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 are you familiar with the environmental impacts and human health risks behind them?
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). Producing CVS’ notoriously long receipts takes over 35,000 trees and enough energy to power 84,800 refrigerators every year. The pharmacy’s receipt production emits 44 million pounds of CO2 and produces the same amount of solid waste generated by half a million people every day. The phenol coating makes them unfit for recycling, adding even more waste. CVS receipts have been tested and found to have BPS in their coating, which poses health risks for workers and customers.
Green America’s Skip the Slip campaign is calling on CVS to replace its current thermal paper with a recyclable, phenol-free option and expand its digital program to be accessible for all customers. This way transactions can serve all customer needs while reducing environmental impacts and ending employee and customer exposure to potentially harmful toxins.
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Dear Mr. Larry Merlo, President & CEO, CVS Health: As a concerned consumer, I urge CVS to adopt more sustainable practices to curb the waste of natural resources and health risks of thermal paper receipts. The environmental impacts of paper receipts are enormous and unnecessary, since there are a wide range of digital receipt options for retailers. And using receipts coated with Bisphenol S (BPS), a substance linked to endocrine-disrupting health problems, poses risks to workers and customers. I appreciate that CVS has a digital option available for its customers, but your company’s failure to promote this option and continued use of BPS receipts means that the vast majority of your customers are receiving receipts that are bad for them, for your employees, and for the planet. I am joining Green America in requesting that CVS adopt sustainable receipt practices to satisfy customer needs and curb environmental and health effects. I ask your company to expand its digital receipt option to be readily accessed by all customers and for phenol-free, recyclable paper options in all stores by 2020. Thank you for your consideration,
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