The Facts About BPA-Free Paper

March 9th, 2015 by

Thermal paper is an integral part of many business transactions. We are all accustomed to receiving tickets and receipts in exchange for services and goods. Customers rarely pay much attention to the type of paper that is used to produce their proofs of transaction. Due to concerns over the health risks associated with a certain chemical sometimes associated with thermal paper, Bisphenol A (BPA), this is starting to change.

Here are some of the facts regarding BPA, and what they mean for businesses that use thermal paper.

Why does BPA matter?

BPA has become a buzzword in the media, but most people don’t really know what it is or why it should be avoided. In short, it is a chemical invented in the late-1800s to make plastics and resins. It gained popularity in the 1960s, and is now a part of many previously produced products.

BPA is potentially dangerous

It wasn’t until 1997 that the possible adverse effects of BPA were first realized. As of right now, it is suspected to harm the reproductive system, potentially cause mental problems in children, and possibly lead to cancer.

Federal and state agencies are banning BPA from food containers

As a result of these findings, the government has been systematically banning BPA from food containers. 11 states have banned the chemical from baby bottles and sippy cups and some have even banned it from any form of reusable food containers.

Why do I need BPA-free thermal paper?

The facts above make it clear that you should be cautious about eating anything from a BPA-based container, but what does that have to do with thermal paper receipts? Let’s take a look at why you may want to consider switching to BPA-free thermal paper.

BPA from chemical-laden thermal paper passes right through the skin

BPA isn’t only harmful when it is consumed. Studies by toxicologists at French National Institute for Agricultural Research in Paris have shown that about half of a sample of BPA that a person comes into contact with will pass right through their skin and into their bodies. Because you are more likely to touch BPA residue than consume it, this means that handling BPA-laden items puts you at more risk than eating from them.

People who handle thermal paper with BPA in it have increased levels of the chemical in their bodies

As a result of the facts discussed in the previous section, people who regularly handle BPA-laden products have higher levels of the chemicals in their bodies than other people. This means that if you are using BPA-laden thermal paper, your cashiers likely have higher levels of BPA in their bodies than most other people. A recent study also showed by Dr. Shelley Ehrlich of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center showed that this effect is virtually instantaneous, with participants with no BPA in their urine prior to the study testing positive for the chemical immediately a few hours exposure.

What about the cost of BPA-free thermal paper?

Although taking safety measures such as switching to BPA-free thermal paper is encouraged, one of the primary concerns that business leaders have about switching to safer products is the cost. Fortunately, most BPA-free thermal paper suppliers offer this product for around the same price as “standard” thermal paper rolls containing BPA.

Protect your employees, customers and your business with BPA-free thermal paper

At Graphic Tickets & Systems, our mission is to Make Every Transaction Count. This includes providing customers with the safest thermal paper products available. Please contact us to discuss our BPA-free thermal paper or to receive a free quote.

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