My Sister ranted about the US post office receipt she received.

“I just measured my receipt … 4½” of actual receipt and 8¾” of junk. Each and every person who buys something at the PO gets 8¾” of paper that they don’t need. If the USPO would only print the information that actually relates to your purchase they would not be in debt!”

Think about it. Every bit of paper adds up, right? Kmart (not that I go there very often, thank goodness) does the same thing–adding several inches of unnecessary stuff to extend the receipt. Our grocery store piles on an extra 5″ telling you all about how much money you saved; what rewards points you earn. Seester’s local grocer prints front and back—how slick is that?

I’ve gotten the occasional half-sheet receipt from Amazon, but it’s not the norm. Kohl’s adds several inches to their receipts—in part because they always ask you to complete a survey on your customer experience.

When I buy something at the Apple store, they ask if I want a hard receipt or emailed. Email always works for me.


We recycle on garbage days because glass, plastic, cardboard, and aluminum are all accepted curbside. Easy as can be. We save newspapers and magazines and drop them in a collection box at a local church–they make money from it.

At the same time, we buy cases of bottled water. Why? I think they’re more sanitary than our reusable bottles. I allow myself this quirk because we recycle the bottles.

Our greenness fluctuates. I’m happy that we’re making an effort and figure that we’ll continue to find other ways to save our little corner of the earth.

How green are your daily interactions?


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