Have you noticed some stores ask if you want your receipt by email? Whenever you’re out shopping and running errands; keep in mind that accepting thermal receipts could be hazardous to your health. Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol S (BPS) are both linked to thermal receipts.
What is Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol S (BPS)?
Bisphenol A (BPA) or Bisphenol S (BPS), endocrine disruptors that can get absorbed into our bodies when we touch them on the paper. BPA and BPS have been linked to numerous health risks such as completely altering the male and female reproductive systems, heightening occurrences of breast cancer and abnormal delays in children, according to the World Health Organization. BPA is usually found in products like water and juice bottles, food containers, CDs, DVDs, eyeglass lenses, and many more.
Thermal Receipts Health Threat
A big threat to our health and our environment are thermal receipts we all use as a society, on the daily basis. Whether you are out buying clothes or just getting gas from your local gas station, avoiding hand contact with these hazardous receipts is close to impossible. These thermal receipts are not printed in ink but rather coated with chemicals that react to heat and color change to create the appearance of printed type. According to Mind the Store campaign director Mike Schade, “These chemicals can leach from the receipt, get onto our hand and make their way into our bloodstream,” Shade says, “Exposure to bisphenol chemicals has been linked to cancer, fertility issues and more.” After doing a ton of research on these receipts, I personally recommend anyone who uses these receipts on a daily basis; like cashiers, to use gloves while handling this toxic material. Also, recommend employees to wash their hands before eating as it is easy for those chemicals to get into one’s system and or bloodstream. With that being said, it seems as though avoiding these receipts are impossible, as stated above. However, there are ways to steer clear of them.Read more