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Facts about paper receipts you might now know.

Victoria Waba,  Content Marketing Manager
Victoria Waba
Content Marketing Manager
2 min read

This year’s Earth Day on April 22 is all about the motto “Invest in our planet”. Did you know that single-use paper receipts have a bigger impact on our health and the environment than you might realize?

Paper receipts contain BPA

The chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) commonly found in the thermal paper that is used for the printing of paper receipts, has been linked to various health issues, including cancer. Since BPA is readily absorbed through the skin, especially cashiers and people who handle receipts frequently are exposed to higher levels of the harmful substance than the general population.

Paper receipts are non-recyclable

As most receipts are printed on thermal paper, which has a chemical lining, they cannot be recycled as paper. Paper receipts for single use are usually printed automatically, which leads to them being thrown away as direct waste. Digitizing receipts is the most sustainable option for providing and archiving receipts.

Paper receipts use a lot of resources

The production of paper receipts requires significant amounts of natural resources. Besides the environmental impact of thermal paper, using non-thermal alternatives generally means higher printing costs for businesses. In thermal paper, the heat-sensitive coating material reacts to the heat generated by the thermal printer to produce the text or image. Because no ink or toner is required, the cost is lower compared to non-thermal printing methods. By contrast, digital receipts do not require physical materials, reducing waste, and saving businesses time and money.

Go digital with the digital receipt by fiskaly

Switching to digital receipts not only makes the shopping experience more convenient for customers, it also saves valuable resources. Our eco-friendly solution offers carbon-neutral receipts that are coming from the cloud. As a result, wastepaper is reduced and contact with pollutants is limited.

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