Getting Rid of Paper Receipts

If you are a business owner, you probably have a stack of paper receipts sorted by category (meals, office supplies, gas) and by year.

It's time to consider getting rid of the paper receipts! Don Fornes over at Software Advice is giving an open challenge to retailers to "please kill the paper receipts" because of some facts he learned about how these receipts are being generated. 

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50% of forests have been cleared and 50% of that is for paper. 9 million trees a year, just for paper. It takes approximately 15 trees to produce a single ton of paper. Receipt paper demands in the US are 640,000 tons per year. This equates to 9,600,000 millions trees cut down each year just to produce paper receipts. 

Please go and take the poll at the bottom of the page and check out the comments.

You know how committed I am to decreasing solid waste and becoming more energy-efficient.

As a retailer we've done away with paper receipts, sending all of our items electronically and accepting payments online with e-mailed or faxed invoices and receipts.

If you're a business owner:

  • consider going paperless with your own business
  • offer the option to not print a receipt
  • find ways to allow electronic purchasing and receipting

If you're a consumer:

  • think about if you truly need that paper copy of the receipt
  • switch to paperless statements for banks and credit cards
  • become conscious about your daily purchasing habits 

While trees are renewable resources, they take time to plant and grow. Consider the impact of your one little receipt multiplied by 6 billion people in the world: maybe you really don't need that piece of paper.

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Monica S. Flores of 10kWebdesign is committed to educating, empowering, and connecting women in business — she believes in the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profits. She is available for consulting on web development, green business practices, and women in business.

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