Friday, January 18, 2013

BPA Not Just in Plastics

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Many people associate BPAs  (Bisphenol A) with just items made of  plastic, this is not the case. BPA is contained in plastics labeled PC ( polycarbonate) which is the #7 plastics. Not all #7 plastics contain BPA, but it is better to be safe then sorry. So, now on to the long list of products you should avoid.

  • Canned foods, the lining inside contains BPA which leach into the foods contained in them.
  • Beverage cans
  • Some metal water bottles are lined with plastics that contain BPA, choose stainless steel.
  • PVC water pipes
  • Dental sealants and white fillings
  • Water coolers
  • Plastic tableware
  • Food storage containers 
  • The lids of baby food jars
  • Containers of baby formula
  • Baby bottles and sippy cups
The list go on from sunglasses to CDs, and DVDs, while it is said that BPA is released under heat, studies have found food being contained in products including BPA do become contaminated.  Also while doing research it turns out that some products claiming to be BPA free actually tested positive for BPA.

And now for the real kicker BPA is also being found in paper! Yes, that is right paper such as receipts, tickets, newspapers, toilet paper, paper towels, and business cards. The BPA contamination is suspected to come from the fact that BPA is used during the recycling process on some heat sensitive papers.

Some effects stemming from BPA include cancer, obesity, diabetes, low immune system, miscarriages, low sperm count, behavior issues, female reproductive system, sperm defects, chromosome issues, Downs, Turner, and Klinefelter Syndrome, early puberty, deforming of genitals, learning, memory, aggression, and more.

Some things you can do to avoid exposure to BPA include avoiding #7 plastics, never heat any food in plastic, do not put plastic tableware in the dishwasher, also watch for break down, and scratches in plastic tableware, and replace asap.

More bad plastics include #3, and #6, but not due to BPA, but other toxic chemicals. As I researched the topic of BPA I almost did not write this blog, but I feel everyone has the right to know what is in the products they use on a daily basis.

While I have been behind on blogging, I have other blogs in the works, and want to do a follow up on this blog. Research takes time, and I like to use various sources looking for similarities and constancy, this allows for more valuable, accurate information. I will be researching BPA products which actually are BPA free, but feel free to do the work your self.

Do you know of any products that are indeed BPA free?

Shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday

Update: I saw this article regarding BPA and have to share it please read important.


  1. Oh dear, thanks for posting! Sometimes it's scary, what we don't know! patsy

  2. I'm glad that you are sharing this important information. I know about the dangers of BPA, but I didn't know it was in dental sealants! I would love if you would share with us on Eco Kids:

    1. Thanks for sharing on Eco Kids! Please join us every week. The link up goes up every Tuesday.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this very important info with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday. Please join us again this week!

    1. oh goodness! wrong link (ahem.. one should not blog with several little ones playing at one's feet lol)

  4. Great info to know! Would love to have you share this on Wildcrafting Wednesday at:

    and The HomeAcre Hop tonight at:

    Hope to see you there!

  5. Wow, this is scary!


  6. Yes, it is scary almost so scary I didn't post, but I feel we all have the right to know.

  7. Very scary. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick