The History of the Receipt

Check out our infographic about the history of the receipt to learn how these little pieces of paper came to be and what will happen to them in the future.

Did you know that receipt paper is responsible for 1.4 billion pounds of trash being dumped into landfills every year? How about the fact that it takes 1.2 billion gallons of water to produce paper receipts in the U.S. each year?

Paper receipts are terrible for the environment, but they are also as common as snow on Antarctica. Luckily, the use of paper receipts is on the decline as more stores now offer eReceipts, and individuals and businesses are going paperless by digitizing and then recycling their receipts. But how did these little pieces of paper come to be? Check out the infographic below to learn the history of the receipt across the globe.


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Author: Emily Farrar

At Shoeboxed, Emily focuses on keeping our users happy and engaged. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Public Relations and an avid Tar Heels fan. She enjoys traveling, staying active and spending time with her six-year-old Maltese, Madam.