It’s Time for Target to Get Hormone Disruptors out of Its Receipts

by Leah Segedie, Author and Founder of Mamavation

Millions of Americans shop at Target every year and are unknowingly exposed to a hormone-disrupting chemical when they handle and sign the receipts. This chemical, BPS, is a cousin to the more familiar BPA. BPS is especially problematic to pregnant women, small children and employees who handle BPS-laden receipts.

“Handling receipt paper is one of the biggest ways you can be contaminated by bisphenols, like BPA and BPS,” says Pete Myers, Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences.

That’s a problem, because bisphenols, including BPA, have been linked to a host of health problems, including:

Target recently published its chemical goals policy saying, “Target is committed to driving transparency, proactive chemical management and innovation across all our owned and national brand consumer products and operations.”

This is a great first step that led to the removal of PFCs and flame retardants, but we need the company to address its receipts, too.

“Fortunately, there are safe, economically viable alternatives, starting with electronic receipts,” says Pete Myers.

Since Target is committed to chemical management, I’m asking them to make this change. I launched a Care2 petition asking Target to remove BPS from its receipts, by doing the following:

  • Immediately offer a way for customers to receive a receipt via email instead.
  • Switch to receipt paper without bisphenols (like Trader Joe’s) uses.

If you would like a more in-depth discussion of what is happening click here. And if you are interested in other ways chemicals similar to bisphenols may be interrupting your family pick up a copy of Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier (All Without Driving Your Family Crazy!).

Take Action

Sign this petition, friends! Thank you for joining me to make Target a better place!

Want to make a difference on an issue you find deeply troubling? You, too, can create a Care2 petition, and use this handy guide to get started. You’ll find Care2’s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.



Lesa D
Lesa D5 months ago

target BPS not your customers!

Lesa D
Lesa D5 months ago

#34706 petition signed...

Lesa D
Lesa D5 months ago

thank you Leah...

JoAnn Paris
JoAnn P5 months ago

Thank you for this very interesting article.

Laura H
Laura H5 months ago

I signed the petition last month...I hope it helps.
It's scary to think of how many receipts one has handled over the years...

Danuta W
Danuta W5 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Joan E
Joan E5 months ago

The article says Trader Joe's uses a kind of receipt that does not have the dangerous chemical, so that means some stores use this chemical and others do not.

Angela K
Angela K5 months ago


Muff-Anne York-Haley

Totally agree but it’s most receipts.

Just Human
Just Human5 months ago

Is this just Target or is this all receipts?