2016 - Retail & Consumer

Retail & Consumer

Leigh Pearson

Director of Facilities, Environment and Procurement, Staples Canada

When it comes to helping customers minimize the after life impact of products they purchased, no retailer in Canada has identified as many ways to partner as Leigh has created for Staples. New, in-store and pick-up recycling programs include batteries (120,000 kg diverted last year alone), old binders, Keurig Brewers, writing instruments and shrink wrap. The largest retail partner of inventive recycler TerraCycle, Staples now offers a post-consumer solution for almost everything Staples sells on line!  On the energy front, Staples was the first to launch an exclusive green energy offering for small businesses, facilitating an easy sign up for 100% green electricity from Bullfrog Power. Walking the talk, they added another four of their own Copy & Print production centers to their Bullfrog Power partnership, reducing the environmental impact of their customers’ energy-intensive copy and print jobs.