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BPA Hazards in Plastic Bottles

Toxic chemicals that leach from plastic baby bottles and sippy cups have been linked to cancer, impaired immune function and brain development, hyperactivity and other health problems, according to two different reports within the past year from panels sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Bisphenol-A (BPA) can leach from even hard bottles intended for reuse. The Environment California ‘s 2007 study on toxic baby bottles found that of the most popular brands leach BPA at levels founds to cause harm in numerous laboratory animal studies.

Try these safer options:

  • Pass up hard polycarbonate plastic in favor of softer, safer plastics like polyethylene, polypropylene and polyamide, available in some Gerber, Sassy and Medela bottles.
  • Glass bottles aren’t as fragile as you might imagine with colorful, non-toxic silicone protective sleeves. (www.gobabylife.com)
  • Stainless steel and aluminum bottles won’t leach. Look for kid-friendly thermos styles or design your own SIGG bottle (for grownups, too!) at www.mysigg.com.
  • Toss out old, scratched plastic bottles (plastic leaches more as it breaks down) and don’t put plastic bottles in the microwave or dishwasher, since heat causes further breakdown.