We’re live! It’s been about a month since we first hit app stores — find us on both iOS and Android. Time to ditch paper and make a move into digital receipts!
If you haven’t run into our app yet, Plutus is a free tool that aims to increase the widespread adoption of digital receipts (and eliminate the use of paper receipts in the process). According to Green America’s Skip the Slip Report, paper receipt use consumes over 3 million trees and 9 billion gallons of water each year in the US, resulting in over 4 billion pounds of CO2 (equivalent of 400,000 cars) and 300 million pounds of solid waste. In addition, over 90% of paper receipts are coated in harmful chemicals that also prevent recycling. Yeah, not cool.
To combat the environmental harm of paper receipts, you can use Plutus to gather digital receipts wherever an email receipt option is offered. The process is pretty simple:
- Download Plutus and create an account
- Choose your PlutusID
- Buy something
- Choose the email digital receipt option and use your PlutusID Address in place of a personal email (yourPlutusID@plutus.id)
And that’s it. It’s SO easy to use. Read more below about some of the main features packed into this initial release:
Every receipt is itemized with whatever original information is given to us by the merchant. Easily share your receipts via text, email, or whatever other digital method you prefer.
This one’s pretty self explanatory. No more searching those 10,000 unread emails for a single receipt, or searching old texts so you can file that pesky expense report. You’ll know where to find things with Plutus.
No need to give up your personal email address to every single merchant when you want a digital receipt. By using your PlutusID Address, you can prevent unwanted spam and marketing emails from ever hitting your inbox.
Ok, so you actually want those marketing emails. Or hey, maybe you get event updates from your favorite local brewery. Not a problem — simply turn Email Forwarding on in the Settings tab, and we’ll forward every email that is sent to your PlutusID Address.
Literally. Try it out. Use your PlutusID Address as your Apple Pay email address. Stick it in your Uber account. And of course, type that baby in at your local coffee shop! (Tip: many brick and mortar stores will save your email address, so you won’t even have to type this in each time)
We’ve partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects to plant native trees in impoverished countries. This helps to stabilize poorer regions and reforest the planet! Seedlings also have a top-tier 80% survival rate, so we’re not simply throwing seeds around for brownie points.
Digital receipts not doing it for you? Discover other environmentally-friendly brands in the Marketplace tab! We try to update this every so often, so be prepared to see new brands regularly. We’d love to tell you that digital receipts are the key to saving the planet, but there are definitely other areas that can help too.
And that’s about it. We’re already hard at work making improvements, so please take a second to download Plutus and let us know what you think! If you love it as much as we think you will, please leave us a review in your favorite app store. And of course, if there are any features and/or improvements you want to see in the future, send us a message or email — we want digital receipts to be right for everyone.