Should you avoid BPA?


So you know that a lot of plastic drinkware nowadays, like our Full-Image® Tumblers, are BPA-free, but what exactly is BPA, or Bisphenol A, and should you avoid it?

  1. BPA is a chemical that has been used to harden plastics for more than 40 years.
  2. BPA in plastic can leach out when heated, so it's best to avoid microwaving or pouring boiling water into plastic that contains BPA. 
  3. Plastics with recycle codes 3 and 7 on the bottom may contain BPA, but other types of numbered plastics are much less likely to have BPA in them.  
  4. The main concern with BPA is that it is an endocrine disrupter, which means it can mimic or interfere with your body's hormones and "disrupts" your endocrine system.
  5. Other potential concerns include infertility, brain and behavior, cancer and heart problems.
  6. Some studies suggest that the possible effects of BPA are more pronounced in infants and young children.
  7. BPA is found in lots of every day products like water bottles, baby bottles, dental and medical products, eyeglass lenses, CDs and the lining of canned foods and drinks.
  8. The latest from the FDA is that "currently authorized uses of BPA" are actually safe for consumers.

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Kaylie O'Connor