There has been a recent wave of media concerning the presence of harmful BPA (bisphenol A) in plastics and water bottles, and hopefully by now you’ve been smart and switched over to bpa-free stainless water bottles or glass drinking bottles. And now there is a new BPA source which is just being exposed…
If you save stacks of receipts from your purchases, you may be storing piles of BPA and not even know it. Now, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) says some tested receipts from stores such as Safeway, Walmart, McDonalds, Whole Foods, US Postal Service and KFC also contained high BPA levels which could be harmful to your health with excessive handling (receipts from Target and Starbucks tested clear of BPA).
According to the EWG, BPA reacts with dye on receipts and thermal paper to form what appears to be ink, even though it’s actually a dye reaction. Experts say that what is worrisome is that receipts are handled all the time by most of the public. Although slight contact may not be a major issue, those who handle receipts as part of their job should be conscious of washing their hands more frequently.
You can check to see if your receipts could contain BPA by rubbing it with a coin. Thermally treated BPA receipts will discolor when friction is applied, whereas regular paper will not. Experts say awareness is the biggest factor; if you are aware the receipts contain BPA, then avoid excessive handling and if you need to save the receipts, file them away and do not keep them in your purse or areas where you will continually be handling them when it isn’t necessary.
BPA has been proven to contribute to heart disease, diabetes and other developmental issues in children.
We have many customers ask the question “What is the BEST way to clean my stainless reusable bottle I just bought?”
Here is our recommendation for cleaning reusable water bottles, whether stainless or coated aluminum:
1. DO NOT use a dishwasher. The temperature is too hot & the water pressure is too high. The combination will weaken seams (causing small leaks down the road) & wear away at the nontoxic outer color and/or bottle design. Also, DO NOT use dishsoap as many brands will leave a soapy tasty residue in your bottle which is difficult to remove.
2. DO hand wash the reusable bottle to maximize life. Simply fill the bottle with clean lukewarm water and either a teaspoon of baking soda OR a few drops of vinegar. Put your thumb over the mouth of the bottle and shake for 10 seconds. Rinse the bottle out with clear water several times. Let the bottle air dry.
3. If you drink sticky liquids from your bottle (i.e. soda, juice or sugared drinks) and need to clean the crevices and seams well, buy a bottle cleaning brush (be sure to purchase a set with large & small brushes so you can reach into both the bottle as well as clean the crevices of the sport cap with the small brush). It’s best to fill the bottle 1/3 way with water and use the brush, then do step #2 above and rinse. This will assure all gook you remove with the brush is sanitized and washed away.
Although it seems time consuming, once you get the hang of it, cleaning your reusable bottle will only take seconds each day, and it will ensure a sanitized, healthy vessel to carry your liquids in. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to help you.
We now offer over 80 different styles of stainless & aluminum reusable bottles with various sizes & designs to fit every need. We carry reusable bottle brands including SIGG, EarthLust, Klean Kanteen, Green Bottle, EcoUsable, EcoFusion, Safe Sippy and Wild & Wolf.
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Over the past year, the topic of Bisphenol-A (BPA) used in plastics, bottles and food containers has confused many. What is safe? What isn’t safe? What happens if I’ve been drinking from these containers for years? Although many tests have been conducted, the results have been questioned, and research continues. In the meantime, several countries have now banned the use of BPAs and millions of consumers are searching for alternatives.
Introducing The Safe Sippy, a BPA-free Stainless Steel Sippy Cup for toddlers and children that is a great alternative to plastic. Durable in construction, stylish in design, it comes in your choice of 3 colors: pink, green, or blue. Made of stainless steel and #5 safe polypropylene (for the handle and sippy), the handle is removable as the child gets older so the bottle can still be used and not look quite as toddler-ish.
The Safe Sippy Cup
Although there are many BPA-free Bottles on the market for adults, there are few designed for the age between baby bottle and adult version, so keep in mind The Safe Sippy, which passes all federal regulations for safety, and wins a design award in our book!