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Appleton’s Red Fiber Receipts Tell You It’s BPA-Free!

Most people might not know that BPA (otherwise known as Bisphenol A) is in the coating on thermal paper receipts–you know, the ones you get when you’re done shopping at the grocery store?

Appleton's red fiber BPA-free thermal paper

Photo provided by Appleton showing the red fibers on the back of their paper.

You might be trying to avoid BPA by buying BPA-free canned food, but you could still be getting it on your hands and into your skin unless you know what to look for. Thanks to Appleton’s move to produce BPA-free receipt paper you can now tell the difference by looking for the red fibers on the back side.

Appleton decided to make the move in 2006 after reading about the findings in two reports from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Washington Toxics Coalitions and Environment Working Group outlining the dangers of BPA.

Now We Know Why BPA Is So Bad

BPA has been linked with a number of health issues. Here’s an excerpt on why BPA is so bad from Kathleen Doheny at

BPA is no friend to the American consumer. The industrial chemical bisphenol A, found in thousands of commercial products, has been linked with reproductive problems, brain impairments, cancer, obesity and more. But now, scientists believe they’ve found another piece of the puzzle explaining how the chemical wreaks havoc on our health.

San Diego scientists created a 3-D computer model of the chemical and one of its breakdown products. In the process, they figured out why this breakdown product, called a metabolite, is more active than BPA, causing even further damage to our bodies.

Her article ends with tips on reducing exposure to BPA, such as rinsing food after taking it out of a can, and using plastic bottles with the recycle codes 3 or 7.

Cash regisers

Photo by Marlith,

Fortunately we now have another way to reduce our BPA exposure with Appleton’s red fiber receipt paper.

If you feel kind of funny asking the cashier to see the back of the receipt paper, and most people might, try calling your store’s customer support number to see if they’ve made the switch to Appleton! Then you’ll know that you’re safe to take that receipt at checkout.

Feel free to share this article with anyone you know who might want to avoid getting BPA into their skin with store receipts.

About Laura

Laura is passionate about food from real farmers and artisans. She lives with her husband in Grand Rapids on the river. Sometimes it flows over, but mostly she is greeted by the ducks, geese and her neighbor's chickens. They like to hop up on her windowsill and eat the spiders. Yay! She is the co-founder of Two Sister Organics, a natural and organic skin care company, and Eating Local & Organic.

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