Bisphenol A (BPA) and What You Should Know

February 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm 1 comment

People throw around the acronym BPA a lot.  We’re going to drop some knowledge here about what Bisphenol A truly is and how you can inform yourself.  By the end of this article we’re basically going to tell you this: It would be difficult to consume enough BPA to become seriously ill from it, HOWEVER – it is more poisonous to children AND there are alternatives, so why not work to diminish your and your children’s intake of BPA as much as possible?

The facts:

  1. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical building block that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastic is a lightweight, high-performance plastic that possesses a unique balance of toughness, optical clarity, high heat resistance, and excellent electrical resistance.  Polycarbonate is used in a wide variety of common products including digital media (e.g., CDs, DVDs), electrical and electronic equipment, automobiles, sports safety equipment, reusable food and drink containers.
  2. In 2002, approximately 2.8 million tons of bisphenol A (BPA) was produced globally (Source: Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI))
  3. In April 2008 the FDA did a “cross agency review of current research and new information on BPA’s. The results concluded that “…we believe there is a large body of evidence that indicates that FDA-regulated products containing BPA currently on the market are safe and that exposure levels to BPA from food contact materials, including for infants and children, are below those that may cause health effects.This position is consistent with two risk assessments for BPA conducted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Scientific Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Aids and Materials in Contact with Food and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.”
  4. A 12 member panel for the National Institute of Health, in August 2007, declared that “the compound, also known as BPA, could pose some risk to the neurological development of infants and children.”
  5. The state of California banned certain products with BPA in April 2008.  The Toxin Free Toddlers and Babies Act specifically “…bans any detectable level of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from all toys and child care products sold in California.”

bpa-free-bottle

Be certain to regard that highlighted/itallicized item in #3 – FDA REGULATED PRODUCTS CONTAINING BPA.  There are A LOT of polycarbonate products out there that are not FDA regulated.  Research based information produced by reliable sources (FDA, NIH, EFSA, JNIAIST) all concur that BPA is not an absolute health risk, but they do concur that minimal risks exist.

Because a risk does exist, although it is minimal, the intelligent person must ask: Are there alternatives?  And there are.  And ecosumo carries some of them.  Check out the BPA free reusable water bottles: KOR Hydration vessel for style around town, Nalgene’s Grip-N-Gulp for the kids as your moving ’em about, and the Nalgene Titan 32 0z. for your hikes and around the office/home.  And don’t forget – reusable water bottles play a HUGE part in reducing the waste of disposable water bottles (a topic we’ll follow up on next week.)

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