BPA Plastic concerns

If you have concerns about bisphenol-a in plastics you should read this to know what this is and to take action.

Toxic BPA

What is BPA or bisphenol-a

it is a chemical used to harden plastics and can be identified at the bottom of bottles in a triangular stamp with a 7 inside. BPA is widely used to make plastic hard, clear and almost unbreakable, plastic called polycarbonate (Any of a class of thermoplastics characterized by high-impact strength, light weight, and flexibility, and used as shatter-resistant substitutes for glass).

A recent study by United States National Toxicology showed that the health effects of chemicals raised concerns about the potential effects on neural and behavioral effects of BPA on humans, but especially on fetuses, babies and young children. The study also concluded that when heating products containing BPA in microwaves will breakdown chemicals faster at higher temperatures.

Companies are fighting against BPA/bisphenol-a products

  • Playtex announced that they will stop using BPA in baby items.
  • Wallmart will remove bottles containing BPA from the shelves
  • ToysRUs have plans to phase out all products containing BPA by the end of 2008.

How do I fight against BPA/bisphenol-a products

  • Make sure when you buy plastic products that it doesn’t contain BPA, look out for the triangle with the 7 inside or if it says something like PC (polycarbonate) at the bottom or if it states BPA-free.
  • Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers.
  • Do not heat foods or liquids in plastic containers.
  • Canned products can also contain BPA, but not all, so for your own assurance use fresh fruit or veggies.

Consumers and parents need to be vigilant and wise. Protect yourself and your family, and avoid BPA for infants or young children, use alternatives like glass bottles, disposable bottles or products that says BPA-free.