Smart Planet: Office Depot testing small store format with eco-twist
Retail giant Office Depot is downsizing stores across the United States, as part of its strategy to reduce energy consumption and to highlight sustainable products that might be of interest to green-minded consumers.
The company’s store in Portland, Oregon, is the latest to get one of these makeovers under the experiment — and it is also the first store to feature a new green labeling brand from EPEAT, which rates computers and other technologies for a number of factors such as energy efficiency, materials choices and end-of-life disposal strategy.
That brand, called EcoSense, is the first consumer version of the EPEAT methodology used by many larger companies and government agencies to evaluate technology for environmental credentials. The rating system covers desktop computers, integrated systems, workstations, monitors, laptops and (in the near future) printers, copiers and televisions. Full story