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Stay Away From BPA

Filed Under: Environment at 3:06 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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Drinking water is essential for a healthy diet and lifestyle but buying bottled water can be expensive. In addition, it is definitely not the best option to protect the environment as tons of empty plastic bottles go to landfills every year.

So, purchasing a water bottle is the best solution. You can buy a top-quality water bottle for less than $5 and will not waste a single disposable plastic bottle.

Start saving money and protecting our planet at the same time. However, be careful as people often come across the term “BPA-Free” when looking to purchase a water bottle, and not everyone knows what it means.

BPA stands for Bisphenol A and is used primarily to make plastics products. BPA has been in commerce for years but it has a dangerous record. Suspected of being hazardous to humans since the 1930s, concerns about the use of Bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in recent years after several governments issued reports questioning its safety; thus prompting some retailers to remove products containing it from their shelves.

Several studies have been reported on the negatives health effects associated with bisphenol. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that higher bisphenol A levels were significantly associated with heart disease, diabetes, and abnormally high levels of certain liver enzymes.

Other studies have found that BPA may lead to cancer and may have adverse effects on thyroid hormone action, fetal and infant brain development and behavior, as well as brain cell connections vital to memory.

More research is needed to prove some of these effects, but the bottom line is simple: “stay away from BPA”. With so many potential negative health effects related to this component, look for BPA-Free products, not only for water bottles, but for food containers, baby products and pretty much anything made of plastic.

 3 Comments, latest by Greg


 

3 Responses to “Stay Away From BPA”

  1. Bette says:

    It should be mentioned that BPA=NUMBER 5 recyclable. So whenever you are purchasing a plastic item, look for the recycle number on the bottom. If it says 5, stay away! Also, I know that Starbucks used 5 plastics for their cold drink cups, perhaps they still do. If they still do, everyone needs to send an email or write a letter.

  2. Nena Fare says:

    Hey awesome weblog!!!

  3. Greg says:

    The number 5 recycle symbol is for polypropylene which contains no BPA. The main plastic which does contain BPA is polycarbonate. That is covered by the number 7 recycle symbol. However, number 7 also includes things like Tritan copolyester which is BPA free. So the recycle number is not really the definitive identifier.

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