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
In 2012 the company exceeded many of its sustainability program specific
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 Staples Canada
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 of Quebec and Staples Canada in all other provinces, the
company employs over 15,000 associates at 330+ stores and at their head
office in Richmond Hill, 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. Visit www.staples.ca for more information, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
SOURCE: Staples Canada
For further information:
For more information on Staples environmental platform or programs contact Madalina Secareanu, Marketing Communications Specialist, Staples Canada at 905 737 1147 ex. 2714 or Alessandra Saccal-Tremblay, Public Relations Manager, Staples Canada at 905 737 1147 x 2363.