It all adds up: the chemical cost of receipts

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Whether it is Black Friday, Christmas shopping or refreshing your winter wardrobe, at this time of year everybody seems to be heading to the shops and racking up receipts. But are we picking up more than we bargained for at the checkout?

The toxic chemicals that can come with your shopping

At Fidra we have been examining the chemical pollutants in everyday items and top of our list of concern are the bisphenols used in till receipts. This group of problem chemicals can interfere with your hormones and harm wildlife. The EU classifies the most common bisphenol, BPA, as an endocrine disrupting chemical and as toxic to reproduction. And we know that almost everyone ever tested for bisphenols has them in their body.



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