Editors Note: This article was orginially written by Jennifer Lance of Eco Child’s Play. Eco Child’s Play gives advice for an organic, fun and chemical-free life for your kids. Reviews and suggestions for toys, education, nutritional foods and family activities.
Today, I was shocked to read on! The source of this BPA contamination is recycled toilet paper.
As it turns out (post-call research on my part) the source of BPA in toilet paper appears not to be that it is added deliberately to the product, but that a lot of toilet paper is made from post-consumer sources that include lots of recycled thermal printing paper (credit card receipts). Dresden University did a study examining BPA turning up in wastewater streams and traced it back to toilet paper as the culprit…Environmental regulators consider sources like this disconcerting because endocrine-disrupting chemicals like BPA and pthalates can wreak havoc on marine ecosystems. Ultimately, it’s sources like these that are the reason you probably have BPA (at extremely low concentrations) in your tap water, too. The same thing goes for other kinds of recycled paper, too.
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