Beware of Toxic Receipts
The next time you go to the store and get handed a receipt, say no thanks if you are able. For years, I have been getting my receipts emailed to me or saying no thanks at clothing stores; however, it just dawned on me when I went to Fairway Grocers last month that I had the option to put my email address at the payment counter at the supermarket too. I was ecstatic that I was able to do so quickly at a grocer, even the cashier had her hand out waiting for the receipt to dispense out of the register, but I told her nothing is coming it’s on my phone. Once I provided them with my email address, I never received a receipt again from Fairway no matter which location I visited, because the credit card I used is now linked in their database to recognize my transactions so that they don’t have to dispense a receipt to me. When I am in a rush this is surely one perk I do appreciate. Now, when I pay with cash, I do have to decline the receipts or throw it in my receipt baggie. I did purchase something right before Christmas that needed to be returned, so it was good that I had the e- receipt via email. The cashier just asked for the transaction number to look up my purchase, asked what I wanted to do, and I made an easy exchange and was out the store in no time.
The problem with receipts.
Receipts are hazardous because they are coated in Bisphenol A, or BPA which is a hazardous environmental toxin. Bisphenols is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that mimics hormones such as estrogen and has been known to cause havoc within the body. BPA has been known to cause brain issues, diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer. "Researchers at the New York State Department of Health documented connections between BPA exposures and developmental and neurological problems. BPA impacts fetal development and is linked to reproductive impairment, type 2 diabetes, thyroid conditions, and other health concerns. Companies have sought out “non-BPA” paper, but the typical replacement is BPS, a similar chemical which research indicates has similarly detrimental effects as BPA." BPA are not just found on labels like those on a price of delicatessen wraps and grocery store receipts; for years it has been proven to be in can goods linings and plastic water bottles and their tops. We must be cognizant of not only what we put in and on us, but what we have or welcome in our surrounding areas too for environmental hazardous are just as dangerous.
What you Can Do?
The next time you go to the supermarket if you are able, forgo the receipt. If you must get one, and it is not a big box store of which you need to show it at the door, quickly put it in a receipt bag, envelope, or a place where it is not in contact with your skin for too long. Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before eating anything after touching the receipt.
At markets, fairs and stores opt for text or email receipts they do pop up on your device in a matter of seconds if the sale is live/online. Remember to file your receipts in an online or offline folder just in case you may need them in the future. *Note this action is also good for the environment too, due to the lack of paper waste.
In Asia, they use masks to avoid germs, how about you wear gloves to avoid touching BPA laden receipts or wrap something around your fingers.
Let the cashier know about what you just learned and how receipts can be disrupting their hormones and effecting various aspects of their health.
Forgo the deli section as much as possible because every label that is printed is most likely BPA filled. Not to mention, most deli meats are filled with nitrates, saturated fats and they contain high levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), of which are not the least bit healthy for you.
Make a cognizant effort to purchase products that list BPA free on their packaging. Just as you have begun to read food labels for calories and ingredients, remember to now look to see the words BPA FREE.
Avoid can goods & plastics as much as possible.
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