A California legislator has proposed a bill that would require companies to issue electronic receipts rather than paper receipts.
Phil Ting (D), a member of the San Francisco Assembly, introduced the bill titled "Skip the Slip" at a press conference Tuesday, reported KPIX-TV. Standing next to Ting, a staff member was draped in an oversized receipt that listed the reasons for the bill.
"Most of us do not need a physical receipt for every transaction." It does not make sense to kill as many trees and produce 12 billion of them. Carbon emission books, the equivalent of a million cars on the road – you do not often need it, "said Ting in a statement to KPIX.
The measure, if approved, would require all businesses to provide receipts in text form or by email by 2022, unless a client specifically requests a hard copy.
Ting cited a study by Green America, an environmental group, which claims that as many as 10 million trees and 21 billion gallons of water are used each year to produce revenue in the United States.
He also pointed out that most paper receipts contain chemicals such as bisphenol-A (BPA) and bisphenol-S (BPS). Both chemicals are also present in many commonly used plastics.
Legislators in the Bay Area added that paper receipts can not be recycled.
"Guess what? [receipts] can not be recycled because of BPA, "Ting told reporters. It's a common sense legislation.
"It's really about putting power back on consumers by saying," Hey, if you want paper, you can ask for it, "he continued." But why make you take the paper? ? "
Are chemicals really dangerous?
Some scientists believe that exposure to BPA can have adverse health effects.
"Exposure to BPA is a concern because of the possible effects of BPA on the health of the brain, behavior and prostate of fetuses, infants and children," according to the Mayo Clinic. "Further research suggests a possible link between BPA and an increase in blood pressure."
The controversy prompted the Food and Drug Administration to ban BPA and BPS from plastic baby bottles and plastic cups in 2012. The following year, its use in infant formula packaging was banned.
However, the FDA still asserts that BPA is safe at current exposure levels.
"Based on the ongoing review of the safety of scientific evidence by the FDA, the available information continues to confirm the safety of BPA for currently approved uses in food containers and packaging", according to the FDA website.
If the bill passes, businesses that do not do so will be fined up to $ 300 a year, according to the bill.