BPA awareness children

It is strongly advised not to drink bottled water that has been left in a car. If the plastic bottle contains Bisphenol A (BPA) when it is heated up it can release trace levels of BPA into the water. Living in Hawaii we need to be careful and try not to drink from that warmed up water bottle or let your little one drink from a plastic bottle that is not BPA free.

BPA or Bisphenol A is a xenoestrogen, a known endocrine disruptor, meaning it disturbs the hormonal messaging in our bodies. Synthetic xenoestrogens are linked to breast cancer and uterine cancer in women, decreased testosterone levels in men, and can be particularly devastating to bodies of babies and young children.

To be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach BPA, check the recycling symbol on the bottom. If it is #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), which we can recycle here on Maui, or #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or #5 PP (polypropylene), which unfortunately can’t be recycled, your bottle is fine.

The type of plastic bottle in which water is usually sold is #1 which contain BPA. #1 bottles are only recommended for one time use, and are recyclable here on Maui. Do not refill it. Better to use a reusable BPA free water bottle, and fill it with your own filtered water from home or in town. Or use a stainless steel canteen or a glass bottle when you can. Thermos steel canteens are even better as they keep the water cold for your little one and are pretty resilient. Hydro flasks are da best!

FYI – In 2006 Europe banned all products made for children under age 3 containing BPA. It is slowly catching on over here in the United States.

With this reminder please make sure the bottle your baby/child is drinking from is BPA free.

Image Credit: Benedicte Lechrist

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