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protecting our earth

Together, we can protect the world's most vulnerable people, our grandchildren and our planet

Skip the slip
BY BETH PORTER

W

e may not think much about receipts, but these little
slips of paper pose a big threat to our health and
the environment. Every year, US receipt production consumes nearly 10 million trees and 21 billion gallons of
water. This generates 686 million pounds of waste and emits
12 billion pounds of CO2. Extraction and use of these resources
take a toll on the climate, from the emissions that are released
during production to the piles of waste at disposal. A reminder
that we need to continue replacing outdated, wasteful items
with innovative solutions.

"

"...nearly 90 percent of human
exposure to BPS comes from
thermal paper receipts coated with
the substance."

"

Additionally, thermal receipt paper is typically coated with
Bisphenol A (BPA) or a similar chemical, BPS, which allows print
to be visible when heat is applied to the paper. Bisphenols
transfer from the receipt to anything it touches, including our
hands where they are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.
These chemicals are shown to impact fetal development and
are linked to reproductive impairment, type 2 diabetes, thyroid
conditions, and other health concerns.
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