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In accordance with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the UK government has committed to becoming a carbon neutral nation by 2050. As the largest private sector in the UK, the retail industry must take drastic steps to decarbonise its products, stores, supply chains and operations if the UK is going to successfully achieve net-zero.

More than 30 million paper receipts are printed every single day in the UK, generating over 28,000 tonnes of carbon each year and costing retailers more than £200 million. It is the unseen environmental issue that no-one’s talking about.

In the UK, it is not a legal requirement to provide customers with a paper receipt when they transact in-store. Plus, more than half of UK shoppers surveyed in 2021 say they want the option to refuse a paper receipt at the till - so why are we still printing them automatically for every transaction?

The UK retail industry has already made significant progress in reducing carbon emissions and achieving the ambitious goals set by the British Retail Consortium’s Climate Action Roadmap. Switching to optional receipt printing* is one of the fastest, simplest ways to cut your annual emissions and reduce recycling and refuse pressures.

* Here at the CARE Shop, we switched to optional receipt printing back in 2018; we are proud to do our bit to help towards the UK government’s commitment to becoming a carbon neutral nation by 2050.

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