So, who hasn’t heard about BPA in plastic bottles? I think everyone has because it’s mentioned in the news constantly… and rightfully (frightfully) so.
In a nutshell, BPA is Bisphenol A – an industrial chemical used in bottle manufacturing. It mimics the female hormone estrogen (all guys are scared now) and causes all sorts of health problems. As much as I hate animal testing (they previously only tested on mice) they are now being tested on monkeys (since they are physiologically so close to humans) and some nasty stuff is being discovered (including behavioral problems, brain development issues, cancers and a whole slew of other debated conditions).
Does this scare anyone else? Sure scares me.
Now the National Toxicology Program (the NTP – a division of the National Institutes of Health) issued an alarm giving it a designation of “some concern” (equivalent to ‘3’ on a scale of ‘5’). As if I wasn’t alarmed enough. I could give you a whole list of scary, ugly stuff about BPA, but let me just say it’s bad, bad, bad.
Last Mother’s Day my favorite gift (besides crazy amounts of hugs, kisses and love) was a Sigg bottle. It’s a shocking thing when your water actually TASTES like water, instead of plastic. But Siggs are expensive and unaffordable for some.
I’ve discovered an alternative bottle that is just as good, but affordable. They’re from CynerGreen. They’re BPA free, eco-friendly and the kid’s version already comes with the drink spout you need. They even have a sippy cup. Right up a green mom’s alley! And they start at just $7 a bottle. We have one and we love it!
I’m just so frustrated that the FDA doesn’t regulate this chemical, even though the CDC estimates that 92.6% of Americans, age 6 and above, have measurable BPA in their bodies. The bottom line is there is just too much third party research that tells us all this stuff is bad news.
So I’m not waiting to find out… gather your plastic bottles, chuck them in the recycling bin, buy a few stainless steel or aluminum bottles and don’t look back…