BPA Free @ Babypotz
Whats all the fuss about using BPA free products ?
I am hesitant to tackle the topic of BPA, for a number of reasons. For one, a lot of people already seem to know all about BPA, and you can find lots of information about it online.
In addition, I’m no scientist; I learn more about BPA all the time, and trying to comprehend it all can make me feel like I’m back in school science class (which wasnt my strongest subject !).
But I think I would be remiss if we didn’t take the time to look at BPA here at Babypotz.
First Things First: What Is BPA?
Stick with me here – this is the “science part.”
BPA stands for Bisphenol-A. It is an organic compound that is used primarily to make plastics, and it’s especially common in shatterproof plastics. It is valued for its binding properties. However, it is now clear that BPA has negative effects on the human endocrine system. It can mimic human hormones (it is known as an endrocrine disruptor), and since hormones control how our bodies function, that’s a big deal.
Research has shown that exposure to BPA can affect brain development, behavior, prostate glands, mammary glands, thyroid function, cancer risk, heart disease, diabetes, birth defects, and even obesity. The risks are greatest while in the womb and as infants and young children, but early exposure has long-term ramifications, and there is still a risk for older children and adults, as well.
It’s important to understand that this has become the consensus of mainstream scientists and even government organizations; it is not just a loony idea spouted by crazy people.
Where Do We Find BPA?
The list is long, and some of its contents may surprise you. BPA can potentially be found in the following places:
A few of these items aren’t designed to go into our mouths, or to contain foods that will go into our mouths, so perhaps the risk there is negligible. However, as any parent of a teething baby will tell you, you just never know what might get chewed on! So, with BPA’s overwhelming presence in our lives today, what can we do to avoid it?
How to Avoid BPA
First, the bad news: until BPA is banned, you probably can’t avoid it completely. It is simply too pervasive in our culture.
However, there are many steps we can take to reduce our exposure to BPA – and like I always say, every little bit helps.
Here are ten ideas.
The Future of BPA
Canada banned BPA in baby bottles in April 2008. Denmark enacted a similar ban in 2010, and many other European countries are in the process, as well.
In the United States, many retailers and brands in the States have voluntarily recalled their products that contain BPA. In addition, there has been some government action.
• March 2009: Suffolk County, NY, banned BPA in baby beverage containers.
• May 2009: Minnesota and the City of Chicago banned baby bottles and sippy cups containing BPA.
• June 2009: Connecticut banned BPA from any reusable food or drink container, as well as infant formula and baby food containers.
• January 2010: The FDA announced there was “some concern” about BPA and that “reasonable steps” should be taken to limit exposure, and the US Dept of Health published information for parents about how to reduce children’s exposure to BPA.
• Many other states have also taken action and/or have bills pending, including Washington, Vermont, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.
• Both the U.S. House and Senate have bills pending to limit BPA.