I began replacing all plastic containers in the kitchen since last year since the chemical “Bisphenol-A (BPA)” started to creep up in the paper, news, and in store shelves. Who can forget the whole Nalgene episode and subsequent premiere of “BPA-Free” labels on their bottles in BIG BOLD letters in colorful circular decals? And how about the Sigg Water Bottle company that quietly took their aluminum bottles off the shelves after EWG’s urging to remove them because their epoxy lining contained BPA?
It’s maddening how BPA is in EVERYTHING!!
What is BPA?
According to Chemical Sensitivities Manitoba (CSM), “Bisphenol A (BPA), a high volume production substance worldwide, is utilized in epoxy and epoxy-modified resins, electrical encapsulations, internal lining of food and drink cans, polycarbonate (PC) and items from PC, dental materials, automotive components, medical devices, tin plating additives and cosmetics, among other products. This diversity of its usage makes its presence pervasive.”
How does BPA affect our health?
BPA can cause breast cancer, prostate cancer, interferes with reproductive system, infant development, heart disease, diabetes, and interferes with cellular development in the uterus even before the fetus is born. Although our exposure might be minuscule from one product, it’s the accumulative effect that will damage on the cellular level over time.
BPA is most commonly used in hard plastics, like those clear tough water bottles – and yes, even those 5 gallon water cooler bottles and some pitchers. It is also used in canned foods – except for some cans like Eden Foods’ Organic Beans. It is even in infants’ formula cans and plastic sippy cups and also in baby food jar lids. And since babies are more vulnerable to toxic chemical exposures, it is especially alarming.
But In Cosmetics?
Yes, BPA can affect even your cosmetics. How? I wrote a tell-all article on “BPA and cosmetics” on my diva friend, Eco Diva‘s blog.
Check out the article and let me know what you think.
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