Finding BPA-free drinking bottles and baby bottles is easier now than a year ago. However, you have to do your homework before shopping because some water bottles such as certain brands of stainless steel bottles might appear to be BPA-free, but they are NOT. Why? The epoxy resin that lines some stainless steel bottles has BPA in the resin. One brand that has come under scrutiny for BPA in the liner is the older models of SIGG bottles. Also, if you are using liquid baby formula, you want to contact your doctor to make sure the liquid formula container is BPA-free. Powdered formula containers do not contain BPA according to an article in Boston Globe. If you want to learn more about BPA research, earlier this year I wrote a series of Momathon Blog posts on BPA-free products.
So why is BPA a health concern? According to a recent article by Sarah Engler in CookieMag.com:
If you've been following the headlines, you've learned by now that many bottles and sippy cups are made from polycarbonate plastic, which contains bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen that studies have linked to an increased risk of obesity, attention-deficit disorder, brain damage, and even cancer. Safe beverage containers are made from glass, steel, or BPA-free plastics like polyethylene or polypropylene (are typically opaque or labeled with a #2, #4, or #5).
- To see the list of BPA-free bottles the staffers at Cookie Magazine picked click here.
- To read more BPA-free alternatives to SIGG check out TreeHugger.
- To read more about what BPA labels mean check out this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online