Easy on the Planet


The Easy on the Planet symbol is used to identify a group of carefully-selected products that meet our specific environmental criteria. Readily accessible information makes the environmental benefits of each product easy to understand.
We recognize that you may have different definitions or ideas of what makes an eco-conscious product.

That’s why we always seek to detail the eco-features of our products so you can decide which product meets your own definition of “green.”

The Staples Easy on the Planet icon is used to identify a category of eco-conscious products that we believe demonstrate reduced environmental impacts compared to other products in their category.  Our wide assortment of environmentally responsible products will help you meet your environmental goals. 
Products that qualify must meet one or more of the following criteria:

Before a product is considered Easy on the Planet, the supplier must first agree to the Supplier Code of Conduct. Upon agreement with this Code,
individual products are then reviewed against the appropriate criteria.

A product is considered Easy on the Planet if it has one or more of the following certifications:

  • European Ecolabel
  • Blue Angel
  • Nordic Swan
  • FSC
  • PEFC
  • Energy Star Certified
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified
  • Austrian Eco-Label
  • Fairtrade
  • TCO Certified
  • NF Certified
  • Bra Miljöval
  • KRAV
  • BPI
  • EN13432 Certification of Biodegradability and Compostability
  • Or, other independent and approved third party certification

For more information on the certifications in scope please see third party certifications document (PDF). Also, a product may qualify for Easy on the Planet if it meets one or more of the following criteria specific to product category:

Paper, Notebooks, Writing Pads, Calendars, Labels, Printing and Forms:

  • Must contains at least 30% post-consumer recycled content

Filing and Storage:

  • Paper- Must contain at least 30% post-consumer recycled content
  • Non-Paper- Must contain at least 20% post-consumer recycled content or 40% total recycled content

Desk Accessories, Conference and Presentation Products:

  • Paper- Must contain at least 30% post-consumer recycled content
  • Non-Paper-Must contain at least 20% post-consumer recycled content or 40% total recycled content

Writing Instruments and Drafting Supplies:

  • Pens: Must contain at least 50% recycled content and must be refillable
  • Pencils: Must contain at least 50% recycled content and must be refillable and non-toxic
  • Markers and Highlighters: Must be refillable
  • Lead Refills, Correction Products and Drafting Supplies: Must contain at least 50% recycled content

Office Essentials and Postroom Supplies:

  • Adhesives, Scissors, Staplers, Punches and Office Clips: Must contain at least 20% post-consumer content or contain 40% total recycled content
  • Envelopes: Must contain at least 20% post-consumer content
  • Shipping and Packaging Supplies: Must contain at least 30% post-consumer content

Technology Products:

  • Business Machines: Must be remanufactured or solar powered
  • Batteries: Must be rechargeable
  • Computer Accessories: Must contain 50% post-consumer recycled content

Ink, Toner and Ribbons:

  • Must be remanufactured or contain at least 50% post-consumer recycled content

Facility Supplies and Catering Supplies:

  • Must contain at least 30% post-consumer recycled content

Business Cases and Accessories:

  • Must contain at least 20% post-consumer recycled content or 40% total recycled content

Business Interiors:

  • Chairs and Chair Mats: Must contain at least 30% post-consumer recycled content
  • Other: Must contain at least 50% post-consumer recycled content

 

For more information contact Desmond Devine - European Product CSR Manager

desmond.devine@staples.eu