I hate receipts. They accumulate way too quickly only to get tossed or eventually put in a shoebox. Even worse is when a cashier hands me a receipt and I toss it in the garbage before I walk out the door. The amount of waste and the environmental impact of receipts is totally unnecessary in today’s digital world and I don’t understand why more businesses don’t offer e-receipts. I try to decline paper receipts and purchase tickets to shows and movies online whenever possible. It’s a simple way to eliminate the amount of paper waste that so easily accumulates in your wallet, purse or around your home, but it also helps businesses cut down on their environmental footprints. Simply put, e-receipts decreases the number of trees that need to be cut down. Less paper waste = more trees = better air quality + less clutter. All of this appeals to my sustainable and zero-waste goals!
E-receipts and online purchases don’t only reduce clutter and save trees, they also save water and oil. It takes thousands of gallons of water and hundreds of gallons of oil to make approximately one ton of paper. Being able to reduce the waste of those resources is a big bonus to eliminating paper receipts.
If environmental consciousness isn’t enough to encourage you to go receipt-less by signing up for online options, how about saving green in the financial department? There are great benefits for signing up to receive e-receipts from your favorite retailers: coupons, discounts, first notices, and purchasing suggestions are just some of the incentives for going paperless. I know I’ve managed to save a good amount of money by simply giving out my email address. If you’re worried about being inundated by too much spam it’s easy to create an email account just for this purpose.
One more thing, it’s not a good idea to recycle paper receipts because they’re usually printed on thermal receipt paper and can contain Bisphenol-A (BPA), which is not good for you or the environment. Unfortunately, if you end up with paper receipts that you need to get rid of, go ahead and throw them in with the landfill waste instead of recycling or composting them with other paper products.