BPA in receipts

More information has recently come out about the hormone-mimicking chemical bisphenol-A (BPA).  BPA is found in canned food linings, certain plastic packaging, plastic water bottles and other sources.

This chemical has been found in significant quantities in receipt paper from certain manufacturers.  One producer, Appleton, has produced BPA-free receipt paper since 2006, and is producing their paper with red flecks embedded on the back so it can easily be identified.  Look for this during this holiday season and mention to the stores you visit that you’d like to see them change to BPA-free receipt paper, not only for their customers, but also for the cashiers handing over receipts all day!  (We’re working on it at NHFC!)

BPA has been shown to contribute to infertility, sperm abnormalities, and has been shown to damage a child’s reproductive system while in utero.