So, what is BPA, you ask?
Well, my friends, BPA is short for Bisphenol A, a chemical that leaks out of plastic into food and drinks. BPA was given a once over by the FDA years ago and approved for safe use. Never mind the research and testing that showed BPA to be harmful. The FDA pushed that aside on account of inconclusive data? Hmmm. It now seems like the folks at the FDA offices are changing their minds a bit. They decided to invest more money into researching this chemical and the plastics containing it…just to be sure. Sounds like they found something they couldn’t ignore.
Today FDA announced that they now share the same concern as the National Toxicology Program for the impact of BPA on human development and will continue to work with that agency to better clarify these effects by conducting more research. They state this research will take place over the next 18-24 months. In the interim they support the removal of BPA from baby bottles and cups and support those companies that have already removed BPA from their formula packaging.
This may not be directly related to skincare, but it is definitely related to well-being and I thought it was important enough to post a little information about it.
While some of us have already switched from plastic water bottles and storage containers to the metal or glass varieties, we still may have some lingering items. Take, for example, peanut butter, ketchup, canned beans, deli meats and other food stuffs that are wrapped in, you guessed it, leaching plastic containers or wraps.
Now, before the panic sets in…keep in mind that you are still alive and well. Just let this be a reminder to be aware of what you buy and use on a daily basis. If you can switch out some of the plastics in your home, do it!
Here are some easy changes:
- Buy peanut butter, salad dressing and other condiments in glass containers – or make your own sauces!
- Choose to use a non BPA water bottle, like Klean Kanteen.
- If you have a wee baby, switch out traditional baby bottles, sippy cups and pacifiers with safer versions, like Born Free.
- Purchase glass or non-leaching food storage containers and throw out your old ones. never keep containers that are discolored or scratched. never microwave food or drinks in plastic. let food or drinks cool before placing them in storage.
- Drink your ‘cold ones’ from glass bottles instead of buying cans.