BPA and Its Not So Safe Replacements

biancaIn recent years, most of us have become aware of the chemical Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA. It is one of the main reasons that I, along with many others, have chosen to ditch our plastic water bottles for a safer glass or steel alternative. Thankfully, BPA has been removed from many consumer products due to growing concerns about the chemical’s safety. However, BPA is now being replaced by other bisphenols, including BPS and BPF. Recent research shared by the Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) shows that BPS and BPF are as hormonally active as BPA and also act as endocrine disruptors.

We’ve all seen those “BPA-Free” labels, but what is it exactly and why did consumers want it out of our products in the first place? BPA is a chemical commonly found in polycarbonate plastics, often used in containers that store food and beverages, and epoxy resins, used to line the inside of metal products, like food cans. The main issue regarding BPA is that it can leach into our food and drinks, especially in high temperatures, exposing our bodies to endocrine-disrupting effects.

Unfortunately, it seems BPA has been removed from many consumer products, only to be replaced by other bisphenols that are equally unsafe and have endocrine disrupting effects. While scientists work on safer alternatives, Protect Our Breasts vets products’ packaging before we do a promotion by requesting materials safety data sheets (MSDS) for examination.

It is so important to know what goes into our products, even the packaging. Knowledge is power. At Protect Our Breasts, we aim to share this information so that our friends, family, and community can make well-informed, safer decisions.

“Bisphenol A (BPA).” National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Rochester, Johanna R., and Ashley L. Bolden. “Bisphenol S and F: A Systematic Review and Comparison of the Hormonal Activity of Bisphenol A Substitutes.” Environmental Health Perspectives (2015).

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