Staples Sustainability Survey Finds that 90% of Businesses Engage in Sustainable Activity Regularly

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), an industry leader in sustainable efforts, found that more than 90% of businesses practice some form of eco-friendly activity regularly, including recycling, making energy-efficient choices, and/or shopping for more eco-friendly products.

“Making daily green choices is not a trend, it is a regular ritual and a priority for our customers,” said Mark Buckley, vice president, environmental affairs, Staples, Inc. “Our survey found that both businesses and individuals engage in some form of regular eco-friendly activity both in the workplace and at home, and are actively seeking environmentally conscious choices. Staples is excited to be a trusted partner through our large sustainable product assortment and extensive recycling services.”

The Staples sustainability study revealed:
• 89% of businesses and consumers believe that eco-friendly products are the same or higher quality than non-eco products
• While 74% of consumers recycle containers made of glass, metal or plastic, only 51% recycle electronics at the end of their life
• 59% of businesses implement one or more energy efficient practices

The findings come from the Staples sustainability survey, conducted by Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc. to further understand the commitment of businesses and consumers to sustainability in the workplace and at home. This 2016-2017 customer sustainability survey was conducted online, among 600 U.S. consumers and 1,300 businesses (small businesses to commercial and enterprises), from December 28, 2016 to January 6, 2017. Those surveyed were the office or household product and service decision-maker or influencer.

Earlier this month, ENERGY STAR recognized Staples for its energy efficiency practices, awarding the company an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for the eighth year in a row. This recognition is just one of the many ways Staples is leading the industry in various sustainable practices including conserving energy, selling more sustainable products and recycling. In 2016, Staples, the only retailer to offer completely free electronics recycling year round, helped customers recycle more than 25 million pounds of office technology and sold more than $4 billion in products with environmental features globally.
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