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April 19, 2011

STAPLES ADVANTAGE LAUNCHES 2011 online GREEN GUIDE to help BUSINESSes reach sustainability goals

In response to the increasing demand from businesses of all sizes for easier “green” procurement, Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., today announced the launch of its 2011 Green Guide. Available through Staples Advantage’s newly enhanced environmental website, the 2011 Green Guide features more than 1,400 environmentally-preferable products – spanning office supplies, technology, furniture, cleaning and breakroom items and more. Combined with the environmental webpage, interactive features and educational resources, Staples Advantage’s Green Guide helps businesses reach sustainability goals and find solutions for their unique needs.

Features and enhancements of the Green Guide include:

Online-only. This helps reduce waste associated with paper catalogs. According to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), about 17 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers and businesses each year – producing enough carbon dioxide to equal the annual emissions from 1.7 million cars.

Extensive product selection. This includes chairs made from recycled soft drink bottles; 100 percent recycled paper towels for the kitchen and breakroom; sustainable cleaning products that are high performing and safe alternatives; multi-function, energy-saving printers and gel-ink pens made from recycled plastic bottles.

Eco-Dictionary. Explanations of leading “eco”-related terms – from “environmentally-preferable products” to “GREENGUARD certified” to “ENERGY STAR qualified.” Users can click the new Eco-Dictionary to find out and see how their product selections stack up.

Eco-Education. Interactive features, including clickable images, tips and quizzes, help users brush up on the importance and impact of sustainable business practices. The on demand webinar series with regularly updated content offers leading industry insight on a range of topics including green cleaning programs, LEED certification and selecting a green cleaning team.

Easy-to-use features. Post-It notes for flagging pages and products, quick browse to help customers easily find products, click-to-buy options and more, support convenient and efficient purchasing.

The Green Guide and environmental website are part of Staples Advantage’s robust offering of green solutions for businesses. Additional programs designed to help customers achieve their sustainability goals include ink and toner recycling , technology and small office electronics recycling, customized educational materials, green calculators and more.

Other environmental initiatives throughout Staples, Inc. include a recently launched Sustainable Earth by StaplesTM compostable kitchen and janitorial paper product line, the Global EcoEasy Challenge to design innovative sustainable products and the introduction of 50+ electric trucks to the Staples delivery fleet.

Staples Advantage executives are available to discuss the Green Guide and the company’s commitment to green practices.