Phthalates, VOCs, BPA in plastic and cans, the list goes on. I changed my habits in an attempt to avoid all those things. Now it's high amounts of BPA that rub off of sales receipts. Any advice that could help me chill out? I'm exhausted.
I try to live a green lifestyle, for both health and political reasons. I avoid plastic and disposable/junk goods in general and shoot for quality over quantity. I don't eat fast food. I don't use artificially perfumed/50-ingredient/nanoparticled personal care products. I filter my water. I get food from a CSA. I don't feel that I am off the deep end with this stuff, but a) do not trust US government regulatory agencies to not be at least halfway in bed with Monsanto, the ACC, the APC et al b) do not trust the industrialized food system, the personal care products industry, or the consumer product industry to prioritize health above profits.
Most of my friends seem to think my interest in these matters is pretty looney tunes. Obviously I disagree – up until now, it's been fairly easy to keep abreast of news reports in these departments and make different choices based on my ensuing research. However, this BPA in receipts deal (see here
for starters) has me throwing up my hands. Unbound BPA that simply rubs off a receipt at levels that seem so much higher than anything I was ever getting from my old Nalgene bottle?! This one just seems so much more... pervasive and unavoidable. I mean, what do you really do? Wear gloves to complete a transaction at the post office? Refuse receipts in general (though many stores require you to show them at the door when you leave)? Ask your family members to not bring freaking receipts into the house or to wash their hands after they crumple a receipt into the trashcan (as if that would fly)? Then it seems like you're really
entering looney tunes territory.
I guess what I'm asking for is either some advice on avoiding receipts or perspective on why it's not so bad in the first place. (And yes, I am very aware that we are all going to die, but in the meantime I would prefer to avoid even a small increase in cancer likelihood). I did read this question
and found it helpful, although most of the advice touches on things I already do. Thanks!