Have you starting the “gathering” yet? You know, having to get all your receipts together for the tax year? Not much fun. I started doing and then came across this new study claiming it could also be killing us, literally! According to an environmental nonprofit out of Michigan called The Ecology Center, STORE RECEIPTS could be making you sick. REALLY sick.
They tested a bunch of receipts at grocery stores, restaurants, and major retail chains, and they found that because of the thermal printers the stores use, 93% of their receipts tested positive for the chemicals BPA or BPS. Those chemicals have been linked to negative effects on your hormones and your metabolism . . . and they’ve even been linked to things like infertility and autism. And, according to The Ecology Center, 90% of our exposure to those chemicals comes from receipts.
So what should you do? Obviously try NOT to handle receipts . . . but if you do, wash your hands before you eat. And if you work in a store where you’re touching receipts all day long, think about wearing gloves.