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Most major U.S. baby bottle manufacturers use the hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol-A.

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October 16, 2008

Plastics… The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

In case there’s any confusion
Most good plastics are an illusion.
BPA-free is the plastic that’s green
Using it can help keep the earth clean.

Getting to Know Plastics

  • Understanding plastics and which ones are good to use can be more than a little tricky. In addition to knowing which plastics to recycle (and where) it’s also important to know what plastics are safe to use.
  • Many recyclable and reusable water bottles have been found to contain the harmful chemical BPA in their polycarbonates (plastics). BPA, or Bisphenol-A, is a hormone-disrupting chemical that can leach into liquids from worn plastic bottles and be potentially damaging to your health.
  • Because most major manufacturers' bottles contain BPA it's important to read the labels and find a bottle that clearly states that it is BPA-free. Check out your local sporting goods store or head online to find the one that’s right for you.

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