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Office Depot Provides Tips to Help Growing Percentage of 'Green' Consumers and Businesses Start off the New Year Right

Recommendations Include Replacing Lights with CFLs; Changing Settings on Printers to Automatically Print on Both Sides; and Recycling Technology

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Monday, January 14, 2008 8:46 am EST

Dateline:

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
ODP
US6762201068

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Office Depot (NYSE:ODP), a leading global provider of office products and services, is helping its customers achieve a more sustainable 2008 with a variety of products and services. According to a recent Office Depot survey, many business professionals and consumers are already taking steps to be more environmentally friendly, including recycling ink and toner and using energy saving lightbulbs. Additionally, Office Depot found that 79 percent of respondents consider themselves at least moderately green meaning they try to reduce, reuse and recycle when they are able to.

The Office Depot survey also found the following:

  • 85% of respondents claim to already use energy saving lights, such as Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs);
  • 82% recycle their ink and toner cartridges;
  • 76% use refillable products, such as pens and pencils; and
  • 65% use both sides of the paper for copying and printing.

An environmentally-preferable office and home are very attainable for todays business professionals and consumers especially with the guidance of Office Depots Greener Office, said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Environmental Strategy Advisor for Office Depot. Simple changes such as switching to recycled paper, printing on both sides of the page, recycling empty ink and toner cartridges, replacing incandescent lights with CFLs and recycling old technology can help anyone improve their sustainability in 2008.

Office Depot offers simple tips to help your home and office:

  • Look Back, Then Forward. Take a moment to review your achievements from 2007 and see where your business has had the greatest environmental impact (i.e. increased green purchasing, reduction in overall waste, decreased energy and fuel usage, etc.). Determine where there is room for improvement and where to put your focus in 2008.
  • Buy Green. Whether purchasing products for the office, home or even the classroom, customers have more choices than ever when it comes to green products. Recycled content paper and chairs, CFLs, Energy Star-rated electronics, non-toxic cleaning supplies, and biodegradable packing peanuts are all products that are readily available as green options. For a list of green products, visit www.officedepot.com/buygreen.
  • Recycle and Reuse. Recycling has never been so convenient. Look for opportunities to recycle paper, cell phones, ink and toner cartridges and technology. Office Depot offers an in-store Tech Recycling Service that accepts monitors, laptops, computer peripherals and even items such as DVD players and small televisions. For a complete list of acceptable products, visit www.officedepot.com/techrecycling.
  • Power Down. Turn off the lights when a room is not in use. Unplug the cell phone charger, shredder or any other office electronic when not utilizing it. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 75% of the energy used to power electronics in the home is consumed while the products are turned off. Simple behavior changes like these can both conserve energy and reduce electricity costs.

For more information on Office Depots environmental initiatives and to view the Companys recently published Corporate Citizenship Report, visit www.officedepot.com/corporatecitizenship. To view the Office Depot Greener Office, visit: http://mediarelations.officedepot.cc/environment/green-office.asp.

About the Survey: The Office Depot Survey was designed to gain insights into consumers' and business professionals feelings towards green products. The online poll surveyed 358 people from September 14-28, 2007.

About Office Depot

Office Depot provides more office products and services to more customers in more countries than any other company.

Incorporated in 1986 and headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla., Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $15.5 billion, and employs approximately 52,000 associates around the world. Currently, the Company sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 43 countries.

Office Depot is a leader in every distribution channel -- from retail stores and contract delivery to catalogs and e-commerce. As of September 29, 2007, Office Depot had 1,212 retail stores in North America and another 384 stores, either company-owned, licensed or franchised, in other parts of the world. Office Depot serves a wide range of customers through a dedicated sales force, telephone account managers, direct mail offerings, and multiple web sites. With $4.8 billion in online sales during the last twelve months, the Company is also one of the worlds largest e-commerce retailers.

Office Depots common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index. Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com. Press materials and background specific to Office Depots environmental initiatives and product offerings is available at http://mediarelations.officedepot.cc/environment.

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Office Depot introduces Greener Office(TM) to guide business and consumers in achieving a more sustainable new year. (Photo: Business Wire)

Contact:

Office Depot, Delray Beach
Melissa Perlman, Public Relations, 561-438-0704
Melissa.Perlman@officedepot.com