Almost all receipts you get from a store are “thermal” receipts, made by using heat to transfer information to the paper. These inkless receipts may be handy, but they contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that has been identified as an endocrine disrupter in humans. So, what to do with these receipts? First, refuse them and opt to have receipts emailed to you instead. Second, don’t recycle them. Recycled paper often is made into paper products like toilet paper and towels, which means BPA can get into these products from thermal receipts.
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