Would you like BPA with your receipt? Nobody ever asks you that at the register but surprise! your getting a little extra BANG for your buck.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is at it again; EWG and their environmental conscious work force and associates have found high levels of the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) on 40% of receipts they sampled. Some of those business include but are not limited to McDonald’s, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Safeway and the U.S. Postal Service. I was most surprised and disappointed that the U.S. Postal Service would disperse such toxic receipts. I guess U.S. policymakers want to take things slow (sarcasm).
Sippy cups, eating utensils, cookware, toys, bottles, and canned foods have been a source of BPA conversation for some time and shouldn’t be discounted but now there other sources of concern. It seems as if everywhere we look there is a chemical lurking behind a hidden or locked door aka monetary gain.
During their research EWG discovered that the total amount of BPA on the receipts they tested were 250 to 1000 times greater then other widely discussed sources of BPA. Not only is the typical patron being contaminated but think about the employee. According to the CDC retail workers carry an average of 30 percent more BPA in their bodies than other adults. Shouldn’t an employee have the right to know that? On the other hand to what extent should companies have to go when it comes to labeling and informing employees? What do you think?
On a happier not it was discovered that receipts tested from Target, Starbucks, Bank of America ATMs and other business were BPA-free (or contained only trace amounts). There are companies out there that are willing to make a change. Appleton Papers Inc. switched to BPA free thermal paper and hopefully others will follow suit.