Wednesday, September 2, 2009

SIGG Gets BPA Busted

A report released from Advertising Age delivered sad news for SIGG fans. Yes, those eco-chic, cool, funky-designed, adventurous water bottles. I managed to buy five of them to replace my Nalgene bottles. The conundrum now is the CEO has admitted that the metal, reusable bottles produced before August 2008 has trace amounts of BPA.

Great…the whole idea was to not ingest more hormone disruptors and now consumers are lashing out with letters to the CEO! For the record, there is a difference between leaching out of BPA vs. simply containing BPA. This is an important distinction as BPA is directly linked to plastic and metal liners.

It is the chemical building block often used to manufacture polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. This toxin helps to make plastic lightweight, durable, optically clear, and has excellent electrical and heat resistance qualities. Because of these attributes, polycarbonate is used in a wide variety of common products including digital media (e.g. CDs, DVDs), electronic equipment, automobiles, sports safety equipment, and even reusable food and drink containers.

Why does all of this matter? Well, BPA has been extensively researched and has gained infamous press coverage for "leaching out" of polycarbonate. Basically, those toxins are breaking down and presenting themselves into whatever is contained in the plastic.

The research backed by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, the EPA, NIH and well documented in Nature and Science have explained that this nasty environmental contaminant is the devil on your endocrine system, especially for children going through puberty. Scientists are still divided as to what types of "diseases and cancer" it causes. Some, just to name a few, include breast and prostate cancer, ADHD, and type 2 diabetes. Others are worrying that BPA affects the maturing brain in unspecified ways...hey, why wait to find out? Demand transparency now!

Sources: Advertising Age, US Dept. of Health, and National Geographic

1 comment:

Ginny said...

I traded in all of my Nalgene's for SIGGs, and now this news. Make syou wonder if there is a truly safe option.