Canada first to label bisphenol A as officially dangerous

Tuesday, 15 April 2008
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Nalgene Waterbottle Well it's official, Canada has become the first regulatory body in the world to call bisphenol A a dangerous substance. The government hasn't announced specific bans or restrictions yet but the new designation could pave the way for changes in the future.

For those not up to speed, Bisphenol A is a major chemical in the manufacturing of the polycarbonate plastic in your Nalgene bottle. It's used in many other products including linings of most tin cans, CD, sports helmets, and safety glasses. Critics don't like it because they say small amounts of BPA can leach from food and beverage containers and can mimic the female hormone estrogen.

"Bisphenol A is in every Canadian home. It threatens the health of every Canadian. Moving against it would be a hugely significant victory for public health and the environment," said Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence, a group that has been campaigning for a ban on the chemical from food containers.

In related news, Nalgene recently unveiled a new marketing tool information source so customers could, "easily determine the bottle and material that is right for them".

Clearly highlighting the new BPA free bottles, nalgenechoice.com breaks down the entire Nalgene line-up and clearly explains each bottle type and material.

While you are there, look for their new line called, "everyday Titan". It is made from Eastman TritanTM copolyester so it has very similar properties as regular polypropylene but without BPA or phthalates. Pick it up at your local camping store shelves towards the end of this month.

Polycarbonate Recycling Symbol Finally, if you are you unsure if your current drinking bottle is made from polycarbonate, you can easily tell by looking at the plastic symbol at the bottom. It will have the number seven inside the triangle with the letters PC nearby.

More info: theglobeandmail.com
Nalgene Waterbottle Well it's official, Canada has become the first regulatory body in the world to call bisphenol A a dangerous substance. The government hasn't announced specific bans or restrictions yet but the new designation could pave the way for changes in the future.

For those not up to speed, Bisphenol A is a major chemical in the manufacturing of the polycarbonate plastic in your Nalgene bottle. It's used in many other products including linings of most tin cans, CD, sports helmets, and safety glasses. Critics don't like it because they say small amounts of BPA can leach from food and beverage containers and can mimic the female hormone estrogen.

"Bisphenol A is in every Canadian home. It threatens the health of every Canadian. Moving against it would be a hugely significant victory for public health and the environment," said Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence, a group that has been campaigning for a ban on the chemical from food containers.

In related news, Nalgene recently unveiled a new marketing tool information source so customers could, "easily determine the bottle and material that is right for them".

Clearly highlighting the new BPA free bottles, nalgenechoice.com breaks down the entire Nalgene line-up and clearly explains each bottle type and material.

While you are there, look for their new line called, "everyday Titan". It is made from Eastman TritanTM copolyester so it has very similar properties as regular polypropylene but without BPA or phthalates. Pick it up at your local camping store shelves towards the end of this month.

Polycarbonate Recycling Symbol Finally, if you are you unsure if your current drinking bottle is made from polycarbonate, you can easily tell by looking at the plastic symbol at the bottom. It will have the number seven inside the triangle with the letters PC nearby.

More info: theglobeandmail.com


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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