Saturday, May 31, 2008

BPA in the news

There have been all kinds of stories in the news the past few months about BPA (bisphenol A) in plastics that hold food and beverages. This chemical has been linked to reproductive and developmental problems in lab animals.

There haven't been any studies on the effect on humans, though, until this one that is taking place at Harvard right now. It'll be interesting to know the results.

In the meantime, it's probably best to avoid BPA products anyway. These products can be identified by looking on the bottom for the recycle symbol with a 7 in it, or the letters "PC" on the bottom.

So what do you use for your leftovers and your water bottle? In my household, we drink from Sigg bottles (a little expensive, but a good investment and they come in cool designs! I love mine!) and I pack my leftovers and take them for lunch in good old glass Pyrex bowls.

One of the big concerns is the BPA that is in almost all baby bottles. My sister uses Born Free bottles that are BPA free. So while a lot of things do contain BPA, there are alternatives.


Nancy said...

The Born Free bottles are great but very expensive. I have 6 of them but also have 3 Playtex Nurser bottles that are also safe to use ( The only thing with the Playtex ones is that they use the drop-in liners which create more waste.

Alissa said...


I also just heard that there is also BPA in the liners of food cans. They say the levels of BPA found in canned food are "safe" - but now it's one more thing on my list to eliminate. We don't buy much canned anymore anyway - I think just tomatoes and tomato paste. So I've planted my own tomatoes this year and I'll can them myself! :)

How do you like your Sigg bottles?

Christine said...

I love my sigg bottle. It was a little expensive ($16.95, I think) but worth it. It keep the water nice and cold and doesn't have a plastic-y taste.