BPA-Free Takes Hollywood
It’s no wonder that Hollywood is starting to use Born Free bottles, they’ve snapped up every other better-for-you, green product in recent years.
Add Tori Spelling to the list. Her son Liam McDermott has been spotted on Tori & Dean: Inn Love sipping from Born Free‘s bisphenol-A (AKA BPA) free bottles. Born Free bottles are not made from the harmful polycarbonate and therefore do not leach the emitted toxins into the milk/formula over time. They also have a line of glass bottles (as does Evenflo). Jason Priestley and his wife Naomi were photographed feeding their daughter Ava with a Medela bottle, which is BPA-free, as are all of the parts of the Medela pumps.
Suri Cruise has been spotted with the Playtex Premium Premium Nurser. While the Playtex bottle is made from polycarbonate, the liner holding the liquid is made of polyethylene (PET) and therefore is relatively safe from BPA.
Another bottle that lacks BPA (and polycarbonate plastic) is Adiri’s Natural Nurser. Born Free is available at Whole Foods, Babies R Us, CVS.com, and many natural food stores. Most sippy cups are not made from clear polycarbonate are therefore safe.
And of course, breastmilk straight from the source contains no BPA!
You can determine which plastics contain bisphenol-A by checking the recycling code on the bottom. Avoid #3 (polyvinyl chloride) and #6 (polystyrene) for food and liquid storage, and it’s not a bad idea to avoid #7 (which includes polycarbonate but other plastics) as well. Not all plastic is labeled so if it’s made of clear, rigid plastic, it’s probably made of polycarbonate. Products made of polypropylene are easy to identify because the BPA-free plastic is slightly cloudy and more flexible than polycarbonate.
Bisphenol-A (molecule pictured right) has been shown to stimulate estrogen receptors which causeseffects similar to estrogen in the body. In men, this may causelowered sperm count and infertile sperm.It should be noted that most major bottle makers stand behind their products and it has been proven that the amount of BPA that’s leached is below the recommended daily intake limit. Additionally, the studies that have been done have only focused on animals and results do not always correlate to humans. However, it is recommended by doctors that we avoid BPA – just in case. And because there are choices, why not make the safest one?
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Plastic safety tips
Avoid bottles and otherfood containers made of clear, hard polycarbonate plastic (made frombisphenol A), which may be labeled #7 or PC on the underside. Alsoavoid polyvinyl chloride (PVC), labeled #3, which can containphthalates.
Choose plastic food containers, bottles and cups made of #1,#2 and #4 (polyethylene) and softer, opaque #5 (polypropylene)plastics, glass or stainless steel.
Avoid canned foods, including baby formula, which may contain bisphenol A in their lining.
Avoid foods wrapped in plastic.
Do not microwave children’s food in plastic or polystyrene.
Do not put plastics in the dishwasher, and dispose of any plastic containers or dishware that look scratched or hazy.
Do not let children put plastic toys in their mouths.
Choose wooden toys or look for products labeled "PVC-free,"though most children’s products are not labeled. Soft plastic toys suchas teethers, dolls and bath books may be made of PVC.
Call manufacturers to find out whether products contain bisphenol A or phthalates.