What Is BPA?
The chemical BPA (bisphenol A) has been around since the 60s in the production of various epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics. Both of these are common in the food industry, where resins generally line the inside of some metal products, like food cans, and BPA is often used packaging, containers, plastic mugs and plates, and drinks bottles.
What Are The Dangers of BPA?
Research is ongoing as to the degree of risk from BPA, which the FDA says is safe at low levels. However, it’s been shown that the chemical can make its way into drinks and foods from their containers, bottles or packages.
Quite shockingly, BPA traces can be found in the urine of most adults because it’s such a prevalent chemical that’s been used for so many years.
BPA exposure has been linked to various health issues, but the true extent and implications are not yet fully known. The more you use products with BPA, the more you are potentially being exposed to and the greater the risk. I don’t think it’s been shown yet that the levels of toxicity are too dangerous from occasional and safe use of products with BPA, but things like drinking from a plastic water bottle when it gets hot or regularly refilling it that are riskier and yet can be fairly easily avoided. Actually, it’s when these things happen that you can actually notice a nasty smell and taste to the plastic, which will make you think twice about how fresh and safe it is.
While the science behind the effects of BPA is still sketchy, there is the belief it can affect hormones and the endocrine system, and that it can be a contributory factor to various illnesses, cancers, birth defects and heart disease.
For those of us with invisible/chronic illnesses, reducing or removing BPA to whatever degree possible is something that’s fairly easily to do to help our health.
Reducing the risk with BPA
- Instead of plastic containers and bottles, try to seek alternatives like stainless steel and glass.
- Avoid putting polycarbonate plastics in the microwave or dishwasher.
- Check labelling on products on opt for those that are BPA free for their tins/containers.
- Invest in BPA free reusable water bottles, which would also coincide with eco-friendly initiatives to reduce disposable plastics.
You can find various contains, dishes and bottles that are BPA-free. For instance :
Getting A Suitable Bottle
When looking for a reusable water bottle, check that it’s BPA-free, but also leak and spill-proof. Think about when and where you want to use it so the size suits you (500ml, for instance, would be the average water bottle size). Some brands will include a warranty, which is useful if you’re investing in a pricier bottle.
I now use a non-toxic, BPA-free bottle I found on Amazon – the Super Sparrow bottle made from Tritan Co-Polyester Plastic – which I’d recommend to anyone looking to make a worthwhile investment in a decent bottle. My post is not sponsored by this brand by the way, I just wanted to share what I’ve found to be a worthwhile purchase as previous bottles I’ve had were quite disappointing. This one has a handy flip lid with optional lock to ensure it doesn’t pop up when being carried, and a detachable carry strap. There are a variety of colours in different sizes to suit your own preferences. I didn’t want an infuser to take up space in the bottle, but I can happily fit a lemon slide or two in there when I want a fruity perk to the water.
It looks fab with a “special reflective frosted casing that reacts uniquely to your environment”and the water tastes deliciously fresh, better I think than straight from a glass, strangely enough. I love it. The spout is easy to use with a fast flow, and the lid is spill and leak-proof. I use the 500ml bottle which I think is the perfect size for me to take out with me in the car or my bag, and use at home. There’s also a 30 day money back guarantee and 12 month warranty for peace of mind.
Super Sparrow bottle in various colours and sizes (250ml, 500ml & 1000ml) :
Have you tried cutting down the use of BPA in tins and plastics? I’d love to hear if you have and what alternatives you’ve found!