What You Need to Know About BPA

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Amanda Holliday | 5 Comments

As you probably know, Little Green Pouch is BPA-free (as well we pthalate, lead and PVC-free). And I am sure you have heard BPA-this, BPA-that for the past several years. So what is BPA? Why do we need to know and how do we avoid it? And how do we know what products contain BPA? We wanted to provide you with answers to those questions and more. 

What is BPA?

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is the building block of polycarbonate plastic, a hard plastic used to make numerous products, including reusable water bottles, compact discs, beverage containers, auto parts, toys and eyeglasses. It used to be used in most baby bottles, but with significant pressure from moms, manufacturers switched to safer plastics for baby and kid products. Bisphenol-A is also used in epoxy resins, in the plastic lining of some food cans, in some dental sealants, in thermal paper manufacturing and as an additive in other consumer products.

Why is BPA Such a Hot Topic?

While controversial, many studies have found that once BPA is in our bodies, it imitates our hormones, such as estrogen. Studies have shown that even low-level exposure can lead to reproductive harm, including poor sperm count, early puberty, increased risk of cancer, depression in teenage girls, and obesity.  A report from The President’s Cancer Panel in 2010 identified more than 130 studies that have linked BPA to breast cancer, obesity, and other health disorders.

BPA is listed on the Environmental Working Group's list of the Top 12 Endocrine DistruptorsEndocrine disruptors can increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.


What You Need to Know

Know Your Plastics: No which plastics are most likely to contain BPA. #1 polyethylene terephthalate, #2 High Density Polyethylene, #4 Low Density Polyethylene, #5 Polypropylene are deemed the 'safer' plastics.

Know What Products Contain BPA: It's not just plastic water bottles you have to worry about. 

How to Avoid BPA

  • Can the Cans: avoid canned and packaged foods when possible. Look for vegetables in paper-based tetra packs, especially fruits and vegetables high in acid, like tomatoes. If you do have to choose canned foods, here is a list of BPA-free canned foods. 
  • Don't microwave in plastic: The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, advises against microwaving polycarbonate plastics or putting them in the dishwasher, because the plastic may break down over time and allow BPA to leach into foods.
  • Go paperless: Thermal paper (receipts, event and cinema tickets, airline tickets) contain BPA. It transfers to your fingers or loose items in your purse or wallet.
  • Choose wood or cloth toys: We love wooden toys not only because they are free of toxins, but they are just so cute and durable. Check out Manny & Simon for great wood toys. And if you are looking for great stuffed and cloth toys, you have to check out Cate & Levi.  



Coming up next week—BPA and its affect on fertility. 

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Jonathan Mosca
Jonathan Mosca

July 24, 2014

I have heard recently that even BPA-free plastics could be a source of concern. It is difficult to avoid all plastics but when I can I find alternatives. Glass bottles, wooden toys, etc. I did not know about BPA in thermal paper.

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