BPA’s first scientific documentation was in 1905 by Thomas Zinke, though it is believed that it was created far before 1905 in 1891. Bisphenol A also known as BPA is an organic synthetic compound that is used to create plastics and epoxy. The final product is called polycarbonate and it is used for everything from water bottles to dental fillings.
During the 1950’s, polycarbonate made a big debut thanks to a technological revolution that brought with it processes like injection molding. Companies chose polycarbonate because of its colorless, pliable properties. It wasn’t until much later that prolonged exposure paired with additional research linked BPA plastics to infertility and other health problems such as cancers.
That’s when the nation panicked. Big name companies removed all traces of BPA plastics from their products. They stamped “BPA-free” on each water bottle, baby bottle, and container. This became a key selling point to consumers who were aware of BPA plastic’s risks.
The problem lived on. Of 455 products examined in a study by CertiChem, almost every bottle contained chemicals that mimicked estrogen. Yes, this includes the ones that are labeled as BPA-free. So, is there really a safe water bottle?
Glass Water Bottles:
Glass water bottles are great for beverages hot or cold and will not degrade over time. They are 100% dishwasher safe and recyclable. Glass has no effect on the taste of the contained liquid and is great for infused water as well. The only drawback is the obvious fragility of a glass water bottle. Search for a glass water bottle that contains a strong plastic or silicone cover to ensure more durability. Since this is on the outside of the water bottle, no contamination will take place.
Stainless Steel Water Bottles:
Stainless steel has no known health or safety issues. They do not leach any known chemicals into a consumer’s water. They are extremely durable, sleek, dishwasher safe, and available in many different colors. The only problem we have found with stainless steel water bottles is an occasional metallic taste and the bottles’ accelerated warming during a hot day. Beware when purchasing! Some water bottles that may appear to be stainless steel may be aluminum. Aluminum water bottles often present a BPA-ridden plastic liner.
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