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September 9, 2010

Bisphenol A (BPA): Why is this so confusing?

The suspected endocrine disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is back in the news.  A New York Times article this week reminds us how confusing this topic is.

Environmentalists & a growing number of elected officials call for the precautionary principle – when in doubt, be cautious. Some industry and trade groups claim that the concern over the health risks of BPA is overblown. They argue that to phase out such a widely used chemical (it’s found in plastics, aluminum cans…almost all of us are exposed to it) is needlessly expensive considering the inconclusive findings on its health impacts.  Our chemical regulatory structure today is innocent until proven guilty and when problems crop up, they can be far reaching (think Erin Brokovich, Love Canal, GE’s dumping of PCB’s in the Hudson River).

My wife Mary & I stopped using BPA, wherever possible, long ago.  The calculation seems pretty simple…For us, if there is even a small possibility of BPA creating lasting problems, I want to keep it away from my kids.  It used to be very hard to do this. Today, you can find almost any baby item in a BPA-free form (e.g. plastic baby bottles, cups, toys, jewelry, etc).

What does all of this back-and-forth mean for you though?  We don’t know for certain the long term impacts of BPA. It could be years until we do and a lot of money is at stake. In the meantime, the best approach for a concerned parent seems to be to leave the politics to Washington and exercise caution – look for plastics that don’t have BPA.

HELPFUL LINKS:

Environmental Working Group’s overview of BPA:

http://www.ewg.org/featured/218

Canada bans BPA.  Why Haven’t We?  (Grist)

http://www.grist.org/article/food-canada-bans-BPA-why-havent-we/

May 24, 2010

BPA is yucky – steps to keep it out of your home

Chances are you’ve heard about the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) by now.  Baby bottles are going BPA-free, state governments are banning its use; the U.S. Government is considering legislation, etc.

A new report out last week points to the widespread use of BPA in metal cans.  Below are all of the links you could ever want to learn more about this including press articles, Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s blog, the original report “Contaminated Without Consent” and a 16 minute youtube video.

Quick points to remember:

  • When possible, avoid the use of foods stored in metal cans
  • Look for glass jars (tomato sauce, etc), paper boxes or less toxic plastics (1,2, 4 and 5; avoid 3, 6 and 7)
  • When possible, select fresh food (local and organic preferred), followed by dried or frozen products
  • A small number of companies are now providing BPA-free metal cans and no doubt many more will be arriving soon

Dig deeper:

Full report:  http://contaminatedwithoutconsent.org/nosilverlining.php

Articles:

YouTube video (embedded below):

March 29, 2010

CBS Early Show tips on creating a healthier, greener nursery

CBS Early Show, with guest host Danny Seo, did a segment on basic steps to creating a greener, healthier nursery.

We’ve talked about lots of these issues in past blogs, but here’s Danny’s list of things to pay attention to:

  • Crib mattresses: go organic, avoid certain plastics and flame retardants (more information here from our previous post on this topic).
  • Cribs: Danny chose Q Collection Junior’s Luna crib because of our use of PEOPLE SAFE. PLANET SAFE materials.  He also loved that the Luna grows with kids, converting from crib to toddler bed to daybed.  (Thanks for your support Danny!).
  • Cleaning products: always go with non-toxic options
  • Air purifiers: look for non-ozone creating machines
  • Toys: focus on toys made with natural and/or organic materials.  Danny likes giggle’s organic selection (found here).

The complete video can be viewed here:  http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6278563n