Easy steps for a greener home office



    STAPLES Business Depot launches nation-wide "go green" campaign

    TORONTO, April 10 /CNW/ - Whether your home office is your 9-to-5 work
space or a homework hub, it is likely housing a collection of batteries, empty
printer cartridges and the like. In addition to these cluttering items, home
offices also generate paper and electricity waste - often unnecessarily.
    A new poll released(1) today shows that more than four out of five
Canadian households (82%) have commonly-used home office items which are
broken, outdated or used up - items that are probably headed for the garbage
instead of being recycled or properly disposed of.
    With Earth Day (April 22nd) fast approaching, STAPLES Business Depot is
making it easy for Canadians to help the planet - right in their own homes
with the support of the Conservation Council of Ontario.
    People can now drop off used, broken or outdated items such as phones,
PDAs, inkjet and toner cartridges and rechargeable batteries at any STAPLES
Business Depot for recycling or proper disposal.
    "If we each change our individual habits a little bit, together we can
make a big difference in the health of our environment," said Chris Winter,
Executive Director of the Conservation Council of Ontario.
    "STAPLES is being a big help by giving Canadians a convenient, one-stop
solution to make their home office operations a lot more environmentally
friendly," Winter said.

    
    The poll of more than a thousand adults also found:

    -   Almost half (47%) of Canadian households have at least one broken or
        out-of-date cellular phone in need of disposal;

    -   A similar number (47%) had dead batteries, with five being the
        average;

    -   45% had chargers needing disposal, while 41% had outmoded or broken
        cameras and 37% had empty ink cartridges;

    -   When informed that Staples Business Depot will properly dispose of
        these items, almost nine in ten (88%) said they would bring them in.
    

    "People generally want to do the right thing for the environment, but
they won't change their ways if it's difficult or inconvenient. Giving people
an easy, one-stop destination for proper disposal of these kinds of items will
really help make a difference," says Pete Gibel, Chair of STAPLES Business
Depot Environmental Committee.
    Gibel adds the organization is going beyond helping consumers to create
greener offices. STAPLES Business Depot is committed to energy conservation in
all its 273 retail locations.
    "We take big steps as an organization to make changes that matter. From
retrofitting our lighting, to recycling more than 4 million kilograms of
cardboard each year, to reducing our energy consumption and green house gas
emissions, we walk the walk," adds Gibel.

    
             TURN YOUR HOME OFFICE INTO A LEAN MEAN GREEN MACHINE

    STAPLES Business Depot offers the following suggestions to further the
"greening" of your home office setup: use less power, use less paper and don't
pollute.

    Save Energy
    -   Plug your office equipment (computer, monitor, speakers, printer,
        scanner, etc.) into a power bar that can be turned off when not in
        use (a computer running 24 hours a day can use up to $120 worth of
        electricity every year!);
    -   Set your screen saver to "none" or "blank screen" to save energy;
    -   Use an energy-efficient monitor and consider a laptop as your next
        computer. Laptops use about one-tenth the electricity of a desktop
        computer;
    -   Switch from incandescent to compact fluorescent light bulbs and turn
        off all lights when you leave the room;
    -   Use natural cooling techniques in the summer, such as shades and
        fans, instead of air-conditioning;

    Save Trees
    -   Use recycled and unbleached paper products; look for high percentages
        of Post-Consumer Content;
    -   Send electronic copies of documents instead of hard copies whenever
        possible and only print double sided documents;
    -   Recycle all waste paper.

    Reduce Waste and Pollution
    -   Choose reuseable and refillable products instead of disposables (i.e.
        rechargeable batteries and refillable toner cartridges);
    -   Look for water-based correction fluids, pens and markers;
    -   Avoid toxic inks and adhesives, and use more all-natural cleaning
        products;
    -   Recycle old cell phones, PDAs, inkjet and toner cartridges and
        rechargeable batteries at any STAPLES Business Depot or through a
        municipal household hazardous waste program.
    

    About STAPLES Business Depot

    STAPLES Business Depot was founded in Toronto in 1991. It is Canada's
largest supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and
business services for the small business and home office customer. The company
is an everyday low price retailer. The chain operates stores in all provinces
across Canada under the banners STAPLES (R) Business Depot(TM) and BUREAU EN
GROS(TM). The company has over 13,000 employees serving customers through more
than 265 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES (R) Business
Depot(TM)/BUREAU EN GROS(TM) is committed to making shopping easy by offering
customers three ways to shop - online, by catalogue and in-store. More
information is available at www.staples.ca.
    Through its corporate giving program - COMMUNITY@WORK - STAPLES will work
in partnership with local community leaders to identify and support programs
and initiatives focusing on three core areas: environment, education and
entrepreneurship.

    About the Conservation Council of Ontario

    The Conservation Council of Ontario is a province-wide association of
organizations and individuals dedicated to conservation and a healthy
environment.
    Its mission is to make Ontario a conserver society supported by a strong
voluntary sector and a conserver economy. Through its current major
initiative, "We Conserve", the Council is helping build a broad-based
conservation movement in Ontario to help people conserve energy, protect
nature, and reduce waste and pollution.

    
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    (1) AngusReid Strategies(TM)national online omnibus of 1010 adults (18 or
        older, half men and half women); margin of error on a sample size of
        1010 is +/-3.2%. March 2007.
    





For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with Chris Winter or
Pete Gibel: Karen Cleveland, Veritas Communications, (416) 482-2248 x 229,
(416) 277-9123, cleveland@veritascanada.com; Alessandra Saccal, STAPLES
Business Depot, (905) 737-1147 x 2363, (416) 570-9978,
alessandra.saccal@staples.ca


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