When you go to King Soopers and get a receipt that's three miles long and it shows your fuel points and gives you twelve different in-store coupons that will get lost in your junk drawer - well, it turns out they just handed you three miles of POISON!
According to a new study by an environmental nonprofit out of Michigan called The Ecology Center, STORE RECEIPTS could be making you sick. REALLY sick.
They tested a bunch of receipts at grocery stores, restaurants, and major retail chains, and they found that because of the thermal printers the stores use, 93% of their receipts tested positive for the chemicals BPA or BPS.
Those chemicals have been linked to negative effects on your hormones and your metabolism . . . and they've even been linked to things like infertility and autism.
And, according to The Ecology Center, 90% of our exposure to these chemicals comes from receipts.
So what should you do? Obviously, try NOT to handle receipts . . . but if you do, wash your hands before you eat. And if you work in a store where you're touching receipts all day long, think about wearing gloves.
It's amazing to think we might cure communicable diseases if we just sent these itemized lists electronically to our phones!
What's your take on receipts? Scott's wife is a saver. It's not unusual for Scott to find a three-year-old receipt from WalMart stuffed in a cubby above the desk. DON'T THROW THAT AWAY! We might need to take the item back. Forget the fact that the item was broken and tossed two years ago. AT LEAST WE HAVE THE RECEIPT. Sheesh.