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Safe Water Bottles - What is BPA and How to Avoid It

So what's all this talk about unsafe water bottles? You may have caught wind of some of the controversy surrounding polycarbonate plastic water bottles and the chemicals used in their manufacture. You may have heard the term "BPA" or "Bisphenol-A," but educating yourself about this harmful chemical and choosing safe water bottles probably seemed like a chore, not the way you want to spend a Monday night or Saturday afternoon. This article contains all the information you need to know to make informed decisions about safe water bottles that are both recyclable and suitable for multiple uses.  What is BPA anyway?

BPA was first discovered in 1891, and manufacturers have used this monomer for at least fifty years. It is a key ingredient used in the epoxy resins that go into making the nearly shatter-proof polycarbonate plastic water bottles, which have become so popular with fitness and outdoors enthusiasts. Even though BPA has long been suspected of having adverse effects on the human body-since the 1930s!-concerns over its use in many common household products didn't make a splash in mainstream media until 2008.

If you've had that Nalgene bottle for more than a couple of years, it probably contains BPA, and more disturbing is the thought that most baby bottles more than a couple years old do too. Factors like regular exposure to heat can cause the plastic to degrade at a faster rate and speed up the release of BPA into water and other stored liquids.

Simply put, feeding infants with plastic formula bottles exposes them to BPA's harmful effects. But, before you panic, keep in mind that the six top manufacturers of baby bottles in the U.S. have all pledged to stop using BPA. Safe water bottles and safe formula bottles are now widely available.

The chemical has low toxicity, meaning that it's not going to hurt you overnight, yet keep in mind that repeated ingestion of Bisphenol-A can develop into chronic toxicity over the long-term, mimicking human hormones like estrogen and potentially causing prostate, testicular, and breast cancer.

As you can imagine, the companies that manufacture BPA downplay its side effects, and unfortunately, the reports used to guide FDA discussions about the chemical were funded by the industry. Regardless of what official stance the FDA chooses, following the simple practices listed below will help ensure that you and your family drink from safe water bottles and avoid absorbing BPA at toxic levels.

Here's what you should do:

· Purchase safe water bottles made from BPA-free polycarbonate, stainless steel, aluminum, or glass water bottles.

· Never clean your polycarbonate bottles with harsh detergents.

· Avoid washing all plastic containers in the dishwasher.

· Avoid microwaving foods in plastic containers.

· Avoid using plastic products which have a 3 or 7 inside the recycling triangle. These may contain BPA.

* For an overview of past and current legislation concerning BPA, follow the link to the Wikipedia article about BPA.

Bisphenol A (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A

An avid flyfisherman, outdoorsman, and traveler, Austin Church divides his time between helping his marketing and advertising clients sell stuff with marketing strategy and SEO copywriting and his own creative projects. His humor writing can be found at http://whatsleftout.wordpress.com

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