Staples CA ‘Easy on the Planet’ | Staples CA
“The bullfrog power printer is a good way to connect with the consumer; coupled with Staples’ wider strategy to provide more sustainable products, it is clear they are driving change for a more sustainable future. Very solid strategy.”
--Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards judge
Created in 2007, “Easy on the Planet” is Staples Canada’s commitment to providing greater awareness of their desire to preserve the environment, and to growing the business in a sustainable manner. Staples Canada’s initiative went from an informal committee to having a dedicated Steering Committee with two vice presidents on board and four working groups of several cross-functional representatives and external partners leading the development, implementation and management.
Staples Canada’s efforts focus on four pillars: Easy to Choose (environmentally preferable products), Easy to Recycle (internal and external recycling programs), Easy to Operate (sustainable operations and energy efficiency) and Easy to Impact (fostering education and awareness).
Staples Canada partners with Call2Recycle to collect and recycle batteries, diverting over 71, 370 kg of batteries as of the third quarter of 2013.
The company collects ink and toner at every store location and – along with their national electronics recycling partner, eCycle Solutions — expanded its electronics take back program to over 250 retail locations and collecting 2,486.40 MT of electronics as of Q3 2013.
In April 2012, alongside their exclusive retail partners TerraCycle and Newell Rubbermaid, Staples Canada launched a writing instrument recycling program, which has collected and recycled 11,039 pens and markers.
In terms of energy efficiency, Staples CA says more than 200 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 reduce electrical consumption by over 11%. Staples Canada also reduces lighting output during summer months. The retailer’s Lights Out Program allows them to reduce electrical consumption in June and July, resulting in a reduction of over 2.4 million KW last summer.
Staples Canada recently announced a partnership with Bullfrog Power to power 11 stores and two office buildings, making them the 10th largest purchaser of renewable energy in Canada. Together, the companies launched the bullfrogpowered Printers Program, helping reduce emissions by more than 225 tonnes of CO2. From September 25 until October 25, any inkjet printer purchased at Staples was bullfrogpowered with 100% clean, pollution-free electricity for one full year, courtesy of Staples Canada. The program helped reduce emissions by more than 225 tonnes of CO2.
Pictured: Steve Matyas, president, Staples Canada, and Leigh Pearson, director of facilities, environment and procurement, Staples Canada prepare electronics for recycling.