Friday, February 29, 2008

Bye Bye Bottle


This may be worse than we thought
Reusable plastic bottles leach BPA at room temperature


A lot of people have those reusable polycarbonate water bottles; you can’t go to a college campus these days without seeing students carrying these multi-hued bottles around as they make their way through classes.

Well, a couple weeks back researchers at the University of Cincinnati released a startling new study showing that many of these bottles leach bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor, into water that is being stored within the container.

These researchers found that these plastic bottles leach BPA into room-temperature water. That’s bad enough, but if boiling water is put into these bottles, the rate of BPA leaching goes up by quite a bit.

All the evidence out there tells us that this stuff is not good for you; Environmental Working G roup tested canned foods recently, which are lined with the same BPA plastic as these water bottles are made from. As it turns out, foods from metal cans contain significantly more of the chemical than water from bottles.

I applaud the use of reusable water bottles to cut down on the environmental impact of bottled water, but with this new research, stainless steel and metal water bottles are looking better and better. Some have a plastic lining, but Klean Kanteen and Sigg makes metal water bottles that are BPA free.

Parents who are concerned about baby’s plastic bottles should know that although this study didn’t look at baby bottles, it studied the same type of plastic. At this point, there’s enough research out there to justify the added expense of buying BPA-free or glass bottles. But an even more critical step would be to substitute powdered formula for liquid formula if your baby isn’t drinking breast milk. Babies don’t need to be getting extra endocrine disruptors in any form.

Back to the drinking fountain, I guess!

23 comments:

Rebecca said...

I noticed that my reusable coffee mug, which was stainless steel on the outside, was lined with plastic. Now I have a mug that's stainless steel inside and out. I should probably go out and get a stainless steel water bottle, too. Thanks for the information!

Joy said...

Great post! We've switched to glass baby bottles and bispheno-free sippy cups too. It's scary stuff!

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Rebecca Martin said...
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Feener said...

totally reseraching this topic right now for my kids' cups.....

Rosebud Organics said...

I'm so sad, I just discovered this as well. I started toting my plastic water jug around when I became pregnant with my now 9 month old. REI makes a non-BPA plastic 25 oz jug for $9. I'm going to pick one up ASAP.

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

I recently got a SIGG bottle for me, my husband, my daughter, and my son (although he's just one and having some problems with his). You did say one thing that I was unaware of though...canned foods!?! EEK scary. Perhaps I'll switch to buying frozen. Is anything "safe" anymore?

Jennifer said...
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Jennifer said...

I have just bought some stainles steel bottles, and they came with these great sippy lids as well which were just fantastic for my young boys. Now I can get rid of all of their plastic sippy cups. I got glass bottles for my baby as well, they come with these silicone covers - does anyone know if you're supposed to wash these things, they get terribly dirty since they have holes and they don't come off very easily at all?

Sarah Concannon said...

Stainless steel water bottles are the way to go. They are not only safer but they make tap water taste better than bottled. Green Students Fundraising is a company that runs environmental fundraisers for just about anybody who cares. Part of their campaign are Klean Kanteens, the top quality stainless steel bottles. Any moms who are interested can run this at their child's school to help raise money and help the environment. Offices can join in too to raise money for that much deserved Christmas party or maybe a new energy star printer.
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