BPA on Receipts and Most Dollar Bills

Bisphenol A (BPA) made the news a few months ago after being found on receipts, but a recent report which found that 50 percent of thermal paper receipts contain BPA also found that it is very predominant in paper money as well. According to the report, “On the Money: BPA on Dollar Bills and Receipts,” released Wednesday by the Washington Toxics Coalition, BPA was found in 11 of the 22 receipts, and 21 of 22 dollar bills tested.

The chemical–commonly used to strengthen clear, hard plastics, and food can liners–has been shown of to disrupt the hormone systems of animals, and had been found to be highly prevalent in humans. Known as an endocrine disruptor (chemicals that can act like hormones), studies show that BPA can mimic the female hormone estrogen. In 2009 the scientific group, the Endocrine Society, published a 34-page report stating strong evidence of ill health effects from endocrine disruptors, including harm to the reproductive system, causing malformations, infertility and cancer.

Unlike the BPA in plastics, the BPA in paper can rub off on the skin. According to the report, BPA that makes contact with skin easily passes through it.

“We did some rough calculations on how much exposure you could expect to have from receipts if you were to crumple them, and it ended up [similar to] what Americans get from food,” said Erika Schreder, author of the report. “[Exposure from receipts] seems to be in the ballpark of what people thought was the most critical exposure route.”

The worst transference of BPA to the skin came from crumpling a receipt between two fingers and a thumb five times. This sort of crumpling deposited more than 10 times the BPA on the skin as simply holding a receipt between a finger and thumb for 10 seconds.

“On the Money” was conducted in partnership with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a coalition of parents, health professionals, environmentalists and businesses concerned with toxic chemicals.

For more information, see:
BPA Found on Cash Register Receipts

Canada Declares BPA to be Toxic
BPA Wrecks Sex


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago


Ernie Miller
william Miller5 years ago

why is it on money?

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Need gloves to handle anything anymore. :(

Luna ButterflyMoon
Past Member 5 years ago

Why not do as the Australians, and use polyphrophylene (PP) as the lining for the dollar-bills? PP is a very hard plastic and BPA-free as well...

Mary L.
Mary L.7 years ago

Thanks for info

April Thompson
April Thompson7 years ago


Jennifer S.
Jennifer A7 years ago


Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado7 years ago

How do you avoid thermal paper since it is almost every where like gasoline receipts and ATM receipts?

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B7 years ago

Thanks for the info

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago

thanx for post