Reducing Your Exposure to BPA
Easy Ways to Limit Your Exposure
- Stop buying any drinks packaged in plastic including water, juice and iced tea. Make your own and store it in a stainless steel or glass container, or buy products packaged in BPA-free containers.
- Use a a stainless steel Klean Kanteen® instead of plastic or lined aluminum bottles and accept no impostors; made from high quality, food-grade stainless steel, Klean Kanteen® is the original, high-quality, BPA-free, stainless steel bottle.
- Avoid canned food and drinks including soda and beer whenever possible, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid plastic containers with the code 7 on the bottom, unless the packaging indicates the plastic is BPA-free. Only use polyethylene or polypropylene plastics, which have the recycling code #1, #2 (HDPE), #4 (LDPE), and #5 (PP). Recycling code #7 may mean the product contains BPA, though alternative products made from plants such as corn also carry the recycling code #7.
- Don't microwave food in plastic containers.
- Don't put plastic containers in the dishwasher or use harsh detergents to clean them.
- Cook food in stainless steel or cast iron cookware.
- Use powdered infant formula. If you must use liquid formula, use formula packaged in BPA-free plastic or glass.
- Talk to your dentist about the amalgams they use for fillings and ask about BPA. Ask to see the Material Safety Data Sheet for the types of fillings they're using, which will cover all the physical and chemical properties and toxicology and potential harmful effects.
- Write letters to your local, state and federal representatives and urge them to pass proposed legislation that will limit or ban exposure to BPA.
- Support organizations like the Breast Cancer Fund and the that are actively and aggressively researching BPA and pushing legislation that will either limit our exposure to it, or ban it altogether from every day products.
Common Sources of BPA Exposure
- Polycarbonate Plastic food and beverage containers
- Canned foods including beans, tomatoes, soups etc
- Dental fillings and amalgams
- Contact lenses
- Plastics with the numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 are safest
- Glass or stainless steel food storage containers are your safest choice.
- – BPA-free canned food (except for tomatoes)
- – tomatoes packaged in BPA-free cans
- Nestle Gerber infant formula – BPA-free packaging
- Similac infant formula – BPA-free packaging
Articles on BPA and Reducing Exposure
- (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
- (The Breast Cancer Fund)
- (The Washington Post)
(The Oregon Environmental Council)
(Environmental Working Group)
- (Healthy Building Network)
- (National Institue of Environmental Health Science)
- (World Health Organization)
Studies, Reports and Reviews on BPA
If you really want to get down into the nitty gritty, here are links to some of the more frequently cited studies of BPA exposure.