Bisphenol-A (BPA) was first created by a Russian chemist in 1891, but wasn’t used in the manufacturing of products until the 1950s when it was used to produce resilient and often transparent plastics, such as the infamous plastic water bottle. Last year, Forbes published that worldwide, we are producing a million water bottles a minute and only 9% of those bottles are being recycled.
Today, BPA is also found in countless personal care products, cashier receipts and the lining of canned goods.
Even though research shows BPA is detrimental to human health, the BPA market was valued at over $13 billion in 2013 and expected to reach $20 billion in 2020.
The irony is that BPA-free products contain other chemicals that are nearly identical to BPA, so BPA free doesn’t equal healthy.
A study tested the urine and blood of 94 students in Great Britain and found 86% of the teenagers had hormone-disrupting contaminants in their system. Other studies have yielded similar results, such as one by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that found detectable levels of BPA in 93% of over 2,500 individual urine samples. This data is representative of exposure throughout the United States. Growing children are at a greater risk as compared to adults when exposed to any harmful chemicals.
BPA is a hormonal disruptor that mimics estrogen. BPA binds to the estrogen receptor sites in the human body. This can produce overstimulation of those receptor sites, or interfere or block the way in which estrogen is made or controlled.
The interruption in the endocrine system may produce negative results in the cardiovascular, reproductive, neurological and immune systems of both children and adults.
The bottom line is that you are much better drinking bottled water from glass bottles that you recycle or drinking filtered water.
Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution. Just say NO to plastic water bottles!