PFAS-coated clothes that are thrown away will often end up either incinerated or in landfill. Unless incinerated at very high temperatures (>1000oC), fluorinated polymers could release more harmful PFAS during burning. PFAS of environmental concern have also been found in landfill leachate. PFAS is found in treated waste water from industrial and domestic sources and has been found in both rivers and groundwater. Conventional drinking water processes will not remove PFAS.Small quantities of PFAS will be removed during wash and wear of products containing PFAS. This includes fluorinated polymers used on stain-resistant coatings, and non-polymers that remain on clothes after production (Lassen et al. 2015).Non-polymer PFAS can build up in blood protein of animals, and is not always removed quickly. This means that predators eating PFAS-contaminated food will have higher levels in their bloodstream, and concentrations can increase up the food chain. Studies suggest that build up of PFAS is similar to those of other Persistent Organic Pollutants such as DDT.PFAS are estimated to be settling in arctic regions at rates of tens to hundreds of kilograms per year (25-850kg per year), depending on the specific PFAS chemical in question. Certain PFAS are released as gases to the environment and are blown a long way by wind and air currents in the atmosphere,. These gas PFAS will over time degrade to more persistent chemicals like PFOS and PFOA. This may be one reason why PFAS of environmental concern have been found in remote regions such as the Arctic as well as near PFAS production sitesPFAS including PFOS and PFOA have been found in air samples around Europe. The chemicals are found in small quantities, but appear in almost all samples tested. PFAS enters the atmosphere both from factories and the air inside our homes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17554424 Non-polymer PFAS are used in the production of fluorinated polymers. The manufacture of stain-resistant finishes generally releases these PFASs into the environment, both by air and water emissions. They are very hard to remove during water treatment. Workers in textiles factories are some of the population most exposed to these potentially harmful chemicals.

Retailer
  • Aldi

    Aldi
  • Asda

    Asda
  • B&Q

    B&Q
  • Boots

    Boots
  • Coop

    Coop
  • Iceland

    Iceland
  • Lidl

    Lidl
  • Marks & Spencer

    Marks & Spencer
  • Morrisons

    Morrisons
  • Sainsbury’s

    Sainsbury’s
  • Screwfix

    Screwfix
  • Tesco

    Tesco
  • Waitrose

    Waitrose
  • Other Retailers

    Other Retailers
  • H&M

    H&M
  • Ikea UK

    Ikea UK
  • JoJo Maman Bébé

    JoJo Maman Bébé
  • Mamas & Papas

    Mamas & Papas
  • Mothercare Ltd.

    Mothercare Ltd.
  • Takeaways

    Takeaways
  • Costa Coffee

    Costa Coffee
  • Domino's Pizza

    Domino's Pizza
  • Greggs

    Greggs
  • McDonald's

    McDonald's
  • Pizza Hut

    Pizza Hut
  • Pret A Manger

    Pret A Manger
Are their receipts bisphenol free?
$20 / month
  • Aldi

    Yes
  • Asda

    No
  • B&Q

    Yes
  • Boots

    Yes
  • Coop

    Yes
  • Iceland

    Yes
  • Lidl

    Yes
  • Marks & Spencer

    Phasing in new bisphenol-free stock
  • Morrisons

    No
  • Sainsbury’s

    Yes
  • Screwfix

    Yes
  • Tesco

    Yes
  • Waitrose

    Yes
  • Other Retailers

  • H&M

    Yes
  • Ikea UK

    Yes
  • JoJo Maman Bébé

    No
  • Mamas & Papas

    Yes
  • Mothercare Ltd.

    Phasing in new bisphenol-free stock
  • Takeaways

  • Costa Coffee

    Unknown
  • Domino's Pizza

    Unknown
  • Greggs

    Bisphenol-free options currently under review
  • McDonald's

    Yes
  • Pizza Hut

    No
  • Pret A Manger

    Unknown
Have they stopped receipts printing automatically?
$60 / month
  • Aldi

    No
  • Asda

    No
  • B&Q

    No
  • Boots

    No
  • Coop

    Yes
  • Iceland

    Yes
  • Lidl

    On some self-service checkouts
  • Marks & Spencer

    On some self-service checkouts
  • Morrisons

    Unknown
  • Sainsbury’s

    On some self-service checkouts
  • Screwfix

    No
  • Tesco

    On some self-service checkouts and petrol pumps
  • Waitrose

    Yes
  • Other Retailers

  • H&M

    No
  • Ikea UK

    Unkown
  • JoJo Maman Bébé

    Receipts aren't printed for customers who opt for E-receipts
  • Mamas & Papas

    No
  • Mothercare Ltd.

    Yes
  • Takeaways

  • Costa Coffee

    Unknown
  • Domino's Pizza

    Unknown
  • Greggs

    Yes
  • McDonald's

    No
  • Pizza Hut

    No
  • Pret A Manger

    Yes
Do they offer digital receipting?
$99 / month
  • Aldi

    No
  • Asda

    No
  • B&Q

    No
  • Boots

    Under consideration
  • Coop

    On some checkouts
  • Iceland

    Under consideration
  • Lidl

    Unknown
  • Marks & Spencer

    Under consideration
  • Morrisons

    Unknown
  • Sainsbury’s

    No
  • Screwfix

    Yes
  • Tesco

    Under consideration
  • Waitrose

    Under consideration
  • Other Retailers

  • H&M

    Digital receipts offered in selected brands and markets
  • Ikea UK

    Yes
  • JoJo Maman Bébé

    Yes
  • Mamas & Papas

    Yes
  • Mothercare Ltd.

    Yes
  • Takeaways

  • Costa Coffee

    Unknown
  • Domino's Pizza

    Unknown
  • Greggs

    Digital receipts offered to all Greggs Rewards customers.
  • McDonald's

    No
  • Pizza Hut

    Digital receipts available for customers ordering via mobile phones
  • Pret A Manger

    No
Further detail
$99 / month
  • Aldi

    Aldi have confirmed that their receipts are now bisphenol-free, following the BPA ban introduced in 2020.
  • Asda

    Asda have removed BPA from their receipts in line with the new legislation and are looking into alternatives to using BPS. Asda are also exploring ways to offer a 'no receipt' option on some of their self-service checkouts.
  • B&Q

    B&Q (owned by Kingfisher) now only purchase bisphenol-free receipt paper and are looking into where else bisphenol-free alternatives might be introduced within their business.
  • Boots

    Boots have ordered new bisphenol-free stock and are introducing this into their stores. They are also considering options for digital receipts.
  • Coop

    Coop have committed to bisphenol-free receipts and 'no receipt' is now the default option at checkouts where contracts, e.g. National Lottery, allow it.
  • Iceland

    Iceland have confirmed that their receipts are bisphenol-free and automatic printing of receipts has been stopped, with a 'no receipt' option now being offered in all stores.
  • Lidl

    Lidl have confirmed that they removed bisphenol coatings from their receipts in 2010.
  • Marks & Spencer

    M&S are moving away from bisphenol coatings throughout the start of 2020. Printed till receipts for food purchases under £20 and on self-service checkouts will be optional for customers and digital receipting is under consideration.
  • Morrisons

    Morrisons’ till receipts are BPA-free but there could still be an another bisphenol used on the paper. They are currently looking into alternatives and have made some progress with digital receipting.
  • Sainsbury’s

    Sainsbury’s have confirmed that their receipts are bisphenol-free as of May 2020. Some of their self-service checkouts also offer a 'no receipt' option.
  • Screwfix

    Screwfix (owned by Kingfisher) receipts are bisphenol-free and Screwfix are also looking into where else this might be used within their business.
  • Tesco

    Tesco are now only ordering bisphenol-free paper.Whilst 'no receipt' is the default setting on self-service checkouts and at petrol pumps, they are continuing to look into this option for service tills.
  • Waitrose

    Waitrose’s receipts have been free from BPA for the last two years and they have confirmed that all new till receipt rolls will now be bisphenol-free. Automatic printing of receipts stopped at the start of 2020 and digital receipting options are under consideration.
  • Other Retailers

  • H&M

    H&M Group does not allow the use of bisphenols in receipts in any of the markets they operate in and are currently using Pergafast instead. However, they are not satisfied with the environmental properties of Pergafast and are contining to look for a better substitution; they invite companies to present alternatives through the ChemSec marketplace. Digital receipts are on offer to loyalty club members.
  • Ikea UK

    Ikea have confirmed that their receipts are phenol-free and that digital receipts are also avaliable.
  • JoJo Maman Bébé

    JoJo Maman Bébé confirmed that their receipts do not contain BPA but do still contain BPS. Customers may also opt for E-receipts.
  • Mamas & Papas

    Mamas and Papas have confirmed that their receipts are bisphenol free.
  • Mothercare Ltd.

    Mothercare planned to introduce bisphenol-free receipts by Autumn 2019. Customers are given the option of having a paper receipt printed or a digital version sent to them.
  • Takeaways

  • Costa Coffee

    Costa Coffee confirmed in November 2019 that they would investigate this matter internally. We are yet to receive an update.
  • Domino's Pizza

    Domino's are currently holding internal discussions regarding bisphenol use in receipts.
  • Greggs

    Greggs receipts are BPA-free but do contain BPS. Bisphenol-free options are currently under review. Digital receipts are offered to all Greggs Rewards customers.
  • McDonald's

    McDonalds’ till rolls have been phenol-free in the UK as of June 2020. Testing has now resumed for the same to be rolled out in the Republic of Ireland, as well as testing of phenol-free thermal labels which are currently BPA-free.
  • Pizza Hut

    Pizza Hut’s supplier has replaced BPA with BPS. They are in conversation with them about bisphenol-free options and will consider alternatives.
  • Pret A Manger

    Pret A Manger confirmed that their receipts do not contain BPA and are in discussion with their supplier about phenol-free options following the recent additional ban of BPS from use in receipts in Switzerland. Pret A Manger have also turned off automatic printing.

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