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BPA Free is not Equivalent to Safe Plastic!

I recently had a friend tell me that she doesn’t heat up her food in plastic, its just for storage…. I think that the BPA publicity has put a bit of a blinder on consumers about the rest of the chemicals that are leached from plastics. I recently read a great article on Discovery News that unveils some more research about the effects of some other chemicals that leach into our food from plastics. I think one of the most important things in the article is that they tested the plastic BEFORE it went through the elements! Although the advice still stays the same for those who will continue to use plastic to hold food and drinks- “Avoid heating plastics, leaving them in the sun, putting hot materials in them or putting them through other stresses if you’re planning to eat or drink their contents.” Check out the full article: Even BPA-Free Plastics Not Always Safe written by Emily Stohn Read a previous post about SEM-the Next BPA

Global TV Examines the Newest BPA Report

Riva’s The Eco Store hosts Global TV as they examine the newest report stating that over 90% of Canadians have detectable levels of BPA in their urine. What better place to find BPA free products!! Global also focuses on other chemicals found in our products, stating that they are examining over 80 other chemicals. Wean Green was thrilled to see that Wean Cubes made the cut into this interview as we are company that’s number one goal is to educate parents about keeping baby chemical free! Check the video out here: http://www.globaltvcalgary.com/video/index.html?releasePID=dRn6oopC_1CfYPp2hAa5Gc1mueGv9ZIP And don’t forget, Wean Cubes are Phthalates, PVC, BPA and plasticizer free! Glass is the safest storage for food!!

Dangers of BPA and Other Chemicals

pToday was a huge day for BPA awareness! Articles flooded the media about the 91% of Canadians that have BPA in their systems.  The scariest part was that children and teens had higher levels than adults.  CTV has posted a good article about the findings http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20100816/blood-concentration-study-100816/. I am hoping to help you understand the harmful effects of BPA as well as other chemicals commonly found in plastics and other eating materials. Bisphenol A aka BPA is a harmful additive that has been used to manufacture polycarbonate plastic.  Polycarbonate plastic is used to make everything from baby bottles to medical devices.  Polycarbonate plastic was known for its durability as well as transparency until recently, now it is known for its BPA. Within the past years the results of many research studies have been hitting the public at an alarming rate. These studies are indicating that BPA has harmful effects on humans.  They are reporting that BPA exposure is linked to a large array of diseases including heart disease, diabetes, liver problems and several cancers.  BPA is an endocrine disruptor that can mimic our bodies’ hormones and create several health problems including obesity, thyroid problems, reproductive problems and neurological issues. A Harvard study shows that after drinking from polycarbonate plastic water and baby bottles for one week can increase the levels of BPA in the urine up to three times! After reading over 150 reports about the risk of exposing humans to BPA Canada’s Health Minister, Tony Clement, stated that “It’s pretty clear that the highest risk is for newborns and young infants.” Unfortunately with all we know about BPA, we are learning just as much about other chemicals added into plastics. Polyvinyl chloride, aka PVC or the poison plastic, often adds Phthalates to make it softer, transparent, durable and flexible.  Phthalates, like BPA, are endocrine disruptors.  They are easily released into the environment and are the highest threat to fetal and child development.  With Phthalates come many of the same health risks of BPA including certain cancers, obesity and diabetes.  The Journal of Pediatrics has also published a study indicating low birth weight of infants who were exposed to Phthalates prenatal.  Science Daily reports that low birth weight is the leading cause of death of infants in the US. The poison plastic (PVC) is also known to emit Vinyl Chloride into the environment.  Vinyl Chloride is a colorless gas with a mild, sweet odour. Vinyl Chloride is used to create PVC. There are reports dating back to the 1930s about the harmful effects of Vinyl Chloride.  It has been known to cause cancer and liver damage.  Although Vinyl Chloride is a known carcinogen the harmful risks of exposure are still be studied.  The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry states, “it has not been proven that vinyl chloride causes birth defects in humans, but studies in animals suggest that vinyl chloride might affect growth and development. Animal studies also suggest that infants and young children might be more susceptible than […]

Helpful List of Commercial Baby Food Jars that Do & Do Not Contain BPA in the Lid

We all know that making our own baby food is the healthiest option there is.  That doesn’t mean that if you are in a bind you can not substitute with a commercial baby food.  Before you do this, check out this survey that was done by Health Canada to determine BPA amounts in the lids of commercially packaged baby food.  They have a table that outlines some popular choices and indicates the BPA levels in them.  Super fantastic! Survey of Bisphenol A in Baby Food Products Prepackaged in Glass Jars with Metal Lids

Canada Bans BPA from Baby Bottles

Banning BPA from baby bottles is a large step in the right direction!  What is the right direction? To get rid of BPA from all baby products. For those of you who have ignored the countless BPA messages lately, BPA is a chemical that messes with the estrogen levels in our bodies.  While anything that is going to alter our hormones is probably not such a good thing, they have proven that babies are the most affected by this chemical.  The hormone altering chemical has been associated with various cancers and health problems. Baby’s main sensory stimulation seems to come from their mouths, so when they pop that plastic toy in their mouth for hours of entertainment how sure are we that BPA is not still leaching into their tiny little systems.  Unfortunately, the test results are still not clear and without good solid proof we are not going to see another ban.  The good news is that the Canadian government has allocated an additional $1.7 million to research these effects over the next three years. Wouldn’t it be great to have regulation to ban hormone altering chemicals from not only the baby products but from all products that have the potential to enter our systems? Read more about Canada’s BPA ban on Health Canada’s web site.