We can often meet the expression “BPA-free” on several products, especially on plastic-free items, but what does this actually mean? Why being BPA-free is a good point for a product? Read further, and be aware of the reason why to avoid it.
What is BPA?
BPA stands for bisphenol A which is an industrial chemical discovered in the 1890s but only used from the 1950s when chemists realized that it is able to make plastics strong and resilient after getting mixed with other components. BPA is used in containers produced for food and beverages, like water bottles, and can be found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. The latter is often used as the inner lining of canned food containers to prevent metal from corroding.
What effects does it have on the human body?
Researches has shown that BPA is present in human bodies in a remarkable level. The reason being is that during the production of BPA containers, some BPA molecules does not get unsealed into the product, hence are able to break free and seep into any food or beverages. A recent study confirmed 66% decrease of BPA level in urine of those participants who avoided packed foods for three days.
BPA is considered to be able to mimic both the function and structure of estrogen hormone and in this way have influence on body processes, such as cell repair, foetal development, energy level and growth. The hormone system is an extremely sensitive part of the body and can be easily moved out of its balance. Studies proved that women with frequent miscarriages had three times as much BPA in their blood as women with successful pregnancies. Besides, another study found that those men who had higher BPA levels also had 3-4 times lower sperm concentration and sperm count.
These statistics are only a few from those that linked BPA with other diseases and damaging effects like type 2 diabetes, obesity, asthma, liver functions, polycystic oval syndrome (PCOS), brain function, heart disease and negative impact on babies along with premature delivery.
How to reduce your BPA exposure?
Though it is really hard to completely avoid BPA plastics these days, we give you some tips that help you break up with this harmful chemical.
- Choose silicone
Unlike BPA plastics, silicone containers are much better for both human health and the environment, and are highly durable which allow you to use them for a long time. The Bübi Water Bottles are a great choice to get rid of BPA bottles.
- Avoid packaging
Discover the local markets and craft food around your home and choose whole, fresh unpacked foods. Stay away from cans and plastic containers labelled with the recycling numbers 3 (PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride) or 7 (BPA, Polycarbonate and LEXAN) and the letters “PC” (Polycarbonate).
- Avoid heat
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences advises not to put polycarbonate plastics into microwave oven or dishwasher, since plastic molecules can break down over time thus letting BPA get into food.
- Use alternatives
In fact, quality of plastics is gradually decrease during recycling which means that they end up at the communal waste facilities. However, stainless steel, glass or porcelain can be recycled for infinite times, and they do not have toxic impact nor on your health, neither the environment.
Reducing BPA in your household does not mean you have to give up on essential items you use on a daily basis. It is about the replacement of materials that last longer, better quality and have no unhealthy effects. Look around in our webshop and switch to sustainable options!