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Mitt's Staples Finally Comes Around (english)
13 Nov 2002
Modified: 14 Nov 2002
Today's announcement is testament to the power of thousands of people joining together against a single corporation to demand environmental change.
Staples Announces Historic Commitment to Endangered Forests and Recycled Paper!

Following a two-year campaign targeting Staples, the world's largest
office supply store, the company today announced a commitment to phase
out paper products originating from endangered forests and dramatically increase its sale of recycled paper products. Activists across the country are celebrating a grassroots victory! Thanks to each of you that helped make this victory possible!

Under Staples new guidelines, an industry-first, the company will:

Phase out purchases of paper products from endangered forests,
including key forests in the Southern US, U.S. National Forests, and
the world's last remaining ancient forests such as the Boreal forests of Canada.

Achieve an average of 30% post consumer recycled content across
all paper products.

Report annually to the public on its progress toward reaching
these goals.

Aggressively market and promote recycled paper products both
in-store and through ads and coupons.

Create an environmental affairs division headed by a senior
executive reporting to Staples CEO.

The Staples Campaign has been a huge grassroots campaign challenging
corporate power and demanding accountability for the environmental
impact of products sold by this office supply giant. The campaign has
included over 600 demonstrations, nearly 35 banners dropped on
storefronts, 21 arrests in acts of civil disobedience, creative street
theater, over 15,000 postcards, thousands of phone calls to the
corporate headquarters and regional offices, hundreds of letters from
concerned citizens, 75 children's drawings, coverage in more than 10
national media outlets and over 50 local media outlets, a shareholder's resolution, and flying the CEO over clearcuts on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. The coalition of groups working on this campaign has involved dozens of local, regional and national groups and thousands of individuals. Today's announcement is testament to the power of thousands of people joining together against a single corporation to demand environmental change.

The announcement comes a day before the 5th National Day of Action
targeting Staples. Instead, we're encouraging people to make Wednesday a day of celebration for the forests- take a hike, contact the press, and celebrate our collective success!

We are now looking to Staples' major competitors, including Office
Depot, Office Max, and Corporate Express to follow Staples lead and
make a commitment to endangered forests and recycled paper products.

We are developing a photo show of the campaign. If you have pictures
of your event on the campaign or media clips, please send them to
kelly (at) and liz (at) .

If you want more information, want to make suggestions for where we
should go next, or get more involved in the Paper Campaign, please give us a call:

Liz Butler ForestEthics 202-487-4908 liz (at)
Kelly Sheehan Dogwood Alliance 828-251-2525 x16
kelly (at)
Bill Holland ForestEthics 415-863-4577 bill (at)
Andrew George National Forest Protection Alliance 919-933-2959
andrew (at)

The groups who have been involved in the paper campaign targeting
Staples include Dogwood Alliance, ForestEthics, American Lands
Alliance, Allegheny Defense Project, Cascadia Forest Alliance, Center
for a New American Dream, groups of Earth First!,, Green Corps, Kentucky Heartwood, Sierra Student Coalition, Southern
Appalachian Biodiversity Project, Free the Planet, Heartwood, Native
Forest Network, National Forest Protection Alliance, Rainforest Action
Network, Rainforest Relief, ReThink Paper, Student Environmental Action Coalition, Wild Alabama, Iowa STEP, Shenendoah Ecosystem Defense Group, GrassRoots Recycling Network, Indiana Forest Alliance and many other local groups.

Kate Smolski
phone: 978-412-8117
cell: 978-590-6988
stopstaples2002 (at)

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Wow. (english)
14 Nov 2002
Stop Staples from what?

If Staples promotes a paltry 30% recycled paper, we still need to special-order our 100% tree-free paper from other sources such as Badger Paper (Envirographic 100% post-consumer waste).

Furthermore, like all corporations, Staples is just a subsidiary of private banks such as the Federal Reserve Corporation and World Bank Group who issue fraudulant debt-notes - like SDRs and so-called "U.S. dollars" - out of nothing, then terrorize the world into "accepting" their dysfunctional currency that values waste over efficiency.

Educate yo'self!
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