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Office Depot Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Earth Day by Helping Customers to Grow Greener

Office Depot Continues Its Commitment To Buy Green, Be Green, And Sell Green With New Earth Day Initiatives

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 10:00 am EDT

Dateline:

BOCA RATON, Fla.

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
ODP
US6762201068
"By helping our customers to grow greener, we are planting a seed to encourage everyone, no matter how environmentally conscious they may already be, to grow greener in ways that are meaningful to them. We believe every small step counts."

BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Office Depot (NYSE: ODP) has launched a series of green initiatives under the theme of “Grow Greener.” Recognized as an environmental leader around the world, Office Depot is also working hard to help its customers grow greener with thousands of eco-preferable office products, along with solutions and special offers for small and medium businesses.

“Growing greener is a key philosophy for us at Office Depot,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Office Depot’s Director of Environmental Strategy. “By helping our customers to grow greener, we are planting a seed to encourage everyone, no matter how environmentally conscious they may already be, to grow greener in ways that are meaningful to them. We believe every small step counts.”

As part of its Earth Day 2010 program, Office Depot has created a new website at www.officedepotgrowgreener.com and is encouraging customers to submit their own ideas on how their business is growing greener. For each green idea submitted, Office Depot will plant a tree on the customer’s behalf with the goal of planting 4,000 trees by the end of May.

Office Depot is helping customers grow greener this Earth Day with activities including:

  • Green Offers for Your Business: Office Depot has created special coupons and offers on its products with environmentally-preferable attributes. The downloadable coupons are available at www.officedepotgrowgreener.com.
  • Featured Green Products: Office Depot has a wide assortment of products with environmentally-preferable attributes with more than 6,500 eco-preferable office products. These smart green solutions are highlighted at www.officedepotgrowgreener.com, with products that can help save resources, fuel and energy and help reduce harsh chemicals. Among the featured products are Office Depot Green™ Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, rechargeable batteries, and energy efficient printers and laptops. Additional details on greener products are available at www.officedepot.com/buygreen.
  • Trade-In, Trade-Up Event - 400 Ton Challenge: Office Depot is also launching a new Tech Trade-In promotion to help customers get money back for their old electronics. Plus, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Office Depot is aiming to collect 400 tons of products during the one month promotion window, helping customers grow greener and prevent e-waste from ending up in landfills. Plus, customers can continue to recycle their old ink and toner cartridges to receive $3 back in Worklife Rewards*. Promotion details are at www.officedepotgrowgreener.com.
  • Office Depot Green Facebook Page: Office Depot is expanding its Facebook page to highlight its “Grow Greener” message, green ideas and pledges and a new green initiative and special green-themed race car paint scheme as part of the Company’s NASCAR sponsorship. Office Depot’s Grow Greener Facebook page is available at www.facebook.com/officedepot. In addition to challenging its customers to Grow Greener this Earth Day by submitting their greener ideas, Office Depot is also showcasing its own associates green activities though video testimonials on how they are integrating environmental efficiencies and initiatives into their everyday jobs. Video testimonials can be seen on Office Depot’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officedepot.

Office Depot has long been recognized as a leader in innovative environmental programs within the office products industry and has been named a Top 10 Retailer in Green Power Partnership by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Office Depot became a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2007 and in February 2008, received a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for its Austin, TX store. As a result of the success seen at the Company’s first green store, Office Depot plans to have all future retail stores (beginning in June 2010) LEED Commercial Interiors (CI) certified. More details on Office Depot’s environmental initiatives and activities are available at www.officedepot.com/environment.

About Office Depot

Every day, Office Depot is Taking Care of Business for millions of customers around the globe. For the local corner store as well as Fortune 500 companies, Office Depot provides products and services to its customers through 1,584 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and a $4.1 billion e-commerce operation. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $12.1 billion, and employs about 41,000 associates around the world. The Company provides more office products and services to more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 51 countries.

Office Depot’s 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.

Media materials specific to Office Depot’s Environmental initiatives can be found at http://socialpressofficedepot.com/environmental-initiatives/.

* Limit 20 ink or toner cartridges a month.

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