Canadians who buy school supplies are considering sustainable products for
back to school

78 per cent of people who purchase school supplies bought eco-responsible school supplies in the past and nearly all are considering eco-responsible back-to-school supplies for the upcoming school year

RICHMOND HILL, ON, July 12 /CNW/ - A recent Staples(R) Canada and Angus Reid Public Opinion survey found that three-quarters (78%) of Canadian school supply buyers have purchased eco-responsible school supplies in the past and nearly all will consider buying environmentally responsible school supplies this year (94%). The top products desired in eco-responsible formats are paper, notebooks and envelopes and most would also consider sustainable alternatives for pencils, printer ink and file folders.

"The survey shows that sustainable practices have become a way of life for many Canadians," said Pete Gibel, Chair of STAPLES Canada environmental committee and VP of merchandising.

With sustainable, back-to-school products being top of mind for so many students and parents, here are a few of the many eco products now available:

To view Eco-responsible products 2010 please click here:

    -  STAPLES brand eco-responsible notebooks are made from 80 per cent
       bagasse, a sugarcane waste. STAPLES' bagasse line also uses eco-
       responsible vegetable and water-based inks for printing.

    -  Avery 1" binder, 100 per cent recycled chipboard. Binder rings can be
       quickly removed for easier recycling at the products end of life.

    -  Westcott Kleenearth scissors have eco-responsible handles in assorted
       fun colours made from 70% recycled plastic. The handles are protected
       with Microban for antimicrobial product protection.

    -  Papermate biodegradeable ballpoint pens, with components made from an
       exclusive biodegradable material, won't be found in landfills.
       Majority of components biodegrade in soil/home compost in about a
       year. See disassembly instructions on packaging.

    -  STAPLES EcoEasy USB Key casing is made of 100% renewable bamboo and
       the PVC-free packaging is more compact and uses 72% less plastic than
       previous packaging. Plus, it's made from 65% post-consumer materials.

    -  FSC Certified Multiuse Paper - 500 sheets, an eco-responsible paper
       product certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, an independent
       organization supporting responsible forest management.

STAPLES makes shopping for school supplies easy, with more than 310 central locations, a great low-price guarantee and over 2,000 eco-conscious products in-store to choose from. STAPLES Canada identifies many eco-preferable products with the Eco Easy symbol.

The retailer has collected and recycled over two-million empty ink and toner cartridges. The back-to-school destination has also set a goal to eliminate harmful PVCs from its own brand packaging by the fall, as well.

*Journalists please note: an FTP site has been set up at for easy downloading of high-resolution product photos.

About STAPLES Canada

Founded in Toronto in 1991, STAPLES Canada Inc. 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 Canada and Bureau en Gros(MC). Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2009 Corporate Reputation Survey ranked STAPLES Canada/Bureau en Gros in the top five. The company has over 13,500 employees serving customers through more than 300 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES, STAPLES(R)/ Bureau en Gros(MC) is committed to making shopping easy by offering customers three ways to shop: online, by catalogue and in-store. More information is available at

From April 16 to April 17, 2010, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 2,011 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada.

SOURCE Staples Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Public Relations Manager, STAPLES Business Depot, 905 737-1147 ext. 2363,; Rachel Swiednicki, Public Relations Specialist, STAPLES Business Depot, 905-737-1147 ext. 2714,

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