CVS cuts enough paper receipts to circle the world twice every year

CVS pharmacy

Our Skip the Slip campaign confronts the problem of super long receipts, which are a waste of paper and water and usually not recyclable, and receipts coated in BPA and BPA, which are harmful to human health.

We focused on CVS since it was notorious for its very long receipts, urging CVS to boost customer access to and participation in its digital receipt program instead of providing paper receipts.

In response, CVS increased promotion of its digital receipt option for two years’ running and now sends 104 million digital receipts per year. 

CVS reports that digital receipts are saving 90 million yards of receipt paper – that’s more than enough to circle the globe twice! 

CVS also switched to non-toxic, recyclable receipt paper for customers that want paper receipts, which it’s now implemented in all 10,000 stores.

In addition, CVS converted its pharmacy bags to unbleached paper made with 90 percent recycled content. The bags are recyclable. And through the use of a new online portal, they reduced the use of paper-based drug fact sheets, saving an additional 700 million pages of paper.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Skip the Slip campaign. Thanks to you, CVS made big progress on saving resources and protecting human health. This is a very big win for people and the planet. Together, we can create change.