These days, finding something that is “BPA Free” is something like a buzzword or fad. It didn’t seem like it was this way a few years ago, did it? Now, everyone seems much more mindful of their plastic, and you can certainly find an abundant supply of internet articles showcasing BPA alternatives. On the one hand, it’s great that people are being more mindful about what they put into their bodies. The emergence of the internet has increased the public’s access to scientific knowledge and new discoveries. With that access has come more awareness about the dangers some chemicals pose to daily living if one isn’t cautious. However, the internet is also responsible for a lot of . . . shall we say, misinformation? It can be tough to know what’s legitimate and what’s just a hoax or “alarmist.”
We here at ToxPlanet don’t want to be alarmist. We want you to be up to date and well informed about the facts, whether it be about BPA or any other chemical. If you want to know more about ToxPlanet and assessing high-risk chemicals, download our whitepaper.
What is BPA and Why Do People Worry?
BPA stands for Bisphenol A. It is an industrial chemical that has been used since the 1960s to make certain kinds of plastic resin. The two most common places where one will find BPA today is in polycarbonate plastics like water bottles, as well as epoxy resins, which are used to coat the inside of metal containers. Mostly, you’ll find it in commercial plastic containers that we use everyday for things like food storage. Think, in short, of tupperware. Now, BPA has been in these plastics for around 50 odd years or so.
But recently, a trend has emerged. See, research uncovered that, over time, the BPA inside the plastic actually seeps out. And if you’re using a food container or drinking out of a water bottle, the fear is that the BPA gets into your body and negatively affects your health. Since then, BPA rumors have skyrocketed, and the chemical has been linked to every disease under the sun, from cancer to fertility and development problems. Thus, the switch to BPA Free products.
What’s the Truth?
The truth is, BPA is perfectly safe at low dosages. Many of the ill-effects that people bring up are either false or only apparent in highly concentrated doses and exposures, which you won’t have just using your regular tupperware. If you don’t believe me, you may believe the Food and Drug Administration. After many, many thorough tests, they concluded that the low dosage of BPA found in everyday products pose no risk to human health. The Environmental Protection Agency also agrees that BPA is not a health concern.
These reports haven’t stopped the outcry against BPA, and here’s the rub: the manufacturers are listening and responding. The consumers have spoken and demanded BPA Free products, so the manufacturers, wanting to protect their profits, now seek to accommodate and find alternatives. Again, we don’t want to be alarmist here — it is quite possible that the BPA alternative may end up being better than before. What’s more concerning, and a little sad, is that the rumors got in the way of the science.
ToxPlanet believes in putting the facts first. Sometimes it can be hard to find the right chemical information, and separate the facts from the fears and rumors. One of the ways we try and help is offering a comprehensive chemical database. Our database is up-to-date on all the chemical information you need, whether it be about BPA or any of the “BPA Free” alternatives to come. If you are interested in using ToxPlanet for yourself, you can request a free two week trial on our website.