10 May '18, 6pm
Skip the Slip Report: Environmental Costs & Human Health Risks of Paper Receipts with Proposed Solutions
Paper receipts are tiny items with significant environmental impacts and health risks for workers and customers. Every year in the United States, receipts use over 12.4 million trees, 13 billion gallons of water and generate 1.5 billion pounds of waste and 4 billion pounds of CO2 . Extraction and use of these resources takes a toll on the climate, a reminder that we need to continue replacing outdated, wasteful items with innovative solutions. Receipts also pose considerable health risks to the people who regularly are in contact with them. An estimated 93 percent of paper receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS), known endocrine-disruptors, which serve as color-developers to make the text appear on receipts. When we touch receipts, the chemical coating is absorbed into our bodies through our hands in mere seconds. Researchers at the New York State D...