Expose Staples Greenwashing
Supply Chain Challenged on America Recycles Day Sponsorship
GA -- The U.S.'s largest network of waste reduction activists
today challenged Staples, the nation's largest office supply chain,
to 'walk the talk' and commit to achieving 50% post-consumer content
for all paper products within two years, and stop seeking public
relations alternatives to action.
GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) joined forest protection advocates
across the country in demanding that Staples take responsibility
for growing forest destruction by stocking recycled paper.
attempt to buy greenwashing cover by co-sponsoring the 5th America
Recycles Day (November 15) -- instead of taking real action -- won't
wash with consumers," said GRRN executive director, Bill Sheehan.
"Staples needs to come clean and do the right thing."
to Staples executives on November of 2000, 97% of the copy paper
Staples sells comes from virgin wood - with only 3% from recycled
resources. In response to the consumer campaign launched a year
ago, Staples recently introduced two new lines of recycled paper
containing 10% and 50% post-consumer recycled fiber.
speak louder than words," said Todd Paglia of ForestEthics.
"With over 200 demonstrations at Staples stores, citizens are
sending a strong message that Staples must get out of the business
of destroying forests. A few token recycled products on their shelves
does not buy credibility."
more than ever, we as Americans realize how important our nation's
forests are for peace of mind and quality of life -- something that
we won't let corporations such as Staples take away. Our forest
heritage is something to protect for our children and our future,"
said Danna Smith of the Dogwood Alliance.
The GrassRoots Recycling Network is a North American network of waste
reduction activists and professionals dedicated to achieving sustainable
production and consumption based on the principle of Zero Waste.
can write an e-letter to Staples CEO Ron Sargent at http://www.grrn.org/take_action/take_action_staples.html.
More information on The Stop Staples Campaign is at