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Our new receipts: A healthy choice for you and our planet

You’ll notice that our receipts look a little different. Why?

Our new receipt paper — called Alpha® Free — is a phenol-free paper that contains vitamin C as an image developer. Our new receipt paper does not contain dyes, bisphenol-A (BPA) or bisphenol-S (BPS), which are common in other receipt papers. It’s a much safer choice for people, those who are in contact with food and our environment.

Why the change?

Thermal paper coatings using phenols, such as BPA, have come under scrutiny due to potential adverse health effects. Research indicates BPA can be absorbed through contact and is a hormone disruptor. Previously, we used BPA-free receipt tape, but now research suggests another phenol in receipt tapes, bisphenol-S (BPS), has similar properties.

Customer and employee safety are very important to us, which is why we have sought and upgraded to receipt paper that’s formulated with the safest and most sustainable ingredients. The new paper uses vitamin C thermal developers approved by the Food and Drug Administration for oral and topical use by animals and humans.

Why is the receipt yellow and the print lighter?

The vitamin C-based image developer is naturally yellow in color, giving the paper a slight hue. The print is lighter because no inks are used. Instead, heat is applied to the coating on the paper (the vitamin C image developer) to produce the images. The vitamin C-based coating is less reactive to heat than phenol-based options and produces a lighter image. These receipts, however, can be scanned and will keep for five years when stored under normal conditions.