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Wait!?!?! WHAT?!?!?! I had no idea. I try not to take them because it seems like a waste, but if I do get them, I always recycle them after letting my kids play with them!!!!! Thank you for this post!


I have been reading a lot about this recently. It is so scary! I have seen a suggestion that if you do take the receipt, you should carry an envelope just for them in your purse to keep them from touching other stuff. Environmental Working Group (EWG) did some testing of store receipts and found that not all thermal receipts have BPA, but most seem to: http://www.ewg.org/bpa-in-store-receipts.

Mary Anne Enriquez

Yes...this drives me crazy because I know they get into the paper recycling bin...my gosh...can't they come up with something better?

I have never had a store offer to email me a receipt. We need a national campaign to do with away with the BPA ink. For me, I really do not want my reciepts via email. But wait...maybe it would be easier to keep track of it all. What would be great is if you make a purchase, and the reciept is zapped into your smart phone. I don't have a "smart" phone...but most people do nowadays.

A really great scientific study would be to monitor the health of accountants...who handle receipts all the time.... so do most cashiers.

Interesting topic to start me day with.

Mary Jane

Wow, this was a really interesting post. I had no idea -- thought I was just being diligent about keeping records of my charges.

Alex C Jones

At the grocery store, I am in the habit of tossing the receipt in th grocery bag. I am not doing that again!

I usually end up putting them in a special envelope which I take to work, and then empty the contents in to the Iron Mountain box. I do this with all paper that might have part of a credit card number on it and I have been doing this since my wife broke my paper shredder, but now it is a good thing that happened because I was tossing the shreds of those into recycling.

I hope the people that work at Iron Mountain don't touch much of that paper directly!

This demonstrates a failure of the US FDA. In Canada, BPA is considered a toxic substance.

Meanwhile, BPA is being replaced with BPS, so the claim "BPA Free" can be made, while BPS might actually be worse!

Alex C Jones

Those whose jobs require them to handle hundreds of these receipts per day are at risk. There could be major litigation. Many of them have to touch both the receipts and the food.

Now that the fight to get BPA out of food and drink containers and baby bottles is just abut won, this might need to be the next BPA/BPS battle. Actually, it should target not one substance, but it should be a ban on BPA AND all chemicals that can be classified as a similar hazard.

There needs to be a reform to the FDA and EPA to make them more vigilant, and with more power to protect the public.

Betsy (Eco-novice)

Receipts I need to keep I put in a separate envelope in my wallet. Everything else I refuse or toss immediately. I never let my kids handle them. So sad that recycled paper products have BPA and other crap in them b/c we make these lame paper products.

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

Yep--that separate envelope in the wallet is essential. I feel sorry for all of the cashiers and attendants who are unwittingly handling these things on a daily basis!

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