Going BPA-free. How About You?

by heatheracton on May 12, 2009

*This post is a work in progress…doing research and making notes here.*

What are other families choosing to do given this BPA scare?

As a mom of a 2 year old and a 5 month old, I’ve been doing a fair amount of research on BPA, its effects, and products containing it. I’m not gonna lie…I’m a little freaked out. It’s in their bottles, cups, bowls, and pacifiers. And, it’s in the water bottles (Nalgene) that Mike and I drink from daily.

No, the evidence is not 100% conclusive that our kids (or we) will have health issues in life due to exposure to this chemical, but who wants to expose our kids to any more risk than they’ll already be exposed to? BPA has shown negative effects to animals exposed to the chemical. That’s all that I need to read to know that I don’t want it in my kids or in my family.

So, tomorrow I’m going to purge our house of all plastics that I am not sure are clear of BPA. This will include all of our current baby bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups, water bottles, bowls, Gladware, plates, etc. We’ll stick to glass where we can right now, and will purchase BPA-free to replace what needs to be replaced.

I’d like to know what you are doing in response to these reports. Are you purging? Or are you riding out the debate? Leave a comment and let’s discuss.

Notes to myself:

- from zrecs.blogspot.com: “plastics numbered 3 (PVC), 6 (polystyrene) and 7 (often polycarbonate) should usually be avoided, others, like polypropylene and polyethylene (numbered 1, 2, 4 and 5 based on type and density) contain no known harmful chemicals in them”

- Josh’s pacifiers are silicon nipples, but shields likely contain BPA

- Avent Magic sippy cups are BPA-free (though year of production not specified)

- Gerber Fun Grips cups are BPA-free (though year of production not specified)

- Munchkin Spongebob sippy cups are BPA-free

- Gerber Sip & Smile cups (with trucks & frogs) are BPA-free

- Avent bottles DO CONTAIN BPA

- Dr. Brown bottle DO CONTAIN BPA, but vent pieces are BPA free

- Nalgene bottles DO CONTAIN BPA

- Medela breast pump is BPA-free

- Lansinoh breast milk storage bags are BPA-free

- Medela breast milk storage bottles are BPA-free

- Gladware appears to be BPA-free, but is old so probably still should be tossed

- Here’s what Pampered Chef says:

Polycarbonate Plastic Product Inquiries

Recent media reports question the safety of products made with polycarbonate plastic and specifically, Bisphenol A (BPA), which is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate products. Rest assured, all Pampered Chef products designed to come into contact with food meet or exceed all current and applicable regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are food-contact safe. The FDA has studied and approved the use of polycarbonate plastic and BPA for many years. We will continue to monitor any and all FDA developments with respect to BPA to ensure the continued safety of our products.

Some of our products are made from polycarbonate and contain BPA. These products are listed below. No other Pampered Chef products contain BPA.

* 1105 Microplane Adjustable Grater (cover and food holder plunger)
* 1188 Gravy Separator (main bowl)
* 1665 Baster and Cleaning Brush (basting tube)
* 1684 Pastry Cutter
* 1785 Salad/Berry Spinner (lid only)
* 2157 Wine Bottle Opener
* 2158 Dripless Pourer/Stopper
* 2175 Easy Read Measuring Cups
* 2177 Easy Read Mini Measuring Cup
* 2190 Salt and Pepper Mill
* 2225 Measure-All Cup (outer sleeve)
* 2228 Easy Adjustable Measuring Cup
* 2229 Easy Adjustable Measuring Spoon
* 2236 Mini Measure-All Cup
* 2241 Pocket Thermometer
* 2305 Juicer (bowl)
* 2590 Easy Opener
* 2779 Rice Cooker Plus (outer locks)
* 2781 Chillzanne Rectangle Server (lid only)
* 2826 Outdoor Tumblers
* 2827 Outdoor Utensil Set
* 2829 Outdoor Serving Set

Helpful links:

http://safemama.com/2007/11/22/bpa-free-bottle-and-sippy-cup-cheat-sheet/

http://www.zrecsguide.com

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  • Annishky

    plastics aren’t the only products to which BPA is added. The epoxy used to line can food also contains BPAs. Who knows what else they add it to. So, if you are bottle feeding your baby with glass bottles you are still injecting the harmful chemical into your baby as the can from which the formula came from was most likely lined with the stuff.

  • Annishky

    plastics aren’t the only products to which BPA is added. The epoxy used to line can food also contains BPAs. Who knows what else they add it to. So, if you are bottle feeding your baby with glass bottles you are still injecting the harmful chemical into your baby as the can from which the formula came from was most likely lined with the stuff.

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