Carbonless Copy Invoice Template


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A carbonless copy invoice, or “no carbon required” (NCR), allows duplicate copies to be made when pressure is applied when writing. Used to be known as a “carbon invoice”, although in today’s invoices they do not contain the harmful chemicals used to make the traditional version. In a carbonless invoice, the writer applies pressure on the invoice and ink is released onto the following pages.


Carbon vs Carbonless

The main difference is carbon paper uses a dust-like chemical to transfer the writing on the duplicate pages and carbonless paper uses ink.


Type Makes Duplicates Uses Ink? Uses Harmful Chemicals Highly Flammable?
Carbonless Yes Yes No No
Carbon Yes No Yes Yes
Thermal Yes No Yes No

 Thermal Invoices (dangerous!)

Thermal paper is made from using a sheet of paper coated with a thermal reactant that is used to create invoices or receipts. The thermal reactant, known as BPS (Bisphenol S) and BPA (Bisphenol A), have been found to have dangerous levels in 93% of the paper studied in a report from the Ecology Center. BPS (Bisphenol S) which impairs blood functions and BPA (Bisphenol A) have harsh effects on the brain along with cancer risks.

Where to Get Carbonless Invoices (Order Online)

Below are the three (3) best websites to order carbonless invoices.

  1. Amazon
  2. Staples
  3. Walmart

How a Carbonless Invoice Works

3 Pages – In a carbonless invoice there are usually three (3) pages, white (original), pink, and yellow. The duplicate copies will mimic what is written on the original.

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