1000 Flowers for the Planet - #315 Decline Receipt Printouts
Every time you make a purchase you have an opportunity to make a difference by declining receipt printouts. Initially you’ll need to ask if the receipt is automatically printed out or not, because you can only make a difference if it is not printed out. Some vendors ask if you want it or not, yet it is still printed out and they simply toss it in the bin when you say “no thanks”. That’s not achieving much. Perhaps, in the long run, lots of people asking this question may encourage traders to program their registers to only print out receipts on request, rather than lazily accept that they always print that receipt. As the purchaser, you still have the power to discover which vendors can help you make a difference: the petrol/gas station; the supermarket; the bread shop; the greengrocer; the butcher; the dress shop – all of them. Of course, there will be occasions when you need that receipt, but if buying the vegies isn’t a tax claim, you don’t need a receipt. See how much paper and ink you can save.