Welcome back to Spring Clean Your Life!

Day 11 - Spring Clean Your Receipts and Reduce Exposure to BPA

How did you do yesterday increasing your water and other stress buffering foods? Today, we’re reducing our stress and also reducing our exposure to BPA by spring cleaning our receipts. Did you just wonder what BPA is?

BPA, or Bisphenol A, is an endocrine disrupting chemical that has been banned in items like baby bottles and sippy cups by the FDA. Many manufacturers have also taken it out of the lining of cans, food containers and water bottles. The reason that it is of concern is BPA has been linked to breast and prostate cancers, cardiovascular disease, endocrine, reproductive and brain development abnormalities.

Though many of us have been great about removing BPA containing containers from our day to day lives, this chemical can actually be found in the photoactive dyes used in thermal paper that is used for most receipts. Some studies have shown that handling the paper leads to increased levels of the chemical in our body. What’s more concerning is that when BPA is absorbed through the skin, it tends to remain longer than if it is ingested. So, in addition to cleaning out our receipts today, try to be mindful of the following:

  • Can you skip the receipt? Ask yourself whether you truly need a receipt or if you can skip it or just have it emailed to you.

  • If you touch a lot of receipts in your day for your job, try wearing gloves.

  • Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water after handling receipts to remove the chemical. Soap and water is better than alcohol based hand sanitizers which may increase absorption.

  • Store receipts in a separate envelope or plastic bag than in your wallet to reduce the exposure.

  • Transfer receipts out of your purse/wallet when you get home if you need to keep them.

Let’s clean out our receipts now.

Today, in addition to reducing our exposure to receipts, we’re also tackling the ones we currently have. Today's 10-minute challenge is to clear out receipts from our counter tops, desks, drawers, purses, wallets and gym bags. You'll need 3 empty folders and a shredder.

Create 3 files:

  1. Receipts for 2019 taxes

  2. Receipts possibly needed for returns or warranties

  3. Receipts needed to reconcile monthly charge slips or to submit for reimbursal

Any receipts that aren't needed, get filed in the shredder.

Set the timer for 10 minutes. Ready? Set. Go!

I’ll see you tomorrow!