“You can still go broke buying everything that is on sale” – Jason Hathcock
Ladies and gentlemen, I share with you the holy grail of why shopping is hazardous and why that mile long receipt is the culprit.
Finally, something concrete that gives us justifiable evidence of why our significant others should reduce the number of shopping sprees.
Those therapeutic stress relieving visits could actually have long-term effects on your health. Listen; I know that everything laying claim as something good can also be linked to something bad and vice versa.
For the sake of this particular post, I am intentionally going to remain a little biased towards the bad side of shopping. (laughing)
While out on those daily spending sprees, one thing we all frequently come in contact with is those cash register receipts. You purchase a single item and get a receipt that is as long as the Titanic.
I have often thought, what a waste of resources! Now, I am all about getting the ones back with coupons, but honestly a lot of what we get is unnecessary junk.
I don’t consider myself a minimalist, but I do consider myself frugal and I enjoy saving some money.
Research studies (50 on humans) have linked a harmful chemical once found in plastic water bottles, baby bottles, and sippy cups called bisphenol A (BPA) to those thermal paper receipts.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also found in their reports that BPA exists on an overwhelming 94 percent of receipts.
According to a study published by PLOS ONE, people’s blood levels of BPA spiked after they touched cash receipts—particularly if they had lotion, sanitizer, or another skin care product on their hands.
“BPA has been proven to cause reproductive defects in fetuses, infants, children, and adults as well as cancer, metabolic, and immune problems in rodents,” said study author Frederick vom Saal, a professor of biology at the University of Missouri.
”Our research found BPA levels from receipts much higher than exposures from food packaging or plastic,” added vom Saal. “And BPA from thermal papers will be absorbed into your blood rapidly. At those levels, many diseases such as diabetes and disorders such as obesity increase as well.”
This chemical can be absorbed through the skin and is commonly found in the lining of food packages, but the form of BPA used in food containers is chemically bound and cannot be rubbed off like that found in a receipt.
“There’s more BPA in a single thermal paper receipt than the total amount that would leach out from a polycarbonate water bottle used for many years,” said John Warner, Ph.D., president of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry.
- Increased risk of breast and prostate cancer
- Increased risk for cardiovascular diseases
- Reproductive abnormalities
- Brain development abnormalities
- Altered thyroid function
- Impaired liver and kidney function
- Reduced libido
- Reproductive effects
Because it mimics the biological activity of estrogen, developing children are at the greatest risk.
STEPS TO MINIMIZE CONTACT
- Opt for the e-receipt or text message in lieu of the printed one.
- Scratch the printed side of the paper. If you see a dark mark, the paper is thermal.
- Try to touch only the nonglossy backside. It contains much less BPA.
- Wash your hands after touching using soap and water. Do not use hand sanitizer as this increases absorption of BPA.
- Remove the receipts from pockets, wallets, and purses as soon as possible after purchase putting up in a safe location.
- Shop online
Finally, a good reason to stop shopping so much!