Tracked green sales in North America and Europe near $3.2 Billion
One of the defining characteristics of the Office Depot environmental strategy has been a focus on the marketplace. While many environmental programs focus on greening suppliers, we have preferred to focus on greening customers. Our approach has been based on the philosophy that if we can move the marketplace, the supply chain will respond. Our efforts seem to have borne fruit. In 2013, green sales in our main markets in North America and Europe neared $3.2 Billion, proving that green is no longer a niche in the office products marketplace. This shift was supported in no small way by The Green Book catalog.


As well as selling greener products in general, Office Depot has a strong focus on selling greener paper as it is one of our most material environmental impacts. In 2013, 27% of Office Depot paper sales (by weight of fiber) were environmentally-preferable in some way – the majority being FSC certified virgin fiber.

Lastly, our effort to sell greener extends to taking back products for ‘closed loop recycling’ – most notably through Office Depot’s ink/toner and technology recycling programs. In 2013, we took back 5,300 total tons of these products for recycling, including 18.3 million ink/toner cartridges.

Greener Purchasing Awards

One of the unique ways we sell greener is by celebrating our customers who buy greener. As shown in this video, in 2013, we presented Leadership in Greener Purchasing Awards for high overall green spend vs. peers to:


We also presented Special Recognition Awards for these customers who excelled in one aspect of greener purchasing:


Ten Years of Selling Greener