I think itâ€™s understandable that one of my biggest fears is that Iâ€™ll get some type of cancer.
Itâ€™s actually my second biggest fear, right behind being buried alive.
Although there are no official conclusions, research has linked Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in plastic bottles and many other household products to the development of breast cancer.
So last year when Health Canada announced the ban on bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA) I patted myself on the back a little because I stopped drinking out of plastic bottles a long time ago and switched to metal water bottles as an eco-friendly alternative.
We even went from bottled-water delivery to a bottle-less water filtration system at the office.
Last week, water bottle manufacturer SIGG released a statement that their aluminum bottles made before August 2008 has a water-based epoxy liner which contains a trace amount of BPA. What????
I have a bunch of SIGG bottles from before August 2008. Iâ€™ve been using them for years now!
I even blogged about them two years ago!
Last year, when the whole â€˜BPA is evilâ€™ debate was ongoing I found this reassurance on the SIGG website: “We understand the controversy and concern surrounding BPA leaching from plastic water bottles and can assure you that SIGG bottles are leach-free and 100% safe.”
I really should have read through the lines, because it didnâ€™t really say their bottles were BPA free. SIGG does not disclose whatâ€™s in their liners for â€˜proprietaryâ€™Â reasons.
The website Treehugger did a post last year on whether the lining in SIGG bottles were safe, they had this quote from SIGG CEO
â€œVery thorough migration testing in laboratories around the world is conducted regularly and has consistently shown SIGG aluminum bottles to have no presence of lead, phthalates, Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), Bysphenol A (BPA), Bysphenol B (BPB) or any other chemicals which scientists have deemed as potentially harmfulâ€
All I wanted was to have safe, portable water and be environmentally responsible while Iâ€™m at it. Iâ€™d like to err on the side of caution and not drink water from a BPA lined bottle.
Now, I know itâ€™s a giant leap to think I could get cancer from drinking from a bottle coated with BPA, but I also donâ€™t know that I wonâ€™t, which is why I try to the best of my ability that I don’t.
I’ve been using these bottles heavily for over three years.
I feel betrayed by SIGG, if Iâ€™d known that SIGG bottles were lined with the hormone disrupting BPA, I wouldnâ€™t have bought or used them. Letâ€™s not forgot that SIGG bottles arenâ€™t exactly cheap.
Another thing that bothers is that the company claims itâ€™s been using a new BPA free liner since August 2008, so why did it take them a whole year to release this statement? I could have stopped drinking from their BPA lined bottles a year ago.
SIGG is offering to replace the old bottles for anyone who requests it, I think Iâ€™ll take my replacements and sell them on eBay or better yet donate them.
If you or someone you know owns a pre August 2008 SIGG metal water bottle and would like a replacement send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Some online retailers have replacement programs too.
Meanwhile, Iâ€™m switching to glass bottles!