Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Drinking From Plastic Water Bottles Raises BPA Levels by 70%

Another reminder to look for that "BPA Free" label when buying plastic products, and to worry about products like canned foods, which use BPA in their liners...

Drinking water from plastic bottles made with the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) increases urinary levels of the chemical by nearly 70 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BPA, an industrial chemical that makes plastics hard and transparent, is widely used in plastic drinking bottles, infant bottles and other consumer products, and also in resins that line cans of food and infant formula. The chemical has been shown to disrupt the hormonal system, potentially leading to reproductive defects as well as brain damage, cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.

Lovely...  Another example of how reducing toxic pollution is not only better for the environment, but it's better for us.

On that note, I'd be curious to learn more about the effects BPA is having on the health of ecosystems...  Anyone got any info?

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Here are some tips on how to avoid ingesting BPA...

1 comment:

  1. We all know water bottles are wasteful and bad for the environment, yet their production is growing rapidly everywhere. Just 20 years ago the market for plastic water bottles was practically nonexistent, but today we produce billions of these completely unnecessary products. There can be only one sane response, plastic water bottles must be banned!