If you've been to CVS, you've likely gotten a receipt that could be measured with a yard stick. The pharmacy giant is known for its lengthy paper receipts, but our Skip the Slip campaign has pushed it to make some big changes.
These small slips carry within them a big waste of natural resources and use a Bisphenol S coating (aka BPS, a similar chemical to BPA, and linked to endocrine-disrupting health problems). We’ve urged CVS to switch to phenol-free, recyclable receipt paper which it’s now implemented in all 10,000 stores.
Receipt production consumes millions of trees and billions of gallons of water while generating greenhouse gas emissions and solid waste. We’ve urged CVS to boost access and participation for its digital program. CVS has increased promotion of its digital option which it reports has saved 49 million yards of receipt paper – that’s more than enough to circle the globe!
Sign our letter thanking CVS for taking these important steps and encouraging it to keep making progress to reduce waste throughout its operations.
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Dear Larry Merlo, President & CEO, CVS Health:
I’m reaching out today because I appreciate the changes CVS has made to eliminate toxic chemicals from its receipt paper and improve its digital program to curb wasteful receipts. These are important steps to protect consumer and environmental health. I join Green America in encouraging CVS to build on this progress by continuing to increase digital receipt participation, and reducing waste generation throughout your company’s operations overall. Two high-impact actions would be to reduce your direct mail sent to customers and to commit to only use high recycled content paper.
Thank you again for the progress you’ve made and for your consideration,
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