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Those Paper Store Receipts Could Be Making You Sick

By: Kelly Meyers

January 19, 2018

Check your purse or wallet: are there any paper receipts? Well, you may want to get rid of them quickly. 

Those paper receipts could be making you sick, according to a new study.

What's the harm in having receipts around? The Ecology Center, based in Michigan, just released the research. They studied the chemicals in those paper store receipts.

The study found that "93% of receipts tested positive for BPA or BPS, chemicals that are correlated with negative effects on hormones, metabolism and other bodily functions." The receipts in the study included ones from major retailers, fast-food restaurants, etc. 

BPA is a chemical called Bisphenol A, and it is found in many plastics and epoxy resins. You have probably seen products with labels that say BPA free on them. So why are these on so many receipts? Well, the printers that are used to print most receipts use thermal paper and a thermal printer.

So what can you do to protect yourself? Many stores offer you the option to get an e-receipt sent via email. Sure, that means your email could be clogged up with more junk, and it could help the environment, of course.

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