21 April 2008

just say 'no' to b.p.a.

Update 04.22.08: The New York Times just printed a more specifically health related article about this as well. Details the kinds of specific things that contain BPA and a few brands/companies that do no use them, as well as an idea of our exposure risks.

I know you are probably missing my informative and witty blog-posts and I have a lot to say, but I have been having one technical difficulty after another, not to mention doing a bit of traveling, so I haven't had a chance to compose the beautiful blogs you're used to. But soon! Very soon!

In the mean time, read this article from the New York Times about Canada's likelihood of labeling the plastics compound bisphenol-a (BPA) as toxic. This is usually found in hard, shatter-proof plastics like polycarbonates-- like what's used to make our lovely reusable Nalgene-type bottles. They're saying that they're mostly a concern when used in food-related applications for children where the toxins can leech out into the food or drink (water bottles, food containers, baby bottles, lined food cans, etc.), as they are also commonly used in other products (like iPod shells) that we use other day, but apparently this kind exposure is not dangerous.

So since we know most plastics are bad anyway... let's just steer clear of them altogether shall we? Need a non-polycarbonate reusable bottle alternative? .Try these cool aluminum ones from Sigg. I bought my little sister one for Christmas and she loves it. They're really pretty, light-weight, and come in various shapes and sizes. They also make thermoses, boxes, and travel mugs. I've seen most Whole Foods, REI/EMS stores, and other such places carry them.

1 comment:

Janet Watkins said...

Oh my. I work in Macy's optical department and polycarbonate is a material customers can and are encouraged to choose for their lenses and frames. Promoted for it's safety and strength, it is also known as CR-39 plastic and creates the thinnest and lightest lens available. UV and scratch coated and ideal for children's glasses because the lenses are the most impact resistant.

You can just imagine the thousands of other applications where b.p.a. is used. Our environmental and energy footprint gets deeper every day.

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