Office Depot Will Use Paper Bags To Save Trees

By offering its delivery customers the option of receiving their order in paper bags, rather than cardboard boxes, Office Depot hopes to eliminate millions of pounds of paper waste.

During pilot testing of the GreenerOffice Delivery Service program, Office Depot found that a whopping 90 percent of eligible customers voluntarily opted into the program. Based on these test rates, the company estimates it will be able to replace approximately 4.5 million pounds of cardboard boxes with about 0.9 million pounds of paper in the first 12 months of the program, saving approximately 20,000 trees. Additionally, switching from boxes to bags will also eliminate the need for plastic air pillows, which are petroleum intensive and hard to recycle.

Customers that opt into the program will find their order delivered in paper bags that contain 40 percent post-consumer recycled content. The paper bags will be protected during transportation in reusable plastic totes, which also contain 60 percent post consumer recycled plastic, and will be taken back by drivers and reused for future deliveries (Environmental Leader).

“Office Depot’s material footprint from cardboard use is significant,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, director of environmental strategy for Office Depot. “This program, championed very effectively by our Supply Chain team, delivers a triple win: our customers win because the paper bags are more convenient to open and recycle; Office Depot wins because we continue to enhance our environmental leadership; and the ecosystem benefits because fewer materials are needed, and less waste ends up in our landfills.”

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Tom McCurry
Tom McCurry7 years ago

This is awesome and a great move for all concerned. Still, I wish that Office Depot declared the other obvious "win." This is great for their bottom line. Bags are far less expensive than all those boxes and shipping materials.

Sheri P.
Sheri P7 years ago

YAY! Way to go Office Depot!

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Tim Cheung
Tim C7 years ago


Adam Robb
J. Adam Robb7 years ago

I work for Office Depot in sales and it's nice to have another to like working for them.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W7 years ago

good idea

Sheila D.
Sheila D7 years ago

What a great idea! Now to just figure out how to eliminate disposable packing material altogether.....

Chris Ray
Chris R7 years ago

That's great news! Thanks Beth!~

Akin Adelakun
Akin Adelakun7 years ago

Thank you for the information.

Laurie H.
Laurie H7 years ago

Happy News and Thankful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~~~