Last night I was cleaning out my desk at home and shredding receipts and junk mail. As I was doing this I thought back to a factoid one of my friends had spewed out at a recent event (she’s studying for the LEED exam): by turning down ATM receipts, we can save enough paper to circle the equator 15 times (source: Serve to Preserve)
- Receipt choice – many retailers offer you the choice of whether you get a receipt or not. If you don’t need it (thank you credit/debit card bill), don’t take it.
- Double-sided receipts – Sainsburys is a European retailer who offers double-sided receipts
- Online receipts – allEtronic is now offering a service whereby you can get your receipts from participating retailers such as Best Buy and Target online
- E-mail receipts – While most online vendors already offer this, some bricks & mortar vendors are looking into it as well (Starwood hotels, Apple, National Car Rental)
- Shorter receipts – some retailers are reducing the length of their receipts to improve efficiency, cut costs, and respond to consumer concerns