Firstly though, here’s a few things about BPA that you might like to know before you ever give your kids anything that has been tainted with BPA again.
1. Tests done & touted by the industry & health bodies the world over have been conducted using very large amounts of BPA by giving large doses to test subjects & monitoring results. Based on this type of testing, it was then assumed that BPA is safe in SMALL doses.
2. Tests since conducted by Ana Soto in 2005 using infinitesimally small doses of BPA (i.e. parts per quadrillion or trillion) showed significant growth in breast milk ducts in mice & decreased sperm count & gonad size in mice. In parts per TRILLION which is tiny, tiny, tiny amounts.
3. BPA plastics, commonly identified as #7 recycling symbol has been used to line tins, aluminium cans, some glass products (around the rim or lids) plastic water bottles, water cooler tanks & in a myriad of other ways. It is, quite literally, all around us.
4. Because of where BPA has been used & in how many different ways, it is not a chemical where exposure can be limited & therefore you’re protected from its ill effects. BPA causes serious adverse health affects at VERY low doses (the lowest ever recorded in scientific testing).
For further information on this or confirmation of this information on BPA, please refer to the studies conducted by Ana Soto in 2005 and the work of Martin Mittelstaedt.
During the 1990’s and since, there has been an ongoing war against the use of BPA in commerce, particularly baby products. The war waged on BPA has been long, bloody (in terms of some reputations of reputable scientists since crucified by industry because of their findings) and shrouded in many a cover up.
1. Switch to glass or stainless steel bottles for water / juices / milk
2. Check that your glass bottles are NOT BPA lined & if so, remove the lining before reuse.
3. Buy nothing contained in hard clear plastic. Period.
Upon researching the supposedly safe baby bottles that are “BPA free” everywhere on the market here in Australia & overseas, some of them have been found to contain not only BPA but also phthlates (another dangerous chemical for babies).
The brand of bottles we used to use (two words starting with the letter “T”) have taken the initiative and switched entirely from #7 plastic (the BPA one) to #5 plastic... supposedly safer.
Well... no, not quite safer, unfortunately.
During laboratory experiments at the University of Alberta in America, it was found the results were being thrown out by a foreign substance. It took them a while to figure out what could be causing this.
It turns out that the liquids they were using during their experiments to isolate an enzyme to better treat Parkinson's Disease were being tainted by chemicals leaching from the plastic tubing & containers.
The chemicals leached were biocides (specifically quaternary ammonium biocides, a classified pesticide by the EPA) and oleamide (a cannabinoid or cannabis like substance that occurs naturally in the human brain & blood but which has a cannabis like withdrawal response in test subjects - see more here ).
So, in short, that all translates to this:
Our supposedly safe BPA free baby bottles may be either not totally BPA free OR may be made of #5 plastic (polypropelene) which leaches chemicals akin to pesticides & cannabis... which our babies ingest.
We are, sadly, living in a world surrounded by toxic plastics.
Plastics used in our foods & clothes & seating & living rooms - everywhere.
Plastic proven again and again and again by SCIENCE to be deadly toxic.
Plastics which are toxic & dangerous in the tiniest amounts, amounts smaller than any previous scientific experiment has ever seen.
What makes me frustrated is that we are told over and over that these are safe - yet I didn't have to dig that much at all to learn, from un-tainted science that its not the truth.
Oh, by the way, ClingWrap (ClingFilm - whatever you want to call it ) is a #5 plastic as well. True, it doesn’t leach BPA coz it doesn’t have any in it... but it probably leaches other things - right into your food.
Think about it before you buy your next roll. You don’t need it - we use silicone squishy lids on our glass bowls for storing food now in glass containers. Silicone is a more inert substance than plastic however it is also not entirely safe. I’ve checked & yet to find anything saying otherwise but will keep checking.
Polypropylene isn’t as fabulous as its been made out to be - but it is everywhere. Clear plastic bags are more often than not made of this stuff. Its even used in Rubiks Cube stickers because it survives scratching & marking - its the sheet of clear plastic you can tear off labels & stickers on toys.
So, in short, let me sum up this eco myth:
1. BPA is in #7 plastics & leaches KNOWN endocrine disrupting substances that mimic female hormones. This is very dangerous for babies both male & female as shown by the work of Ana Soto.
2. BPA free products are not ALWAYS totally BPA free. It pays to double triple check before you buy anything for your kids.
3. BPA is highly dangerous in even the tiniest amounts (of parts per trillion which is smaller than microscopic) so it should be avoided at ALL costs.
4. A lot of BPA free products simply switched to polypropylene which is #5 plastic.
5. This too leaches deadly toxic substances including biocides which are classified as a pesticide by the EPA & a cannabis like substance not confirmed to be at all safe for human ingestion.
Switch over to glass.
Start cutting back or avoiding altogether anything wrapped in clear plastics of any kind - rigid (BPA) or soft (#5)
Check labels. Always check labels & then check for studies confirming the labels.
The more we are empowered with knowledge, the better we can protect our families. Also, it wouldn't hurt to write a letter or 5 to the government about your concerns and rallying to ban BPA and BPS entirely in Australia.
The Eco Mum xo