Office Depot launches green product line


Office Depot has launched a new environmentally friendly line of office supplies that will include products with features such as high recycled material content or certification from Green Seal.

The product line called Office Depot Green runs the gamut to include remanufactured ink and toner cartridges, chairs made from recycled content, Energy Star electronics and nontoxic cleaning supplies. The items, designated by bright green packaging, will be available across the company's 1,200-plus stores and online.

The announcement of the product line comes the day after environmental groups ForestEthics and Dogwood Alliance released a report card scoring five major office supply companies on their paper purchasing policies. Staples and FedEx Kinkos topped the list with B+ scores, while Office Depot received a B-, up from a C+ in the group's last report card released in late 2007.

Office Depot received praise in the report card for delivering more Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper and phasing-out products from Asia Pulp & Paper, which has had a checkered environmental record. The groups, however, believe the company must increase efforts to reduce paper sourced from Canadian Boreal Forests.

Meanwhile, Amazon launched Green3. The company aggregated its green products across all of its shopping categories and is giving its most environmentally-conscious customers the chance to build a list of three green products that other people should be using.

The site also offers a discussion area and information on eco-labels, products, energy efficiency and the company's efforts to be more environmentally friendly.