1000 Flowers for the Planet - #617 Beware Those Receipts
Do you like the feel of that receipt paper that comes with all your purchases? It’s nice and smooth – lovely to rub your fingers across. Sadly it is paper coated with BPA, a type of plastic that was used to make baby products, sippy cups and reusable water bottles, for example, but which has subsequently been phased out from those products. The health effects of BPA have been questioned, and although caution has been taken in some areas of its use, such as baby products, it can still be found in many places. Receipts are just one of those places, and there are investigations into the effects of these little strips of information on shop assistants who handle them all day in their workplace. It’s thought the chemical may be absorbed through the skin.
Even if we put health issues aside, the fact that BPA exists as a coating on our receipts means they cannot be recycled. Have you been putting them in the recycling thinking you were doing the right thing? Shouldn’t do it. The BPA contaminates recycled paper products. You have to throw them away – that means you have to throw them into landfill.