Friday, June 10, 2011

BPA.....Are you SERIOUS!!

Well its no secret that I really don't like 60 Minutes (you know that crappy current affairs show that is on on a Sunday night).  Mr.C insists on watching it, most of the time i walk away, but i got sucked into their segment on BPA Free bottles.  Never mind that they were filming kids and adults playing and drinking out of the toxic bottles (which is ludicrous that they would even film that) it also brought it to my attention that so many people don't know about this toxic chemical, and what it can do to your body when ingested (especially over a long period of time).

It was first brought to my attention when Mr.T was 1yo and had just been weened off bottles.  The fact that he was on bottles was for me heart breaking enough, but learning that i had been feeding him a known poison made me furious!  When i say 'known', it was not publicly known, it was known to the industry, and to the government.  It wasn't until countries legislated the banning of the use of plastics containing BPA that it really grabbed peoples attention through the media.

It was also a harsh way to learn that i simply cannot trust in any companies or the government to do the right thing, or act in the best interest of children and families.  I set about learning what i could, and also when the A-Bomb came along i sought out BPA free bottles for him to ensure the best start for him in the event he needed to be bottle fed.

Although BPA free bottles are now clearly labeled in supermarkets, Bottles containing BPA are still being sold.  Here is a great online store that is dedicated to the sale of BPA free products for babies and should help you with some information and brands that are available.  I cannot believe that this is still an issue that society have to deal with, to me the solution seems simple and obvious, BPA should be banned.  In the mean time i strongly encourage everyone to avoid purchasing bottles containing BPA by only purchasing bottles labeled BPA free.

After discussing this with a friend it also occurred to me that there are so many other household items that may contain harmful ingredients, so my aim for this year is to become an even more informed consumer and create a safer living environment for me any my family.


  1. Kez, do normal water bottles like pump/mt franklin bottles have BPA? or just baby bottles, reusable drink bottles? I know nothing about this but I'm a bit curious.... x

  2. As far an i am aware, through my reading, the BPA is not in single use bottles like pump and mount franklin, it is used in strong clear reusable plastics. Lots of re-usable adult drink bottles are BPA free because they are made of colored and softer plastics. Unfortunately it can be hard to tell because lots of bottles are not labeled with recycling codes, but avoid number 7.