Target Has Finally Banned BPA From Their Thermal Receipts And We Are Rejoicing

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Ahhh Target, the land of no return. The store we enter with a short grocery list in mind, and then come out with three cartful’s. And then, of course, we have to figure out how to hide everything we bought, plus the receipts, plus the bank statements. Whoops.


Target has always been forward thinking in choosing cleaner and greener options, so it only makes sense that they have taken yet another huge step in the consumer and retailer industry.


After two years of many begging for a change, Target has quietly started removing their bisphenols like BPA and BPS from their thermal receipt paper. Seeing that everyone receives a receipt and both employees and customers touch it, this is HUGE.

This entire ordeal has gone into motion thanks to a petition started over two years ago to remove the hazardous chemicals to ensure the safety of the exposure to customers and employees. Over 51,000 signatures were gathered, and the transformation has started!


Bisphenols have been linked to damaging hormonal health of Americans, especially young girls and pregnant women. It is considered a dangerous chemical, which is surprising because it is on almost all thermal receipts.


According to Target’s 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report:

“Later this year, Target will transition to phenol-free receipt paper for our stores. There is growing concern—backed by studies—around the negative health effects of handling BPA (bisphenol A) and BPS (bisphenol S), chemicals found in standard thermal receipt paper. By switching to a phenolfree receipt paper Target will be taking a significant step in proactively ensuring the ongoing safety and health of our team members and guests. By end of year 2020, Target expects to fully convert to phenol-free receipt paper for use in all standard and mobile-device checkout lanes.”


There is also word that CVS is on their way to do the same with their receipts. That is especially good news considering their receipts could probably reach the across town!


I think this puts our country in a great step towards good and healthy living. The less chemicals we are coming into contact with, the better!


So what are your thoughts on this change? Comment below and let us know!


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