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Office Depot Announces Forest Stewardship Council-Certified Domtar EarthChoice(R) Paper Now Widely Available for First Time in the U.S.

Submitted by: Office Depot, Inc.

Categories: Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Jul 03, 2007 – 03:38 PM EST

 

First Major Office Solutions Provider to Offer Paper Certified to FSC Standards and Endorsed by the Rainforest Alliance

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. & FORT MILL, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 3, 2007--Office Depot (NYSE:ODP), a leading global provider of office products and services, and Domtar (NYSE:UFS), the largest maker and marketer of office and printing paper in North America, today announced that Domtar EarthChoice Office Paper is now widely available to customers in the U.S. through www.officedepot.com and through Office Depot's North America Business Solutions Division. The product will also be available in Office Depot retail stores in the U.S. in late July.

Domtar EarthChoice Office Paper meets the rigorous standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which is regarded as the "gold standard" of forest management by many businesses and environmental groups. FSC certification helps ensure forests are conserved through responsible management practices, such as legal wood harvesting, respect for the rights of workers and indigenous communities, and protection of wildlife habitats.

Domtar EarthChoice Office Paper is endorsed by the Rainforest Alliance, an organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices and developing markets for sustainable products. EarthChoice Office Paper is also quality-tested and competitively priced.

"Today, businesses are taking action to reduce their environmental footprint, and consumers are rewarding those companies," said Steve Barker, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Domtar. "EarthChoice Office Paper offers the highest forest management standard, while offering excellent value in terms of quality and price."

"Office Depot supports a number of major third-party forest certification programs," said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Environmental Strategy Advisor for Office Depot. "By adding FSC-certified office paper to our assortment of environmentally-preferable products, we reinforce our vision to increasingly buy green, be green and sell green."

Support from the Environmental Community

-- Tensie Whelan, Executive Director of the Rainforest Alliance

"The Rainforest Alliance applauds this development that makes it simpler than ever for consumers and businesses to buy paper that comes from responsibly managed forests. Domtar should also be commended for its bold commitment to work toward FSC-certification of all its forests and operations."

-- Steve McCormick, President of The Nature Conservancy

"We and our conservation partners count on certification to verify and facilitate responsible forest management. Office Depot's introduction of FSC-certified office paper sends a very strong, positive market signal to industry and consumers alike. Office Depot is to be congratulated for its leadership."

FSC-Certified paper is also supported by a number of other environmental groups, including Greenpeace, ForestEthics and Dogwood Alliance.

Domtar EarthChoice Office Paper is available at www.officedepot.com and Office Depot's new Buy Green website at www.officedepot.com/buygreen.

For more information on Domtar EarthChoice Office Paper, visit www.domtarearthchoice.com

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 over $15 billion, and employs approximately 52,000 associates around the world. Currently, the Company sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 42 countries.

Office Depot is a leader in every distribution channel -- from retail stores and contract delivery to catalogs and e-commerce. As of March 31, 2007, Office Depot had 1,174 retail stores in North America and another 360 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 $4.5 billion in online sales during the last twelve months, the Company is also one of the world's largest e-commerce retailers.

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.

About Domtar Corporation

Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX:UFS) is the largest integrated producer of uncoated freesheet paper and one of the largest manufacturers of papergrade market pulp in North America. The company designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing, publication as well as technical and specialty papers with recognized brands such as First Choice(R), Domtar Microprint(R), Windsor Offset(R), Cougar(R) as well as its full line of environmentally and socially responsible papers, Domtar EarthChoice(R). Domtar owns and operates Domtar Distribution Group, an extensive network of strategically-located paper distribution facilities. Domtar also produces lumber and other specialty and industrial wood products. The company employs nearly 14,000 people. To learn more, please visit www.domtar.com.

About The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The FSC is an international non-profit organization founded in
1993 to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests. It supports the development of national and regional standards to evaluate whether a forest is being well-managed. For more information on the FSC, visit www.fscus.org.

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For more information, please contact:

Melissa Perlman Office Depot, Delray Beach
Phone: 561-438-0704
Lewis Fix Domtar EarthChoice
Phone: 847-687-9339

 

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