Major retailer makes progress across various sustainability programs
TORONTO, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Staples Canada, leader in office supplies
and Canada's largest online retailer, today announced their
sustainability achievements for the first quarter of 2013. The company
started the year with an expanded focus on sustainability and has made
significant progress in recycling, reducing energy consumption and
expanding its assortment of sustainable products. Staples Canada's
sustainability programs are part of the company's long-term commitment
to growing the business in a sustainable manner, and reducing its
impact on the environment.
"Being an environmentally conscious company is a top priority for us,
and we're committed to being transparent with our performance," said
Pete Gibel, vice president of merchandising at Staples Canada and Chair
of the Staples Canada Environmental Committee. "We are holding
ourselves accountable through quarterly reporting and expanded
sustainability programs, and, most importantly, we continue to make it
easy for our customers to have a positive impact on the environment."
Staples Canada Sustainability Programs Continue to Make an Impact
One year after the retailer's first sustainability report, Staples
Canada continues to strengthen its sustainability programs:
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 in 2012, more than double the
amount collected in 2011 when the retailer collected over 23,000 kg of
batteries. During the first quarter of 2013, Staples Canada helped
divert 23,860 kg of batteries with a goal of collecting 60,000 kg this
Ink and Toner Return Program
Staples Canada collects ink and toner at every store location in Canada.
In 2012, over 2.5 million cartridges were collected, with the same
amount collected in 2011. This year, Staples Canada hopes to match that
same amount. With a target to collect 5 million ink cartridges by Earth
Day 2014, the retailer continues to encourage Canadians to drop off
used ink and toner cartridges at any Staples Canada location. 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
In an effort to divert at least 3,000 metric tons of electronics yearly,
Staples Canada, alongside their national electronics recycling partner,
eCycle Solutions, expanded its electronics drop-off program to over 250
retail locations as of early 2013. Launched in 2012, the retailer
collected and recycled 3,000 metric tons of electronics last year and
780.24 metric tons in the first quarter of 2013 with a goal of
collecting 3,600 metric tons of electronics in 2013.
In April 2012, Staples Canada, the exclusive retail partner of
TerraCycle and Newell Rubbermaid, launched a writing instrument
recycling program. This program focuses on taking back used writing
instruments such as pens, pencils, markers and highlighters. Last year,
the retailer successfully collected and recycled 197,000 units that
were shipped to TerraCycle where they were effectively recycled. The
retailer hopes to collect 200,000 units this year.
Staples continues to source and offer customers alternative,
eco-responsible products, such as Forest Stewardship Council Certified
Multiuse paper, and continues to add products featuring independent
environmental certifications such as Rainforest Alliance and Energy
Star. Products featuring recycled content or with and various other
environmental design features are also a focus for the retailer
In-store, Staples currently offers over 3,400 products which have at
least one eco-attribute, with many more available online.
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.
Over 200 Staples Canada store locations were converted to 25 watt
lighting by 2011. By the end of 2012, a large majority of Staples
Canada store locations ran on 25 watt light bulbs, helping to reduce
electrical consumption by over 11%. In support of its plan to reduce
electrical consumption by an additional 5% in 2013, Staples Canada
plans to replace the HVAC units in several retail locations as well as
retrofit exterior lighting.
Staples Canada also reduces lighting output during summer months through
its Lights Out program. This year, the retailer's Lights Out program
will allow them to reduce electrical consumption in June and July by
over 2.4 million KW.
Business-to-Business division of Staples 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
$500,000 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
2013, they launched 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 Inc.
For further information:
For more information the Staples Canada environmental platform or programs contact Madalina Secareanu, Marketing Communications Specialist, Staples Canada at 905 737 1147 ex. 2714.