From the BPA Files: How Bad Are Paper Receipts For Us?

February 7, 2012 / No Comments

receipts 1024x682 From the BPA Files: How Bad Are Paper Receipts For Us?

We’ve been bombarded over the past few years with news about the dangers of BPA (Bisphenol-A), a suspected toxic chemical in many plastics.

Almost every plastic item these days has a label declaring it to be BPA-free and all healthy and good for the environment – as good as plastic can be, I suppose.

But many of us were surprised by the news a couple years back that cash register receipts had even more BPA than many plastic bottles and the like. It never gained as much traction, I suppose, because receipts aren’t as sexy to write about as baby bottles.

So the New York Times re-discovered the study in the fall, and a new round of examination began.

No surprise that Lemon, a startup that helps you organize your receipts online, came out with this infographic on the issues of BPA in paper receipts, but it does break down the data nicely and offer some suggestions on how to handle receipts.

For example – did you know that alcohol-based cleaners speed up absorption of BPA on your skin? So those hand sanitizers are no good to help you out. I’m not sure who gives receipts to their children to play with, but I suppose it’s a good reminder not to do that, either.

According to a previous story we did on the study, BPA is used in cash register receipts because it acts as a color developer in carbonless copy paper, as well as in thermal paper.

Anyhow, you can see a previous story we did on the study, back in 2010, and then this infographic from Lemon for the skinny on BPA in paper receipts:

Lemon Paper Receipts1 From the BPA Files: How Bad Are Paper Receipts For Us?