5 Ways to Avoid Spreading and Absorbing BPA

You’ve undoubtedly heard about BPA in water bottles, canned food, even in receipts. Now, a new study reveals that BPA is ending in up napkins, paper towels, toilet paper and business cards. 

How?  Thermal receipts are often recycled and then BPA ends up in new products with the recycled content.  This chemical is everywhere!  No wonder 93 percent of Americans contain this endocrine disrupting substance. 
Here’s how you can stop the spread of BPA from receipts.  

1. Don’t keep receipts in your reusable grocery bags, or you’ll spread the chemical to your food, especially produce. I had been doing this for awhile, and now realize that my food had been coming in direct contact with my organic, fresh vegetables.  
2.  In fact, refuse receipts when making purchases.  Most of us do our banking online now, or you can use credit card statements to track your purchases.  Or if you must get a receipt, place it in an envelope, where the BPA will not spread to other items.  
3.  Throw out receipts from your purse or wallet. Clean it out regularly. Wipe down credit cards and other contents to remove the chemical as much as possible.  
And here is a great tip I found from Rodale:

4. Wash your hands—but avoid hand sanitizers. A recent Swiss study found that people who used those sanitizers then handled receipts absorbed more BPA into their skin than people who washed their hands before handling receipts.

Yikes!  A protective approach backfiring. That blasted hand sanitizer can have harmful chemicals (tricolsan) and increase BPA amounts.  
5. Wash your hands ESPECIALLY after handling money and before you eat, so you can avoid the transfer of BPA from your hands to your food. 
And look how regulation can work, and reduce exposures.  

“Ninety-four percent of the thermal receipts – except those from Japan – had measurable levels of BPA. Undetectable levels in Japanese receipts are related to the 2001 BPA phase-out in that country. Measurable amounts were also found in receipts claiming to be “BPA-free.”

So, what are we waiting for? Banning BPA will have clear and measurable results, just like in Japan.  Look out how successful removing leaded gas and lead paint have been. Let’s get BPA out of our food, everyday items, and our bodies!

These dermal exposures are significantly less than food exposures, so be sure to reduce those exposures too.

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