Life

Hey Target, We’re Expecting More

This time is from your receipt paper

Calling all Target shoppers out there! Did you actually remember to buy that thing you went for? Yeah, me neither. Oh well! We'll be back. But next time you go back, I've got a little task for you. Pay attention when you are checking out. Not to the items you bought, or the chapstick in the checkout lane, but to what happens at the end of your transaction. Chances are the cashier hands you a printed receipt and says have a nice day. While this seems completely normal, taking that receipt could be negatively impacting your health. Typical receipt paper is coating in BPA powder which helps make sure they can be printed quickly and not smear.

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Science

What’s the Deal with BPA?

And why am I seeing "BPA-free" stickers everywhere?

What is it?

BPA, or bisphenol A, is a chemical that is often used in plastics to make them clear and strong. It is also in epoxy resins that can line water pipes and food cans, and is used in receipt paper. Although BPA is the most well-known bisphenol, there are dozens of other bisphenols (often called BPA replacements) out there that are chemically similar to BPA. Many of them are used in the same way that BPA is and have very similar health effects. A common replacement is bisphenol S, or BPS.

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