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Staples Makes More Happen with School Supplies that Change the World

Staples and Me to We Support Education

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 6, 2015-- This back-to-school shopping season, Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is partnering with Me to We, an innovative social enterprise, to make more happen for education by supporting their educational partner, Free The Children. Available exclusively at Staples stores nationwide, each Me to We school supply purchased at Staples makes an impact that transforms a person’s life – from clean water to school supplies and health care.

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Me to We Journal (Photo: Business Wire)

Me to We Journal (Photo: Business Wire)

“At Staples, customers can purchase the Me to We line of school supplies and make a positive difference for the millions of children around the world who face barriers to education and poverty,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president of North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “Staples has long had a passion for supporting education, and we are proud to work with Me to We to make more life-changing experiences happen.”

The Me to We line of school supplies is made from eco-friendly materials with unique designs and ranges from backpacks and water bottles to binders, notebooks, dividers and more. Each product provides a specific life-changing impact; purchasing a Me to We backpack gives a student overseas school supplies, a notebook will provide medicine and the purchase of a water bottle ensures clean water for one week. Each of these impacts contributes to meaningful, sustainable change through Free The Children’s development projects, with the ultimate goal of empowering communities to end the cycle of poverty.

All Me to We products come with an eight-digit code for customers to track the impact of their individual purchases as part of the Me to We Track Your Impact initiative online at www.TrackYourImpact.com.

Full list of impacts:

Me to We Core Notebook provides medicine.
Me to We 10.5” Notebook provides farm seeds.
Me to We Journal provides medicine.
Me to We Composition Book provides medicine.
Me to We Casemade Binder provides one tree.
Me to We Portfolio provides clean water.
Me to We Dividers provides school supplies.
Me to We Backpack provides school supplies.
Me to We Pouch provides clean water.
Me to We Water bottle provides clean water for one week.
Me to We Rafiki provides one year of school supplies to one child.

ACCO Brands, a manufacturer and distributor of office products, is a proud manufacturer of the Me to We products.

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For additional product information, visit www.staples.com/metowe

About Me to We

Me to We is an innovative social enterprise that offers socially conscious products and services, including socially conscious and environmentally friendly clothes and accessories, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs and materials, an inspirational speakers bureau, and books which address issues of positive social change. In addition, half of Me to We’s net profit is donated to Free the Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission. Visit www.metowe.com for more information.

About Staples

Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and break room supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Source: Staples Inc.

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