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
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
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.