The FDA reverses their position on BPA

by John Hamlin 18. January 2010 13:05

The Food and Drug Administration has officially reversed its stand regarding BPA, the chemical found in plastic bottles and thousands of consumer goods.  This comes after their longstanding position maintaining that BPA is safe, backed by two major studies which were paid for by none other than the chemical industry itself. Further review of scientific evidence has (unsurprisingly) linked the chemical to a range of health problems and the FDA are now advising the public to take measurable steps to reduce their exposure.

However, despite the overwhelming evidence pointing to the dangers of BPA, regulators have not enforced regulations that ban the compound in manufacturing or require labeling of products containing BPA – apparently due to insufficient data to support a legal crackdown. 

Scary Statistic:  BPA is so prevalent that in fact over 90% of the US population has traces of it in their urine due to the leaching of BPA from containers into food and beverages.

While this a good first step that the FDA is finally recognizing the legitimate concern about BPA use, it may take some time before regulations are imposed to prevent its use and protect public health.  This adds another reason why it pays to be a wise and informed consumer and to opt for alternative products to plastic or ensure that your plastic is BPA-free.  Check out our Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottles.



BPA – bisphenol A – Should you care?

by John Hamlin 14. January 2009 18:45

There has been an amazing amount of articles, studies, news, journal articles and a great deal of controversy around BPA.  Many companies, and groups are cautioning everyone to avoid products that could expose you to BPA.  With all the controversy and articles that state the dangers and many that with just the opposite opinion, what should you do?

My though process is simple.  If it is a non-natural chemical, and it has this much controversy . . . then I would recommend that it simply be avoided. 

Based on the Wikipedia BPA entry, it seems that it should be avoided, and you should care as the effects although not outwardly apparent in the short term would at most exposure levels have an effect on your health or the health of your family. 

For a great insight into this subject I recommend picking-up and reading the February 2009 issue of Fast Company magazine .  The article titled, “The Truth about BPA” raises very interesting questions about the chemicals we expose ourselves to everyday and the process or lack there of in determining the toxicity, safety and overall impact on ourselves and our environment.  Once the article is available online this article will be updated with a direct link.   (now available) 

Given the great controversy we at Green Benefits have chosen to offer a wide selection of steel, aluminum and plastic, ‘BPA free’ water bottles and drink wear.  

How to Identify plastic bottles:

Plastic Identification Code

Type of plastic polymer


Common Packaging Applications

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, PETE) Clarity, strength, toughness, barrier to gas and moisture. Soft drink, water and salad dressing bottles; peanut butter and jam jars
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Stiffness, strength, toughness, resistance to moisture, permeability to gas. Milk, juice and water bottles; trash and retail bags.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Versatility, clarity, ease of blending, strength, toughness. Juice bottles; cling films; PVC piping
Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Ease of processing, strength, toughness, flexibility, ease of sealing, barrier to moisture. Frozen food bags; squeezable bottles, e.g. honey, mustard; cling films; flexible container lids.
Polypropylene (PP) Strength, toughness, resistance to heat, chemicals, grease and oil, versatile, barrier to moisture. Reusable microwaveable ware; kitchenware; yogurt containers; margarine tubs; microwaveable disposable take-away containers; disposable cups and plates.
Polystyrene (PS)
Versatility, clarity, easily formed Egg cartons; packing peanuts; disposable cups, plates, trays and cutlery; disposable take-away containers;
Other (often polycarbonate or ABS) Dependent on polymers or combination or polymers Beverage bottles; baby milk bottles; electronic casing.

by John Hamlin – January 14, 2009