Thermal Receipt Paper and Recycling: A Better Choice for Earth Day
Earth Day is the annual time calling upon all of us to reflect on our actions and how we can better help protect the environment. In a world where sustainability has gone mainstream, there are many things we can do every day of the year to help the Earth. A great choice for helping your business supplies be more sustainable is to opt for thermal receipt paper.
What is Thermal Receipt Paper?
One of POS Paper’s most popular products, thermal receipt paper is a type of paper that employs a special coat that allows it to change color when exposed to heat. This paper is used with a thermal printer that carefully heats small portions.
This allows the thermal paper to display high-quality images and text. Additionally, this type of receipt paper nearly instantly cools down, meaning you don’t have to worry about the text smearing from handling. This makes it one of the most useful business supplies.
Can You Recycle Thermal Receipt Paper?
One question that many customers of POS Paper ask is whether or not they can recycle this business supply. In the past, there were concerns about recycling thermal receipt paper due to specific chemicals such as BPA and BPS.
However, you can now purchase phenol-free thermal receipt paper that does not contain BPA or BPS. Without these chemicals, recycling thermal receipt paper is just as easy as recycling any other type of paper. Customers can simply discard it in their normal recycling bin with no need to worry since the paper does not have these harmful chemicals.
Can This Change Help Sustainability?
Yes, utilizing phenol-free thermal receipt paper to allow for recycling can have a huge impact. While there are many sources of the items that end up in landfills, paper contributes to over 85 million tons (or 2 billion trees) in the U.S. alone each year!
Encouraging customers to recycle their receipts can help move some of this from the landfill to create new products that reduce the need for lumber. Even if a customer still tosses their receipt in the wastebasket, thermal receipt paper without BPA and BPS means that it can be much more safely disposed of without the risk of leaching these chemicals into the environment.
While there are many things you can do to help promote Earth Day year-round in your business, using recyclable thermal receipt paper is a great way to show your commitment to sustainability while enjoying the many other benefits of this important business supply.