Trader Joe's to offer BPA-free receipts
Trader Joe’s is planning to remove two controversial chemicals from its register receipts.
The company announced on its website that it has evaluated where and how chemicals are being used within its operation and have identified steps to take.
"We will be changing the receipt-paper used at cash registers to a non-BPA version and working on canned products (eliminating BPA where we could in many products’ packaging and clarifying for customers which product packages still make use of BPA)," according to a statement on its website. "As our understanding evolves, so too does our work. We are now pursuing receipt paper that is free of phenol chemicals (including BPA and BPS), which we will be rolling out to all stores as soon as possible."
The company says it will continue to reevaluate its Health & Beauty and Household products, developing and introducing new formulas made without chemicals such as parabens.
According to Bloomberg, the chemicals -- BPA and BPS -- are widespread in register and ATM receipts, according to findings by the Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based organization that works with consumers and companies to promote greener products and practices. A study being released Wednesday in partnership with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a coalition of environmental and health groups, showed BPA and BPS were found in 93 percent of 208 register receipts tested. They came from a variety of businesses, including major retailers, banks, and gas stations.
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