Students are going "green" for back-to-school

    Over 85 per cent of Canadian households with school-age children will
    consider ecologically friendly options while back-to-school shopping

    TORONTO, July 24 /CNW/ - In a recent STAPLES(R) Business Depot(TM) and
Angus Reid survey, STAPLES discovered that Canadian families are 75 per cent
more interested in "green" options today than they were five years ago. While
back-to-school shopping for their school-age children, 85 per cent of parents
will consider buying environmentally friendly products.
    STAPLES is committed to offering "green" products for customers, with
more than 2,000 eco-friendly items available for customers, STAPLES makes it
easy to stay environmentally friendly when buying school supplies.
    "It amazes me how environmentally conscious today's young generation is.
They really care, and they want to do their part in helping sustain the
environment," said Steve Matyas, president of STAPLES Business Depot. "I think
retailers have an obligation to provide a choice."
    The survey also indicated that only three per cent of parents would not
consider buying eco-friendly back-to-school products for their kids.
    Because teenagers and parents will be expecting environmentally friendly
options when shopping for their back-to-school items, Staples Business Depot
is proud to offer a wide variety of eco-friendly products at all 298 locations
across Canada, and online.
    "Raising awareness around our eco-friendly products is a key initiative
for us this year. I want our back-to-school shoppers - parents, students and
teachers - to know that we are working hard to provide options and choices
that make a difference," said Matyas.
    Just a few samples of green products available:

    -   HILROY Enviro-Plus brand refill paper for binders and Hilroy exercise
        books are manufactured in Canada using 50 per cent recycled paper and
        30 per cent post-consumer waste

    -   STAPLES brand 100 per cent recycled copy paper is made from
        100 per cent post-consumer recycled content

    -   SARASA ZEBRA ECO retractable gel pens contain 81 per cent
        post-consumer content

    -   DOMTAR EarthChoice offers a selection of environmentally friendly
        paper products for home, school and office, certified by the Forest
        Stewardship Council (FSC).

    -   STAPLES brand 5-tab and 8-tab write-on dividers are partially made
        from post-consumer content

    About STAPLES Business Depot

    Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd. 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(MC)
with over 13,500 employees serving customers through 298 office superstores,
catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES(R) Business Depot(TM)/Bureau en Gros(MC) is
committed to making shopping easy by offering customers three ways to shop:
online, by catalogue and in-store. STAPLES Business Depot was recently ranked
number one by the 2008 Marketing/Leger Corporate Reputation Survey.
    More information is available at

For further information:

For further information: Alessandra Saccal, STAPLES Business Depot,
(905) 737-1147 x 2363, (416) 570-9978,

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