But I’m not going to try to scare you away from plastic bottles with the Big C word, because hearing the word cancer doesn’t scare people anymore. Everyone’s like cancer? Psshhh. I’ve had that before.
Now man boobs… that’s scary. No one wants to have them OR see them.
Spread the word – we’ve got to start drinking out of plastic-free containers. You, me, the men, the kids and the babies who get the bottle all need to explore our healthier alternatives such as glass, lined aluminum or stainless steel.
If you must drink out of plastic, use BPA-free plastics. The safer number plastics are 1, 2 and 5.
So what is BPA?
Well, for us nerdy types, I’ve snagged the following info from our government friends.
BPA stands for Bisphenol A, a chemical produced in large quantities for use primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.
Where is bisphenol A found?
Polycarbonate plastics are umm, everywhere: food and drink packaging, water and infant bottles, compact discs, impact-resistant safety equipment, and medical devices.
Epoxy resins are used as lacquers to coat metal products such as food cans, bottle tops, and water supply pipes. Some polymers used in dental sealants or composites contain bisphenol A-derived materials. In 2004, the estimated production of bisphenol A in the United States was approximately 2.3 billion pounds, (holy shit!) most of which was used in polycarbonate plastics and resins.
How does bisphenol A get in the body?
The primary source of exposure to bisphenol A for most people is through the diet. While air, dust, and water (including skin contact during bathing and swimming) are other possible sources of exposure, bisphenol A in food and beverages accounts for most daily human exposure. Bisphenol A can migrate into food from food and beverage containers with internal epoxy resin coatings and from consumer products such as polycarbonate tableware, food containers, water bottles, and baby bottles. The degree to which bisphenol A leaches from polycarbonate bottles into liquid may depend more on the temperature of the liquid or bottle, than the age of the container. Bisphenol A can also be found in breast milk.
What can I do to prevent exposure to bisphenol A?
If you are concerned, you can make personal choices to reduce exposure:
* Don’t microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers. Polycarbonate is strong and durable, but over time it may break down from over use at high temperatures.
* Polycarbonate containers that contain BPA usually have a #7 on the bottom
* Reduce your use of canned foods.
* When possible, opt for glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids.
* Use baby bottles that are BPA free.
All Natural Me wants to know –
What kind of bottle and containers do you use?