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The Environment

Let’s work to save the planet together.

Staples’ goal is to run our business in a more sustainable way, from product sourcing to our internal operations to recycling for our customers. We are committed to making it easy for our customers, associates, and communities to join us in protecting the environment. We help our customers reach their environmental goals by:

Staples Soul: The Environment
  • Offering office products that make a positive difference in the environment
  • Providing services that make it easy to do the right thing
  • Doing business with a company that shares your commitment to the environment

Eco-conscious Products

We offer more than 3,000 eco-conscious products that make a positive impact:

  • Wide assortment of eco-conscious paper
  • Re-manufactured ink and toner
  • Energy Star certified office technology products
  • Cubicle systems made from recycled-product content

We are also pursuing earth-friendly innovations:

  • File folders made from recycled denim
  • Biodegradable packing peanuts made from cornstarch
  • Bagasse paper made from sugarcane

Recycling Services

We believe that these services make a real difference. As the world’s largest ink recycler, we recycled over 20 million ink and toner cartridges in 2007. And we were the first national retailer to offer in-store recycling services, allowing customers to responsibly recycle technology products at local Staples stores across the country. It’s working: in 2007, we collected over 2 million pounds of technology waste. And we limited the number of used cartridges sent to landfills, where they take nearly 1,000 years to decompose. Our efforts include:

  • Free desktop ink and toner recycling for our Contract customers, including prepaid shipping labels and collection boxes to send back empty cartridges for recycling
  • In-store recycling of computers, monitors, peripherals, cell phones and batteries

Energy & Climate

Our energy conservation projects include:

  • Limiting the speed of our delivery fleet to 60 mph which saves more than 500,000 gallons of diesel annually
  • Piloting the country’s first hybrid delivery truck
  • Sixteen solar energy projects, preventing more than 1,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually
  • Piloting a wind turbine to power Staples home office

Environmental Education

By partnering with organizations focused on environmental education, we’re educating associates, consumers and businesses about how they can make a difference for the environment.