Understanding BPA free water bottles: what is used instead of BPA and is it safe?

Understanding BPA free water bottles: what is used instead of BPA and is it safe?

A safe way to stay hydrated. 

That’s what we are all looking for. Isn’t it.

Time to take a dive into the world of BPA free water bottles. Let’s take all things BPA – what it is, why it’s raised concerns, and why simply being BPA free may not be enough.

BPA is short for Bisphenol A.

It is a chemical compound commonly found in certain plastics and epoxy resins used in consumer products like reusable water bottles and metal can linings. Unfortunately, BPA has hormone-mimicking properties, with similarities to the natural hormone oestrogen. Small amounts of BPA can leach from plastic containers into the food or drinks they hold, potentially causing health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and liver toxicity, according to scientific studies. While BPA has been banned in baby products in regions like the UK, the USA, and the EU, it's still considered safe for use in plastics intended for adults due to low exposure levels.

So, what is the alternative?

You may have noticed that there is an increasing range of products being marked as BPA free, as brands choose to eliminate this hormone mimicking compound. But what is being used instead of BPA? What do they replace it with?

BPA can and is commonly replaced with other bisphenols, such as BPF and BPS, to make BPA-free products. There is currently less known about these other bisphenols, with less scientific studies carried out. However, the studies that have been done suggest these bisphenols have similar hormone-mimicking properties to BPA.

Additionally, some BPA-free products may contain phthalates, commonly used as softening agents for plastics. These chemicals are also considered endocrine-disrupting and have been linked to allergic diseases and potential carcinogenicity.

So, what is the best choice?

Being informed about what is in the things we buy and use everyday is the best thing we can do. Learning about what these compounds are and what scientific studies say about them allows us to make informed choices as consumers. While avoiding BPA is a step in the right direction, it's essential to consider the potential risks associated with its substitutes.

How can we reduce our exposure to BPA?

 Choose BPA free products. Opt for stainless steel, glass or ceramic bottles instead of plastic bottles. Try and find out what compounds are being used to replace the BPA by asking brands questions.
 Don’t reheat food or drinks in plastic containers.
 Reduce your use of canned foods.

Luckily Ohelo bottles truly shine in this way. Not only are all of our bottles and cups BPA-free, we go the extra mile by avoiding BPF and BPS, ensuring your daily water habit doesn’t cause you any stress. Plus, crafted from high-quality stainless steel, Ohelo bottles offer durability, style, and peace of mind. What's more, we are one of the only insulated bottle brands globally that are lead-free - making a significant step towards a safer, more sustainable option.

So, there you have it, folks! When it comes to choosing the best water bottle for your needs, Ohelo bottles stand out for all the right reasons. Say goodbye to worries about BPA and hello to a healthier way of hydrating with Ohelo!

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