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Staples New Paper Products and Compostable Kitchen Items Help
Businesses Reach Sustainability GoalsInnovative Renewable and Recycled Materials Qualify Products for
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Feb 09, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.,
announced today its new Sustainable
Earth by Staples(TM) janitorial paper products and compostable kitchen
items including cups, plates, and cutlery. Staples developed these
eco-preferable alternatives by using renewable resources, such as
plant-based plastics and sugarcane, as well as recycled fiber and
post-consumer content. By using innovative materials, these products
have earned leading environmental certifications byGreen
Seal and Biodegradable
Products Institute (BPI). The new products offer a solution to help
businesses cost-efficiently reach their green procurement goals.
Businesses are demanding quality products that are better for the
environment. Staples makes it easy for businesses to order the products
they need to meet their sustainability goals. By purchasing through
either Staples Advantage or www.staples.com,
businesses are reducing costs and improving operational efficiencies.
"Organizations are looking for simple ways to make their offices more
sustainable," said Lisa Hamblet, vice president for the facility
solutions and services business of Staples Advantage. "With our
Sustainable Earth by Staples line, companies now have the ability to
conveniently and cost-effectively purchase environmentally-preferable
kitchen and paper products that perform as well as traditional
alternatives, yet have less of an impact on the environment. We believe
small and easy changes can add up to a better environmental impact for
businesses and the planet."
Sustainable Earth by Staples(TM) Compostable Kitchen Products
The new Staples kitchen product line is Biodegradable Products Institute
(BPI)-certified and is an environmentally-preferable alternative to
conventional paper and plastic cups, plates, bowls and cutlery without
sacrificing quality or superior performance. Products with the BPI
Compostable Logo have met American Society for Testing and Materials
(ASTM) International standards for biodegradable products and have no
detrimental impact on composting, agriculture or soil.
Highlights of the Sustainable Earth by Staples(TM) kitchen products include:
- Compostable cups and lids - Created for
both hot and cold beverages, these cups and lids are made from
corn-based materials and all components are 100 percent compostable.
- Compostable cutlery - These durable
forks, knives and spoons, which complement the Sustainable Earth
compostable plates and bowls previously available, are made from sugar
cane and are microwave-safe.
Sustainable Earth by Staples(TM) Janitorial Paper Products
The new janitorial paper products are made from 100 percent recycled
fiber, with a minimum of 40 percent post consumer content. Many of these
products are also certified by Green Seal, a non-profit, third-party
certification organization that certifies that these products contain
100 percent recovered paper fiber, the minimum percentage of
post-consumer material claimed, and meet the Green Seal(TM) environmental
standard for bleaching, packaging and removal of ink.
The Sustainable Earth by Staples(TM) janitorial paper products include:
- Napkins - These offer a minimum of 60
percent post consumer recycled content and are whitened without
- Hard roll paper towels - Designed for
drying hands or cleaning messes, these towels offer a minimum of 80
percent post consumer recycled content.
- Bath tissues, jumbo roll bath tissues and facial
tissues - No dyes or fragrances have been added to these
tissues. The bath tissues are also Green Seal certified.
"We know that small businesses are looking for ways to be more
sustainable and not break the bank," said Anabela Perozek, vice
president of marketing for Staples.com. "With our new janitorial paper
products and compostable kitchen items, we're making it easier for
businesses to improve the sustainability of their office on a budget."
Staples makes it easy for businesses of all sizes to keep offices
stocked with kitchen and cleaning essentials. From
environmentally-preferable kitchen products to large-scale cleaning
chemicals, Staples has solutions for companies in locations nationwide
through Staples Advantage and Staples.com.
About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to the
Fortune 1000, including global businesses, local, state and federal
government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions. The
Staples Advantage one source solution includes comprehensive products
and services from office supplies, technology and printing to
promotional products, furniture and facility
supplies. Dedicated to providing organizations with greater cost
savings and improved ordering efficiencies, Staples Advantage provides a
customized level of account support and best-in-class customer service.
More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.com.
Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to
making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products and
services. Our broad selection of office supplies, electronics,
technology and office furniture as well as business services, including
computer repair and copying and printing, helps our customers run their
offices efficiently. With 2009 sales of $24 billion and 91,000
associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North
and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia serving businesses of all
sizes and consumers. Staples invented the office superstore concept in
1986 and today ranks second worldwide in e-commerce sales. The company
is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq:
SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
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