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Why BPA Free Drink Bottles?

bispphenol bottlesBisphenol A (or BPA for short) is a compound used in the manufacturing of many plastics. There have been many reports in main stream media about the dangers of BPA leaching in to the drinking water or food of containers made with BPA.

BPA is an endocrine disruptor and can mimic the body’s own hormones which may lead to negative health effects in high doses. Regulatory bodies have determined safety levels for humans, but those safety levels are currently being questioned as a result of new scientific studies.

What harm can BPA do to my health?

The studies on the effects of BPA in the human system are very much in their infancy.The Endocrine Society have expressed concern over current human exposure to BPA, reporting that BPA appears to be pouring in to the human body from a variety of unknown sources.

Studies done in 2009 on mice have shown:-

  • BPA exposure caused long term adverse reproductive problems during prenatal critical periods
  • Neonatal exposure to BPA disrupted ovarian development
  • … plus many others

While there is much debate about their effects, do you really want to keep drinking out of unsafe plastic water bottles while we’re waiting for the results?

Environmental concerns with plastic bottled water

Here’s some fast facts about the bottled water industry. Even if you ignore the hype about BPA, these environmental concerns are enough to warrante everyone switching from buying bottled water ot carrying your own around in a BPA free water bottle.

  • It takes 10 litres of water to make a 1 litre disposable plastic water bottle
  • 200ml of oil goes in to the production of a 600ml disposable plastic water bottle
  • In America, 1,500 disposable water bottles end up as rubbish EVERY SECOND

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See also:  The Perils of Plastic (Time.com)

5 Responses to Why BPA Free Drink Bottles?

  1. OLD SMELLY Jul 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    Nice way to sell more bottles. No proof yet that the BPA leaches out into your water. FDA (Paranoid Americans) say the Polycarbonate is safe. NICE WAY TO SELL MORE BOTTLES

  2. Justin Jul 15, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    Perhaps, but do you remember a time when Asbestos was safe and Aluminium couldn’t burn?

    Check out: http://205.188.238.181/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1976909_1976908_1976938-1,00.html
    &
    http://www.enviroblog.org/2009/05/bpa-the-baby-bottle-to-human-body-connection.html

  3. Warren Gans Jul 15, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    I heard that Nalgene had to pull its bottle stock globally as they were then made of Lexan- due to the above change. GSI immediately released a range of bottles and coffee plungers made of BPA free materials. Personally i am happy to use Lexan as i don’t live out of the bottle or coffee press, however i know people do. If anyone from Eiger is reading this i wonder if they could help us?

    With respect to the rest of the artical: glass is the way forward in that it is safe, while plastics have degrees of safety. This is clearly not a practical solution to our problem and so we are better off using a good quality BPA Free bottle.

    Steripen sent us a terrifying series of photos showing those disposed bottles with stats: there was a picture of a sea kayaker paddling through a massive floating island of one off bottles. Its like you have a choice: damage your body or the environment.

  4. John Fontyn Jul 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    Whether Nalgene bottles could transfer enough BPA to prove harmful to humans is debatable. What the issue has done is focus attention on the advantages of reusable bottles – and that is a really good result.
    By investing in a home filter, and using one of these bottles for your daily hydration needs – is an easy and painless way to contribute towards caring for the environment. The new plastic is called Tritan, and is pretty much as tough as Lexan.

  5. Gustav Jul 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Agree with John here, re-use before you think about re-cycle. Buy an expensive waterbottle and keep onto it for as long as possible (although I use a 2litre coke bottle – over and over and over…)

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