Polycarbonate bottles pulled from Mountain Equipment Co-op's shelves

Friday, 07 December 2007
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MEC Logo Canada's largest outdoor gear retailer announced yesterday that effective immediately, it will stop selling bottles and bowls made from polycarbonate plastic.

All polycarbonate plastic has a chemical in it called Bisphenol A or BPA. Bisphenol A, which can also be found in baby bottles, sippy cups and the lining of food cans, has been shown to mimic the female hormone estrogen and could lead to hormonal disruptions such as early puberty.

Nalgene BottlesAccording to the press release, the reason behind the decision to voluntarily pull them now is the, "Inconclusive science and regulatory uncertainty presently surrounds bisphenol-A."

With the decision to pull the bottles, several environmental groups have praised MEC yet plastic companies are calling the move unnecessary. Officials with the company that make the bottles, Nalge Nunc International Corp., of Rochester, N.Y. issued a statement this morning.

"Rarely has a chemical been the subject of such intense scientific testing and scrutiny and still important agencies across the globe agree that there is no danger posed to humans from polycarbonate bottles," said Tom Cummins, director of new product research and development at Nalgene.

I personally don't know what to think about the issue. I applaud for making the bold step to remove a potentially dangerous product. It is a very risky move for them. Nalgene bottles are a huge money maker and often the thing that draws people in the door. Also, right now there are only a few comparable alternatives out there on the market though I recently posted a press release about Camelbak developing products using a BPA free plastic resin.

A while ago, I posted an article about the complex issue around and the uncertainties around the safety of the plastic.


More info: nationalpost.com
calsun.canoe.ca

MEC Logo Canada's largest outdoor gear retailer announced yesterday that effective immediately, it will stop selling bottles and bowls made from polycarbonate plastic.

All polycarbonate plastic has a chemical in it called Bisphenol A or BPA. Bisphenol A, which can also be found in baby bottles, sippy cups and the lining of food cans, has been shown to mimic the female hormone estrogen and could lead to hormonal disruptions such as early puberty.

Nalgene BottlesAccording to the press release, the reason behind the decision to voluntarily pull them now is the, "Inconclusive science and regulatory uncertainty presently surrounds bisphenol-A."

With the decision to pull the bottles, several environmental groups have praised MEC yet plastic companies are calling the move unnecessary. Officials with the company that make the bottles, Nalge Nunc International Corp., of Rochester, N.Y. issued a statement this morning.

"Rarely has a chemical been the subject of such intense scientific testing and scrutiny and still important agencies across the globe agree that there is no danger posed to humans from polycarbonate bottles," said Tom Cummins, director of new product research and development at Nalgene.

I personally don't know what to think about the issue. I applaud for making the bold step to remove a potentially dangerous product. It is a very risky move for them. Nalgene bottles are a huge money maker and often the thing that draws people in the door. Also, right now there are only a few comparable alternatives out there on the market though I recently posted a press release about Camelbak developing products using a BPA free plastic resin.

A while ago, I posted an article about the complex issue around and the uncertainties around the safety of the plastic.


More info: nationalpost.com
calsun.canoe.ca

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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