When it comes to eco-worrying, I have found that some information, once learnt, cannot be forgotten. I came to rue the day, several years ago, when I reported on a study which found that 15 per cent of adult exposure to the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) occurred through exposure to the thermal paper used to make till receipts.
BPA is an endocrine disruptor, which means it disrupts the human hormone system with a range of possible effects, including on the development of the unborn child. The EU banned its use in baby bottles a decade ago, and it has also largely been ditched in plastic food containers and bottles, in which it was once ubiquitous.
I can’t remember if the till receipts study suggested the chemical