The Hidden Danger in Recycled Toilet Paper
In a study published in Environmental Science & Technology, researchers found that many recycled paper products - such as toilet paper, paper napkins, paper towels, etc - are often contaminated with BPA and BPS. BPA - and its common replacement, BPS - both act as endocrine disruptors and have been linked to cancer, diabetes, liver and thyroid problems, birth defects, heart disease and more.
How is it that BPA and BPS are making their way into these recycled paper products? It comes primarily from something called thermal paper. Thermal paper has been coated with BPA, usually in order to reduce fading, especially when it comes to paper receipts. It's also found in some newspapers, magazines, tickets, flyers, and so on. As these papers are recycled the BPA they contain can be mixed in with items you certainly don't want contaminated, such as recycled toilet paper. Using recycled TP means applying an endocrine disruptor and carcinogenic chemical directly to some of your most sensitive areas.