Staples Reaches Sustainability Milestone of 350 Million Ink and Toner Cartridges Recycled

  Staples Reaches Sustainability Milestone of 350 Million Ink and Toner
  Cartridges Recycled

   America’s Number One Choice for Ink and Toner Makes it Easy to Recycle,
                  Features Broad Selection and Free Shipping

Business Wire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- August 19, 2013

Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), the world’s largest office supply company and
second largest internet retailer, Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today
that it has recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges since 2005,
averaging over 60 million cartridges per year for the past three years.
Through the cartridge recycling program, Staples has recycled 182 million
pounds of plastics and metals, roughly the equivalent weight of an aircraft
carrier or 400 times the Statue of Liberty.

With Staples’ ink and toner cartridge recycling program, customers receive $2
back in Staples Rewards® per recycled cartridge, with a limit of 10 per month.
Used cartridges can be dropped off at any Staples retail location and Ink
Recycling Rewards can be used to buy almost anything from Staples, in-store or
online. Staples was the first national retailer to reward customers for
recycling ink and toner cartridges. In addition to recycling rewards, Staples
Rewards members receive free shipping from Staples.com and five percent back
on all purchases.

“Staples is America’s number one choice for ink and toner, in part because of
our great cartridge recycling program,” said Mark Buckley, Vice President,
Environmental Affairs, Staples. “As the largest retail recycler of ink and
toner in North America, Staples is thrilled to be the first to reach this
milestone, as we help customers reduce their environmental footprint and save
money at the same time. Staples makes it easy to find replacement ink and
toner, with fast, free delivery on Staples.com and knowledgeable associates to
assist with in-store purchases.”

Staples offers thousands of ink cartridges and toner supplies from the most
trusted brands, including HP, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Lexmark, Xerox,
Samsung, Okidata, Pitney Bowes and more. Staples also carries a wide selection
of printer cartridges, including laser printer toners, fax toners, copier
toners, inkjet cartridges and all-in-one cartridges.

Staples makes it easy for customers to find the right ink and toner, with an
ink and toner finder available however and wherever they like to shop, whether
using the in-store ink and toner finder kiosk, on Staples.com or through
Staples mobile app or mobile website. Most of the leading brands of ink and
toner cartridges can also be reserved on line and picked up at a local Staples
store.

Staples consistently features great deals on ink and toner, including
currently:

  *Buy two HP ink cartridges, either in-store or on Staples.com and get 50
    percent off a third HP cartridge (ends Saturday, August 24)
  *A $20 Visa prepaid card with the purchase of two of the same HP toner (on
    Staples.com only, ends Saturday, August 24)
  *Buy two HP Color Laser Toners and get the third HP Color Laser Toner at 50
    percent off (Sunday, August 25 through Saturday, August 31)

The ink and toner cartridge recycling milestone is just one of several
environmental accomplishments for Staples, which announced last month it
reached 500 facilities certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s
ENERGY STAR® program.

Staples and the Environment
Staples’ sustainability vision is to generate business and environmental
benefits for customers, communities and the company by leading the way in
sustainable business practices. Staples works to achieve this vision through a
focus on selling more sustainable products and services; offering easy
recycling solutions; eliminating operational waste; maximizing energy
efficiency and renewable energy use and; becoming a sustainability leader in
the global community. To learn more about Staples environmental products,
services, and operational initiatives, please visit
www.staples.com/easyontheplanet.

About Staples
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second largest
internet retailer. For 27 years, Staples has served the needs of business
customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses need to
succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities,
Staples offers office supplies, technology products and services, facilities
and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range of
other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide dedicated to
making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples operates throughout North
and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is
headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is
available at www.staples.com/media.

Contact:

Staples Inc.
Mark Cautela, 508-253-3832
Mark.Cautela@Staples.com
 
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