BPA (bisphenol-A) is a chemical found in plastic #7 (polycarbonate only) used to make baby bottles, water bottles, food containers, and metal can linings. This chemical, a hormone disruptor, can leach from the plastic into the contents in very low concentrations. Well over a year ago, when I was researching reusable bottle options for a local anti-bottled water campaign, there were more than enough studies raising health concerns about BPA to warrant avoiding it. In fact, we chose to avoid plastic altogether and purchase stainless steel water bottles for our school’s Back2Tap campaign.
When Canada banned the use of BPA in bottles earlier this year, I felt vindicated; in August, when the US FDA stated that BPA posed no health concern, I felt disgusted. I was relieved to read in the December 24, 2008 New York Times article “F.D. A. to Reconsider Plastic Bottle Risk” that the FDA has agreed to reevaluate the safety of BPA after being accused by its advisory board of not considering all the available evidence.