In Healthy Stuff’s newest report, More than you Bargained For: BPS and BPA in Receipts, we found that an alarming 9 out of 10 receipts from major retailers and restaurants contain BPS or BPA, chemicals which can rub off receipts and onto the skin. They then can disrupt the hormonal system causing a cascade of health effects. Those who handle receipts as part of their jobs are most at risk. Given the hazard that these endocrine-disrupting chemicals pose, we're asking that retailers and organizations using thermal paper receipts switch out their BPS & BPA coated paper with a safe alternative. A non-toxic receipt paper is available at a nominal price increase. It's not too much to ask for the safety of workers and customers alike. Trader Joe's was the first retailer to heed our call for action and on the eve of our report release, announced that they were swapping out their toxic receipt paper for a safe alternative.
Our study received a good deal of press. Gillian Miller, Ph.D., our senior scientist, was interviewed by Endocrine Today. Science Campaign Director Lauren Olson can be heard on NPR affiliate WEMU’s Environment Today. Our Green Science Living Director wrote a high-profile op-ed for AlterNet on The Unexpected Health Risk That's Probably Hiding in Your Coat Pocket Right Now. And local news stations across the country reported on it.
We called on Michigan-based Meijer and the national brand TJX-Companies to stop using toxic receipt paper coated in BPA and BPS in their stores. Unfortunately, both Meijer and TJX Company (TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls, and Sierra Trading Post) have failed to take action and protect their cashiers and customers.
They need to know that turning a deaf ear will only result in more people speaking out.
Published on February 27, 2018