What Does BPA-Free Mean and Why Does It Matter?

September 19, 2022

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You’ve likely noticed that all the plastics we use in our products are BPA-free. But, what does BPA-free mean? BPA has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years, but you might not be quite sure what it is or why it matters. We’ll be discussing what exactly BPA is, how it can affect you and your family and why it’s so important to look for BPA-free food storage containers. Keep reading to learn more. 

What Is BPA? 

Let’s start with the basics. BPA is an abbreviation for Bisphenol-A, which is an industrial chemical widely used to manufacture certain plastics and epoxy resins. It has been around since the 1960s and was once found in containers meant to store beverages and food. Historically, BPA has also been used to coat the insides of bottle tops and food cans. It’s even been used as a dental sealant or composite. 

Unfortunately, BPA has been linked to a number of health problems. The safety of this chemical is often debated. However, studies indicate that it plays a role in the development of endocrine disorders, infertility, certain cancers and more. There are concerns that it affects hormones and interferes with puberty and ovulation. It has been linked to cardiovascular disease too. In addition, BPA has a negative effect on the environment

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What Does BPA-Free Mean? 

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Products that are BPA-free do not contain any traces of Bisphenol-A. As concerns regarding the safety of BPA and its ability to leach into foods and beverages have grown, many manufacturers have committed to making BPA-free products. 

Keep in mind, though, that not all BPA-free products are food-safe. This designation merely indicates that an item doesn’t contain that particular chemical. Lower-quality plastic containers may still contain Bisphenol-S (BPS) or Bisphenol-F (PSF), which are similar to BPA and carry many of the same potential risks. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to choose BPA-free insulated water bottles and food storage containers made primarily from steel and borosilicate glass.

What BPA-Free Means at W&P

Everything we sell at W&P is completely BPA-free. And because we value our customers and their health and safety, we take every precaution to ensure that our products are food-safe and FDA-compliant. Rather than plastic, many of our containers are made primarily of borosilicate glass. This material is completely safe and non-toxic, and it is designed to withstand temperature changes much better than regular glass. It’s significantly more durable than the soda-lime glass many manufacturers use, and it doesn’t leach chemicals into food. 

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Our BPA-free water bottles are made of borosilicate glass rather than plastic. It’s extremely durable and has a silicone sleeve for improved grip. And because it’s made from food-grade glass that doesn’t absorb odors or leach chemicals, every sip from this bottle tastes just as fresh as the first. 

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If you are in the market for sustainable food containers, our entire product line is free of BPA. From bowls and cups to reusable silicone bags, you can rest assured that everything we sell is safe and free from chemicals that could harm you or your loved ones. 

Closing Thoughts

You want to do everything you can to keep your family safe and healthy. One of the many ways to do that is by avoiding food and beverage containers that contain BPA. BPA can harm humans for many reasons. While research regarding the exact impact of this chemical is ongoing, it’s best to err on the side of caution. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate BPA from your life, switching to storage containers and drinkware that are BPA-free makes a big difference when it comes to minimizing your exposure.