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Cardboard boxes are out as part of Office Depot’s GreenerOffice Delivery Service. Customers will now receive supplies in paper bags protected during transportation in reusable plastic totes.

Office Depot plans to replace approximately 5 million boxes with bags in the initial 12 months of national rollout. If the GreenerOffice Delivery Service takes root, the company hopes to replace some 4.5 million pounds of cardboard boxes with about 900,000 pounds of paper.

Customers have the choice to opt in; during the pilot phase, more than 90 percent of eligible customers chose to switch to paper bags. Deliveries will not be made by bag for UPS shipments or large orders like cases of paper.

“This program delivers a triple win,” says Yalmaz Siddiqui, director of environmental strategy for Office Depot. “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.”