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Toxic Cash Register Receipts


Did you know that the thermal paper receipts that you get at the local store may contain Bisphenol A?  That’s the BPA that you have probably heard about that can be found in many plastic containers and the linings of food and drink containers. 

Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor.  That means it interferes with your natural hormones and can imitate your own hormones in a hazardous way.  BPA is especially harmful to babies and young children.  We encourage you to do your own research about BPA.  A good resource is the book, Young & Healthy At Any Age

So back to cash register receipts.  What do we do?  First off, if we don’t need the receipt, we ask the clerk to toss it away or not print it.  If we feel that we need the receipt, we store it safely in an envelope and we’re sure to wash our hands after touching it.  Putting it in a bag containing your produce could contaminate your food, so be aware of that.

This may seem a little over the top, but the world is a toxic place and every little thing that we can do to minimize our exposure is a good thing.