|Staples Announces Finalists of Global Search for the Next Green Office Product|
Staples, in partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Institute for Sustainability, issued a call to action to leading technology institutions around the world. The challenge prompted students to develop a new design of an existing product that represents greater environmental responsibility or sustainability; one that uses an eco-innovative material; or a completely new product that promotes sustainability. Each finalist team consists of up to five students from the participating universities.
"The Global EcoEasy Challenge is a way for students from some of the world's leading technology institutions to apply their design and engineering expertise to develop a product that will benefit the greater good," said Mark Buckley, vice president of environmental affairs for Staples. "Staples' commitment to designing more environmentally responsible products as compared to conventional products is evident by our own EcoEasy and Sustainable Earth brands, in addition to the thousands of other eco-preferable products and services that we offer our customers."
The finalist teams include:
EcoEasy Challenge Finals
On April 20, the finalist teams will formally present their concepts to a panel of judges at New York Academy of Sciences in New York City. Finals judges include:
One grand-prize winning team will receive $25,000 and first- and second-place teams will receive $5,000 each.
"With conservation and sustainability such a vital part of our curriculum, the Rochester Institute of Technology was thrilled to work with Staples to bring the Global EcoEasy Challenge to life," said Dr. Nabil Nasr of the Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Institute for Sustainability. "We issued this challenge to the next generation of environmental and engineering leaders and the intellectual capital returned combines innovation and environmental awareness."
For more information or to sign up for updates on how to take part in next year's Staples Global EcoEasy Challenge, visit https://ecoeasychallenge.com.
About Staples' Environmental Commitment
Staples long-standing commitment to sustainable business practices is based on four key environmental cornerstones: recycling, offering a wide assortment of eco-preferable products, investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy and educating customers and associates about sustainability. Through its EcoEasy commitment, Staples makes it easy for customers to make a difference for the environment by offering more than 3,000 eco-preferable products and providing everyday, in-store recycling for computers, office technology, personal electronics and ink and toner cartridges. For more on Staples environmental initiatives, please visit www.staples.com/ecoeasy.
Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products and services. Our broad selection of office supplies, electronics, technology and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and copying and printing, helps our customers run their offices efficiently. With 2009 sales of $24 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 25 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia serving businesses of all sizes and consumers. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today ranks second worldwide in e-commerce sales. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
SOURCE: Staples, Inc.