I do stop and think now. Just before I instinctively reach for that receipt – I think about what may be on it. I think about whether I really need it. For tax purposes or other records. I wonder and sometimes ask whether they can email it to me. Something that is now common place with the likes of Office Works in Australia (well done!!).

Why – well it is just one of those examples of toxins or chemicals that are AROUND us, that then get ON us and then IN us… full list really. BPA mostly!

What is BPA? Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor – a substance which interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones. BPA can imitate our body’s own hormones in a way that could be hazardous for health. Babies and young children are said to be especially sensitive to the effects of BPA.

There has been a number of studies lately that have shown that levels of BPA can be found on those cash register receipts that we perhaps take for granted. As a rule of thumb – if those receipts fade in the sun, they would contain BPA. Have a look at these two references for information on studies:

Health fears over chemicals in receipts

Chemicals used to make cash register receipts could raise the risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cancer


While we can avoid them by making a choice, it is those that are also handling them day to day that may be at greatest risk.

Cashiers May Absorb Controversial Chemical When Handling Receipts


Like anything – we can avoid the risk by making some simply choices. Have a look at this reference and make your own decision. Let us know how you go…

How to Avoid BPA Exposure from Cash Register Receipts