Receipt Paper Study 2018

More than you Bargained For: BPS and BPA in Receipts

 

Take Action: Tell TJX Companies & Meijer to use non-toxic receipt paper!

Did you know store receipts are a major contributor to your body’s intake of the hormone-disrupting chemicals BPS and BPA? These chemicals are quickly and efficiently absorbed into the bloodstream through your skin.

To understand current use of these chemicals in receipt paper, Ecology Center’s Healthy Stuff program tested 207 paper receipts from a wide variety of businesses. The samples included major grocers, big-box stores and retailers like Meijer, Kroger, and TJX stores, as well as gas stations, theaters, libraries, small and independent businesses, and many more.

We used our rapid screening method to detect the presence of BPA, BPS, and other chemicals known as “developers” on the special paper (called thermal paper) used for printing receipts.

The negative effects of BPA on hormones, metabolism, and other bodily systems have been repeatedly demonstrated. BPS has emerged as a common and regrettable substitute, showing effects similar to BPA.

According to published research, employees who handle receipts or other thermal paper repeatedly in their jobs are at especially high risk.

Our study found:

  • BPS or BPA in 93% of tested receipts
  • BPS in 75% and BPA in 18%
  • No coating on 2% of receipts
  • A newer alternative to BPS and BPA in receipts from Best Buy stores
  • High prevalence of BPS in both retail and service sectors (85% and 68%, respectively)
  • BPA receipts somewhat more common in the service sector (26%) than retail sector (8%).

We are calling on all businesses to follow our recommendations to protect employees and customers. We have sent letters to certain retailers that lack a comprehensive chemical policy to switch to a combination of safer thermal paper and electronic receipts. Some of the receipts we tested came from retailers that recently scored an “F” in Mind the Store campaign’s recent “Who’s Minding the Store?” retailer report card.
 

Individual receipt test results are listed below. 

Download the full report (PDF)

Download the results table (PDF)

Published on January 17, 2018

Sample Listing

CVS Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
CVS Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Dawn Treader Book Shop Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Delta Airlines Receipt
Inconclusive
Detroit City Distillery Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Detroit Institute of Arts Ticket
Inconclusive
Dexter Pharmacy Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Digital Doc Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Dominick's Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Domino's Receipt
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Dry Goods Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
DSW Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Earthen Jar Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Ed's Luggage Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Express Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Family Dollar Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Good Time Charley’s Receipt
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Great Clips Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Grow With Me Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Hands-On Museum Receipt
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Home Depot Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
HomeGoods Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
HomeGoods Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Hunter House Receipt
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Huntington Bank Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Insomnia Cookies Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Insomnia Cookies Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Jolly Pumpkin Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Jolly Pumpkin Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Justice Receipt
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Katoi Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Kolossos Printing Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Kroger Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Kroger Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Kroger Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Kroger Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Kroger Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Kroger Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Learning Express Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Literati Bookstore Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Literati Bookstore Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Little Caesars Receipt
Bisphenol A (BPA)
LIVE Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Lowe's Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Lucky's Market Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Lucky's Market Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Lucky's Market Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)
Main Party Shoppe Receipt
Bisphenol S (BPS)

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IMPORTANT NOTE: HealthyStuff.org ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical.