BPA-Free Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

I hesitated on whether to share this post. I like to stay abreast of current issues and try to make the most informed choices for my family.But, I don’t want to hop on every band wagon or be like the boy who cried wolf.

I want to find that happy medium between being conscientious of possible health issues and simply enjoying God’s beautiful gift of life each day.

That said… Have you ever wondered about BPA? As part of the healthy gift series last year, we talked about only buying plastic bottles that are BPA-free and shared some good water bottle choices.

So, if you’re like me, you probably have a bunch of BPA-free containers, because they’re better, right?

Well, according to a study that was published in the Environmental Health Perspective Journal, BPA free containers are not any better than rest, and may even be worse!

They tested a variety of containers including containers sold as BPA-free and found that even the containers being marketed as BPA-free leached chemicals that have estrogenic activity. And in some cases, the BPA-free containers leached even more estrogen interfering chemicals than the “regular” plastics.

What does estrogenic activity mean? It basically means that the bottles are leaching stuff that may interfere with one’s natural hormonal balance.

Great, just what we need. More hormone interfering chemicals when the rates of infertility are soaring and projected to rise even further, and so many women are having problems. (You can read more detailed info on Wikipedia)

It might not seem like a big deal, but if you’re like me and always on the go toting around a bottle of water  it adds up!

I feel like I’m continuously running somewhere: to school, to the grocery, to bible study or miscellaneous errands.  And if you know me you’d know that I always have a bottle of water in tow!

I guess the time has come to chuck those plastic containers and find a few well-loved stainless steel water bottle choices to bring into the house as replacements.

What’s your take? Do you avoid plastic water bottles/containers? 
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Source: http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.1003220


13 comments to BPA-Free Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

  • Bebe

    We reuse glass kombucha bottles. Before I got my own brewing up and running I bought GT’s by the case (so I could get a discount!). They seemed so perfect I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away and fortunately I had the foresight to save the boxes so they store easily on a shelf in my back entry. I use them for bottling my own kombucha and also as water bottles for car trips.
    Another thing that I just got is Cuppow lids that fit on canning jars (widemouth only, at least at this time). Honestly, I don’t know what material they are made of but they are BPA free. I’m pretty sure their website does say what the material is but my memory is like a sieve and it seemed unimportant to remember. Didn’t Einstein say he never memorized anything he could look up? My man! Anyway, I figure the drink sits in glass and only touches the plastic lid quickly on its way into my mouth so I’m not going to worry about it.

  • Vicky

    I’ve been looking at stainless-steel water bottles and most of them have plastic lids. There are a few with stainless-steel lids, but they’re more expensive. Is it important to have a stainless-steel lid, or is plastic fine (with a “bpa-free” claim)?

    Also, how well does a stainless-steel water bottle keep cool? I live in TX, and I’m worried a metal water bottle would get HOT and make the water hot too…

    I’m slowly getting rid of plastics, but it’s HARD (not to mention EXPENSIVE)!

    • I know exactly what you mean Vicky! I think the best thing to do is just not to be overwhelmed and no matter what little steps we can make, every little bit adds up. :) I use a glass water bottle with a plastic sleeve that I got from target for everyday while the weather is cooler.

      When the weather warms up, I want to get a kleen kanteen as I have heard great things about them. Hope that helps!

  • Susan

    I just came across your blog and I’m glad I saw this post. My daughter (7) has elevated estrogen levels and we have removed most plastic, but not the BPA-free water bottles she takes to school. Ick. Now I need to look into another option after reading this.

    • Sorry to be the bearer of bad news :( I got a glass water bottle with a plastic sleeve from target made by ello (it is dishwasher safe). It has already been knocked off of the counter onto the floor and didn’t break. Maybe you’d want to consider that?

      Thanks for stopping by, Susan and hope to see you around :)

  • Naomi

    I reuse any glass bottles I can find, although they are becoming fewer and “far-er between-er” all the time. Snapple drinks still come in glass bottles (I think). I haven’t bought any lately because I now have a large enough supply. I’m not crazy about the metal lids on these, though. Sometimes I drink water with vinegar in it, and it’s beginning to eat away at the paint on the inside of the lid. Paint? Yikes! I do like the idea of glass with plastic sleeves. I have dropped a bottle or two in the past and don’t enjoy dealing with that cleanup.

  • I’ve done several posts on BPA-free items. It is the main reason I don’t use canned goods, except for the few BPA-free ones available. This post is very enlightening. I hate being so confused about what is truly safe and what is not, but it is far better to be informed than not, so I guess I will continue to try and make the best choices possible. I am definitely going to look into cuppow lids and satinless steel water bottles. Thanks for this post. BPA concerned people will be glad for it.

  • Hey Katie. I’ve invested in stainless steel drink containers for my kids to use and I have a few that we use for travel, etc. I bought the ones with plastic lids, but usually simply remove the screw top to drink. I also generally don’t use canned goods because of all this. I bought one set of glass storage containers (plastic lids, but better than all plastic I think) and I keep a large supply of glass jars on hand for food storage. I have a few plastic, but only use them if the item I’m putting in is dry and I have NOTHING else to put it in. I avoid plastic with wet, and particularly acidic foods. I save most of the glass jars that some of the food I buy comes in so I have a variety of sizes to store in. I had a horrible struggle with infertility and try to control what I can in hopes that my children will fare better.

    • So sorry to hear of your battle with infertility. Infertility is such a struggle for so many people these days and it is just so sad! Hopefully by making little changes we can help our bodies out by reducing the amount of toxins/chemicals we are taking in.

  • I just got a glass water bottle in a protective silicone case for Christmas and just LOVE it! No nasty chemical-leaching taste. :)

    Love your intro though. I want to be wise in my choices, but not stress out over every possible contaminent!

  • I use glass and try to avoid plastic. It is not always possible but I try.

    I would love to have you share this and any of your other posts on Thursdays at Tasty Traditions: http://myculturedpalate.com/

  • Carolyn

    Check out the great stainless steel bottle at http://www.flylady.net.

    They are double walled SS, so keep retain the temp extremely well. Takes a verrrry long time for ice to melt.


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