1-Trees fell each year
In America alone, more than three million trees and nine billion gallons of water are used to produce receipts paper.
(In the US alone, 640,000 tons of the papers which is produced every year is used for paper receipts. About 3 million trees are felled to produce the papers which end up in the nearest trash bin. Also, nine billion gallons of water is used during production.)
2-Emission of CO2
Printing paper receipts in US emits 28000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere the equivalent of 400,000 cars on the road.
(The huge number of receipts which is printed around the world from the beginning stage of their production to the end produces 302 million pounds of solid waste and emits 28,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere the equivalent of 10,000 flights worldwide or more than 400,000 cars on the road.)
3-Difficulty in receipt management
Paper receipts are so prone to get lost, crumbled, and faded. This is a big challenge for users to keep them.
(most people reported that they lose their receipts 5 times a month. The problems arise when proof of purchase is required for a refund, warranty or personal or business expense tracking. Although email receipts exist, they are generally lost in a person’s inbox and require keyword searches to find.)
4-Toxic paper receipts
About 93% of paper receipts are toxic thermal which is coated with Bisphenol A & Bisphenol S that can be absorbed by body.
(Nearly 93% of paper receipts are toxic thermal which is coated with (BPA) and (BPS) that not only can be absorbed by body when individuals touch them, but also into nature. So, they are non-recyclable. According to researchers in 2015 the content of BPA in thermal paper receipts is about 1% -3%.BPA and BPS can cause serious disease such as diabetes, thyroid cancer and sterilization of men.)
Paper receipts cause financial costs to companies. They spend about $5000 to $18000 each year only on thermal paper receipt.
(According to a staggering statistic, nearly one million companies (23% of businesses) still manage their expenses manually. It takes more than a day each month for the accounting team to process expenses. That extra day costs $5000 per year. Also, the average cost of purchasing paper receipts is between $0.015 to $0.05. That means if a store prints 1000 receipts per day, every year $5,475 to $18,250 has been spent on just buying thermal paper.)
Not only is it time-consuming to store paper receipts, but also they take up a lot of space. It is not easy for users.
(People and businesses need to keep and organize receipts for a range of purposes including to track item spending, giving and receiving refunds and reimbursements, preparing financial statements, and for tax purposes. People keep receipts in folders, bags, and purses and are thus likely to get lost, while businesses rely on workers who may be careless to follow their storage procedures.)