Paper Receipts; Environmental and Health Threat
Paper receipts may be a means of keeping evidence of payment, but they have unnecessary environmental impacts and expose workers and customers to toxins. Extraction and use of these resources has effect on the climate which is not favourable, a reminder that we need to continue replacing outdated, wasteful items with innovative solutions.
These paper receipts have health risks, as an estimated 93 percent of paper receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS), endocrine-disruptors which serve as color-developers to make the text appear on receipts. During contact with the receipts, the chemical coating is absorbed into our bodies through our hands.
These chemicals have dangerous impact, and links to reproductive impairment, type 2 diabetes, thyroid conditions, and other health concerns. Reducing paper receipts and other disposable items can also be good for business as well as it helps to cut down cost spent on these items. This cost increase is one reason why reducing the automatic printing of unwanted paper receipts can save business money over the long-term.
Companies should seek available options that can lessen environmental impacts and reduce health risks for employees and customers by replacing the use of paper receipts. Digital receipts can be used instead as the world has evolved to a digital village.