Fashionably Paperless


It’s not uncommon for me to have a week old collection of receipts living in the bottom of my handbag – from the ATM, Starbucks, my local pharmacy and dry cleaners. Just the other day as I dug through the overflow in search of my ringing cell phone, it occurred to me that I could save a lot of trees if I stopped uselessly collecting receipts.

I went paperless long ago, converting all my billing and banking to the internet. Now I check balances and transactions any time of the day or night. So unless I need a receipt for a business expense reimbursement, I thought I’d try to wean myself off this wasteful paper trail. Great idea, but not a new one I’ve since learned.

During a late-night internet browse I happened upon these comfortable and brilliantly simple t-shirts from C&C California. The suggestion to “Go Paperless” was born from The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time, which reports that “paper receipts are one of the biggest sources of litter on the planet”.

Brilliant! But there’s more – written in small type inside the tee near the label we’re told how many feet of paper would be saved if everyone in the U.S. just said “no” to the ATM receipt. So say yes to the t-shirt at $68. The message is worth the price and you’ll be reminded to say no to the receipts.

Image: C&C California