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10 August 2013 | Adam Leach
US cable TV network Home Box Office (HBO) has been identified as the leading purchaser of green stationery products in the glamorous world of entertainment, according to Office Depot”Ž.
The network, which has produced hit TV shows Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and The Wire, was recognised by the office supplies retailer for showing a stronger preference for products with green credentials than any of its competitors that also buy from Office Depot.
Other companies recognised by the firm included JPMorgan Chase for certified paper sourcing, Hilton Worldwide for environmental engagement and DLA Piper in the legal sector.
The awards announcement came as Office Depot published a green purchasing policy. The document, developed with input from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), updates the retailer’s policy on paper, which had not been changed since 2004. Covering all categories of paper and paper based packaging, the guidelines set minimum requirements on certification of suppliers on sustainability, set targets for improvement and explicitly excludes unwanted sources, such as paper made from fibre from forests of high conservation value.
Linda Boykin, vice president of merchandising at Office Depot, said: “By offering a clear perspective on how different papers are greener, our new paper policy allows our buyers and our customers make informed decisions on their paper purchasing.”
Last year HBO apologised after a model of former US president George W. Bush appeared among severed heads in an episode of Game of Thrones. It was later digitally removed from the scene.