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Would you like your receipt?: Sustainability perspectives of consumer paper receipts
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This report researches and analyses the sustainability perspectives of paper receipts, focusing on the economical, environmental and social aspects using a qualitative research method and by simultaneously drawing inspiration from the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) model. The result section is conducted by using a literature review where a combination of previously used sources within my masters program is analysed and by reviewing articles and statistics in the search engine at the Uppsala University e-library database. The overall research purpose, to assess the sustainability of consumer receipts, is achieved by using the concept of sustainable development as the theoretical framework. This report suggests that there are some sustainability concerns with the current consumption of the traditional paper receipt, mainly in the context of environmental and social considerations. Three different alternatives to the traditional paper receipt are furthermore discussed as examples of potential routes forward. Two of the alternatives, electronic receipts and introducing a charge on paper receipts, are arguably the two most sustainable alternatives to regular paper receipts. The third alternative cannot be perceived as equally sustainable since “BPA/Bisphenol-free” receipts contain other chemicals equivalently hazardous to humans and the environment. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 20 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 292
Keyword [en]
Sustainable development, paper receipts, BPA, Sustainable Impact Assignment (SIA)
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296254OAI: diva2:936932
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2016-06-02, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 17:31 (English)
Available from: 2016-06-15 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2016-06-15Bibliographically approved

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