Rubbermaid, launched a writing instrument recycle program. This program 
focuses on taking back used writing instruments such as pens, pencils, 
markers, highlighters. The items are then shipped to Terracycle where they can 
be effectively recycled. Last year, the retailer successfully collected and 
recycled 197,000 units. 
Sustainable Products 
Staples continues to source and offer customers alternative, eco-responsible 
products, such as Step Forward multi-purpose paper made of wheat straw and 
many Staples® brand products with innovative and sustainable attributes. 
Staples continues to add products featuring independent environmental 
certifications such as Forest Stewardship Council and Energy Star, as well as 
products featuring recycled content and various other environmental design 
features. 
Energy Efficiency
Staples Canada continues to reduce energy consumption and actively works to 
conserve energy across the business by reducing overall energy costs, and 
diversifying energy sources. 
Since 2009, Staples reduced electrical consumption in retail stores by over 
3.5 million kilowatts. As of 2012, a large majority of Staples Canada store 
locations run on 25 watt light bulbs, helping to reduce electrical consumption 
by over 11%. In 2013, Staples plans an additional 5% reduction in electrical 
consumption. 
Staples Canada wins Innovation in Sustainability Award
The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, (PRSM), the authority 
on retail and multi-site facilities management, has awarded Staples Canada the 
2013 Innovation in Sustainability Award in the Waste Management Recycling and 
Reuse category for its sustainability programs. The PRSM Association 
Innovation in Sustainability Award recognizes member companies that have 
demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in sustainable or "green" program 
development, management and leadership in the industry. 
Business-to-Business division of Staples Canada Grows Commitment to 
Sustainability
The business-to-business division of Staples is also committed to 
sustainability. Staples Advantage Canada holds a corporate registration in 
both ISO9001 (Quality) and ISO14001 (Environment) which allows them to 
evaluate, monitor and manage their activities, products and services, and 
maintain a positive impact on the environment. Staples Advantage offers 
Sustainable Earth by Staples products (including non-toxic commercial 
cleaners, remanufactured toners, recycled paper products and more) enabling 
customers to reduce their environmental footprint. The Fifty Green program not 
only minimizes small order frequency, but proceeds are donated to Tree Canada 
to assist with replanting efforts. Since the launch of the program in 2008, 
Staples Advantage has donated more than $400,000 to the cause which has 
resulted in more than 100,000 trees being planted nationwide. By picking up 
e-waste, gently used delivery boxes and toner, Staples Advantage makes it easy 
for customers to be green. And their national Sustainability Teams (who 
promote awareness and focus on environmental efforts) have implemented waste 
reduction initiatives across Canada. On Earth Day, they will be launching the 
Integrated Rated Indicator for Sustainability (IRIS™), an interactive 
tracking tool developed by Loop, used to set goals, track progress and 
visually report on our sustainability initiatives to all stakeholders. 
About StaplesCanada
Staples, Canada's largest office products company is committed to providing 
Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products. Serving all 
types of business - from the small home office to large enterprise - Staples 
makes it easy for customers to operate their offices efficiently and 
affordably by offering an extensive selection of office supplies, technology, 
electronics and office furniture as well as business services, including 
computer repair and maintenance, and copy and print services. Operating as 
Bureau en GrosMC in the province ofQuebecand Staples Canadain all other 
provinces, the company employs over 15,000 associates at 330+ stores and at 
their head office in RichmondHill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada's top 
ten Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2011 Corporate 
Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to offering customers 
the highest level of service, whether they choose to shop in-store, by 
catalogue or online. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros also is invested in a 
number of corporate giving programs that actively support environmental, 
educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in Canadian communities from coast 
to coast. Visitwww.staples.cafor more information, or visit us 
onFacebookandTwitter. 
About Staples Advantage Canada
As the business-to-business division of Staples, Staples Advantage works with 
companies of 20 or more employees to develop customized programs with 
dedicated account management and a complete assortment of products and 
services to meet business needs. 
The leading supplier in Canada, we work with our business partners to provide 
office supplies, technology products, facility supplies, furniture, and 
business services. Staples Advantage Canada is headquartered in Mississauga, 
Ontario, with eight distribution centres across Canada. For more information, 
visit www.staplesadvantage.ca. 
For more information on Staples environmental platform or programs  
contactMadalina Secareanu, Marketing Communications Specialist, Staples 
Canada at 905 737 1147  ex. 2714 orAlessandra Saccal-Tremblay, Public 
Relations Manager, Staples Canada at 905 737 1147 x 2363. 
SOURCE: Staples Canada 
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