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Staples Sets Environmental Policy

Date : 12th November 2002, Source : Newsgroup


Staples Sets Environmental Policy


Filed at 1:48 p.m. ET

BOSTON (AP) -- Office supply chain Staples Inc. said Tuesday it would aim to sell paper made of an average of 30 percent recycled material as part of a new procurement policy developed in conjunction with environmental groups who had criticized the company.

Under the new policy, announced by the company and environmental groups ForestEthics and the Dogwood Alliance, Staples said it would attempt to average 30 percent "post-consumer recycled content" across all paper products it sells. Some of its products currently hit that mark, but the company said its overall average is only in the single digits. Advertisement

The policy also calls on the company to phase out buying products from endangered forests, though Staples is still working to identify what those would be. The company will also create an executive position to handle environmental affairs.

The Framingham-based retailer was pressured at annual meetings and in reports by activists accusing it of failing to force suppliers into protecting so-called old growth forests, especially the boreal forests of Canada.

ForestEthics acknowledged it focused on Staples because of its well-known brand in an effort to force it, and eventually competitors, into greener policies. The tactic had previously worked with home improvement chains Lowe's and Home Depot.

Todd Paglia, director of the Paper Campaign at San Francisco-based ForestEthics, praised Staples.

"Staples is the leader, and they're going to pull the rest of the market with them," he said.

Staples shares were up 3.9 percent, or 58 cents a share, at $15.39 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market.


Bill Holland
Paper Campaign Organizer

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