With 2013 sales of products with eco-attributes near $3 billion in North America for Office Depot, it is clear that the market for environmentally preferable products is maturing. No longer a niche, greener options are now a major part of our business portfolio.Steve Calkins EVP, Contract Sales
It is very exciting to partner with customers and help them reach their environmental goals by offering unique green tracking tools that are not typically seen in our industry.Jennifer Miller Vertical Market Manager, Contract Sales More About Maryland Stadium Authority LEED certification
At OfficeMax Australia we offer a wide range of environmentally sound products and are dedicated to educating customers and staff on leadership environmental practices.Gerald de Lacey General Manager - Office Products, OfficeMax Australia
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: