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Do you know what BPA’s, BPS’s and Phthalates are?
If not don’t worry, I am going to break each of these down. And with more awareness, you’ll be confidently choosing products free from concerning chemical compounds in no time.
Let’s start with BPA.
BPA is a synthetic compound known as Bisphenol A. “BPA is an industrial chemical that has been around since the 1950’s and was used to make certain plastics and resins. It’s found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins,” explains the Mayo Clinic.
This means you could find BPA’s in quite a few places - like metal cans, plastic plates, sippy cups, food containers and reusable water bottles.
What’s more, there has since been research to show that there are some unsettling side-effects associated with the use of BPA’s, particularly in children’s products.
SIDE-EFFECTS OF BPA’S
Some studies have indicated that BPA’s can mimic the hormones in our bodies throwing out our normal hormone growth.
'Choosing safer alternatives is not only a great investment in your family’s health... it’s also a more sustainable option for the environment too.'
Anomaly in Brain Function
There is research to show links between BPA’s and changes in behaviour and brain development of children.
Immature immune systems
Our babies and children grow at rapid rates. Because of this, they don’t have the capacity to filter unwanted matter from their bodies. This leaves them more vulnerable to the effects.
THE OTHER NASTIES - BPS AND PHTHALATES
In regards to BPS, this was a replacement for BPA’s given the documented health concerns. Also known as Bisphenol S, this is still just another chemical compound found in plastics and can be used in products that are labelled “BPA Free.” However, research has shown that BPS’s may have their own set of worrying side effects.
And finally, we come to Phthalates. These are yet another chemical compound that are used to help increase plastics durability and flexibility. Put simply they act as a softening agent.
There is a growing body of research to indicate that these are also not safe for young children and babies, so best to steer clear from these altogether.
WHAT SHOULD I DO, WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?
It means becoming a little savvier with reading labels to determine what a product is made of. It’s also about sourcing other safer alternatives like glass, steel or silicone - all fantastic options that can be used just as effectively if not better.
It’s also worth noting that not all plastics are equal. There’s some that are free from BPA, BPS and Phthalates and safe to use. Like those made from PET. This stands for Polyethylene Terapthalate. You’ll find these are made using a blow moulded-method and will show a number 1 recycling mark.
In regards to silicone, we stock products that are 100% food-grade, including Silicone suction bowls, Silicone Fresh Food Feeders, Silicone Food bags and Straws, all of which are safe to be heated and frozen without any worries.
Choosing safer alternatives is not only a great investment in your family’s health it’s also a more sustainable option for the environment too.
mayoclinic.org Webmd National Geographic