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Sears Holdings Announces New Sustainable Paper Procurement Policy

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Sears Holdings Announces New Sustainable Paper Procurement Policy

 Sears Holdings to Implement Metafore's Environmental Paper Assessment Tool

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sears Holdings
(Nasdaq: SHLD) is pleased to announce today the release of its new
Sustainable Paper Procurement Policy. The policy is part of a larger effort
by the company to increase its sourcing of environmentally-preferred paper
for its catalogs, retail circulars, direct mail and internal paper usage.

    The Sustainable Paper Procurement Policy is Sears Holdings' commitment
that it will phase out fiber from unwanted sources, and procure paper
sourced from credibly certified forest sources with verified
chain-of-custody and/or recycled sources with a preference for
post-consumer recycled paper. The policy also outlines supplier
requirements and a preferred sustainable supplier program.

    In addition, Sears Holdings is announcing today that it is implementing
Metafore's Environmental Paper Assessment Tool (EPAT) to assist it in the
procurement of sustainable paper. EPAT will provide the company with data
about and transparency into its suppliers' paper sourcing practices which
will facilitate Sears Holdings' implementation of its new Sustainable Paper
Procurement Policy.

    "We are excited to work with Metafore and begin using EPAT," said Bruce
Johnson, interim CEO and president of Sears Holdings. "We are constantly
looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly. Our new policy and
EPAT will allow us to raise the standards we have in place for the paper
that we procure while measuring our progress toward our sustainability
goals in the future."

    Sears Holdings will work with suppliers to get a more accurate
understanding of the lifecycle costs of paper choices based on grade types
and fiber sources available. With EPAT, the company will evaluate
suppliers' paper production processes such as waste, energy efficiency, the
health of natural systems, water, air and climate quality, as well as
community and human well-being.

    "We are very proud about the positive changes that our new Sustainable
Paper Procurement Policy and EPAT will bring to our organization," added
Mr. Johnson. "Sears Holdings is actively engaged with its suppliers and
industry associations to continuously improve the company's prudent use of
natural resources, and to reduce its impact on the environment."

    For more information regarding Sears Holdings' Corporate Sustainability
Initiatives, please visit

    About Metafore

    Metafore, is a non-profit environmental consulting company. For more
information, please go to or

    About Sears Holdings Corporation

    Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation's fourth largest broadline
retailer with approximately 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in
the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance
retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home electronics
and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include
Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including
such well-known labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well
as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has the Country Living
collection, which is offered exclusively by Sears and Kmart. We are the
nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 12 million
service calls made annually. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through
its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation.
For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at

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