Much has been said about BPA, and many believe it is present in water bottles. This, however, could not be further from the truth.
Most consumers will be quick to reject a product if they believe it has Bisphenol A or BPA. Surprisingly, many consumers know little about BPA, except that it can have adverse effects to one’s health.
Bottled water, in particular, receives a bad rap because many believe its plastic container allows BPA to seep into the water. But before you start avoiding bottled water, it is best to examine what you know about BPA and plastic water bottles in general.
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What is BPA?
Bisphenol A is a colorless and odorless industrial chemical, which has been in commercial use since the 1950s. Due to its chemical structure and cross-linking properties, BPA is extensively used in manufacturing polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.
Polycarbonate plastics are used in food and beverage containers, CDs and DVDs, sports equipment, and other consumer goods. Epoxy resins, on the other hand, coat the inside of metal products, such as food-grade cans and bottle tops. Even water supply lines use epoxy resins.
Effects of Using BPA
Over the years, the use of BPA in food and beverage containers, such as water bottles, has caused quite a stir globally. Health advocates have expressed their concerns about the long-term effects of using plastic food and beverage containers made with BPA. Many believe that plastic water bottles leach chemicals, which can be harmful to one’s health.
Countries such as France, Denmark, Sweden, and Canada have banned using BPA in consumer goods. In the U.S., eight states—Minnesota, Washington, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Wisconsin—have banned the use of BPA in certain products, especially in baby products. As of December 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has followed the lead of these states, prohibiting the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups.
Still, according to the FDA, the available information from its safety review continues to support that BPA is safe for its current approved uses in food containers and packaging. Quite the opposite of numerous studies linking BPA to some major health concerns. including the risk of certain cancers, diabetes, heart diseases, increased blood pressure, infertility, fetal development, and congenital disabilities.
BPA–Free Water bottles
Contrary to common misconceptions, most water bottles are actually BPA-free. Instead, they are made from a plastic called polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.
PET is a strong yet lightweight, non-reactive, and economical plastic. It is a highly valued packaging material generally considered safe to use for food and beverage containers. Like glass, PET containers do not leach chemicals. It does not biologically or chemically degrade with use, but unlike glass, PET plastic containers are non- breakable and easy to transport.
PET is recognized by health authorities worldwide. Environmentalists also consider PET plastic containers as a sustainable option since it is 100 percent recyclable, meaning to say, PET bottles are approved for both single and repeated use.
How to Recognize PET Water Bottles?
When trying to identify a PET water bottle, look for the number 1 inside the Mobius loop, or the triangular “chasing arrows” symbol on the bottom or side of PET containers. No other plastic carries the #1 code. The acronym PET or PETE is typically molded below the triangle.
When you see this universal symbol, you will know that a container is made from polyethylene terephthalate and is considered safe for general use.
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