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Does Your Receipt Contain BPA?

Does Your Receipt Contain BPA?

Not too long ago, we talked about BPA in cash register receipts. The big problem with BPA in receipts is that it’s “free,” meaning it’s much easier to get a large amount on your skin than from something like a number 3 plastic bottle.

BPA is a hormone disruptor and is linked to other health concerns from cancer to digestive issues.

Until now, the best way to avoid BPA in receipts was to refuse any receipt printed on thermal paper. Thermal paper is the sort that’s a little slippery to the touch and doesn’t require ink to print.

Appleton Paper is the only company that makes BPA free thermal paper right now, and they’ve just announced that they’re adding red threads to their new paper, so that consumers can tell at a glance that it’s from Appleton.

The red fibers are cellulose rayon, which the company claims will biodegrade. I do wonder if the added rayon means that these receipts aren’t recyclable.

Looking for more ways to keep BPA out of your system? Check out 7 Best Ways to Avoid BPA.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her lifeís mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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5:31PM PDT on May 15, 2013


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1:56PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

My goodness,its everywhere:(

11:30AM PST on Jan 18, 2013


10:49AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

besides saving paper, this should help motivate people not to go for unneeded receipts

8:48AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Good to know, Thank You!

8:03AM PDT on May 22, 2011

This is almost like taking the lead out of paperwork. Thanks for the info.

11:22AM PST on Dec 13, 2010

As usual care2 is way ahead of the game on this. I just got a notice from WebMD today about this and had not heard about it. Then when I searched care2, the first article was posted over 6 months ago! Way to go and thanks Becky for this vital information!

8:49PM PST on Dec 11, 2010

Probably does, another carcinogenic to put on our endless list!

8:03PM PST on Nov 27, 2010

thanx for posting.

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