Saving you from saving receipts
I abhor receipts. For years I’ve always had an oversized wallet, which looks impressive until you realize it’s full of receipts, not cash. I try to be diligent about purging them. Sometimes I take them out, stuff them in an envelope, which gets lost in my desk . . . and of course, the one receipt that I thought I needed never actually existed. We have a shredder, so sometimes I’ll go on a shredding spree . . . and that, of course, is messy. Why are we still dealing with receipts in a paperless age? In an age where everything is automated and encrypted, receipts seem so quaint and unnecessary. Wouldn’t it be easier if we could store these records online, perhaps accessible by my mobile device, and if I need to return or exchange an item, I can just get my refund and move on? And to me, it’s the small stuff that we should sweat. Little bits of plastic and other harmful materials are ending up in that horrific Pacific Garbage Patch . . . the small pieces of packaging and plastic are what bothers me, which is why I prefer to buy in bulk if I can. Receipts may be small, but here are some facts:
- Most receipts are made from thermal paper, which is full of chemicals and cannot be recycled.
- Receipt paper demand in the USA requires about 600,000 to 700,000 tons of paper each year.
- Almost 10 million trees are cut down annually just to provide paper receipts.
- One ton of paper requires 15 trees.
- Approximately 400 gallons of oil are required to produce one ton of paper.