February 11, 2008
I’m very sorry I haven’t updated my blog recently. I know how many of you check up on my blog posting each morning. ha.
So, I think I mentioned around thanksgiving that my good friend Liz is having a baby. She is due in two weeks! Kind of exciting, a little scary, and making all my friends more interested in creating a toxic fee world.
Liz brings her own bags to the grocery store and she now uses a sigg bottle for her water. I gave a hard time for drinking out of plastic bottles the last time I was there. At first she just thought I was being an alarmist, but I kept sending her articles on the subject and she realized that I’m not the only one getting rid of them. Hey, I’ve known her since I was 14, I’m suppose to do stuff like that.
Work Group for Safe Markets recently released a study called Baby’s Toxic Bottle. A little scary sounding I have to admit, but its based on the same reason I pushed Liz to get rid of the plastic water bottles. Bisphenol A.
It’s in disposable water bottles and now there is proof that it is in baby bottles. Not good for Liz junior. (actually his name is William, but I’ll use Liz jr for now – I mean that’s what he is)
With all this evidence that bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor and biaccumulates in the body, many environmentalists and social justice advocates are calling for an immediate moratorium on the use of bisphenol A in baby bottles and other food and beverage containers. One of the biggest issues with this chemical is that is in hard polycarbonate plastics (nalgeens and baby bottles) and leaches when the bottle is heated up. So, when you leave your water bottle in the car while you go grocery shopping on Saturday afternoon and the sun warms it up or when new parents heat up formula in a heat bath on the stove in the baby bottle whoever drinks out of it gets a dose of Bisphenol A. Not exactly what you want to be feeding your newborn. But it turns out around 95% of baby bottles contain it. Bisphenol A was first designed as synthetic estrogen and then was later polymerized to produce polycarbonate. A synthetic hormone that was chemically treated to make baby bottles? Really?
You can read the report here. It also lists things that you can do to help and background information if you would like to know more.
alright, i’m finished now. Its freezing in washington dc and I need some soup. minus the bisphenol A, I hope.
All the best,