There is a lot of news about BPA going around the Interwebs this week. What is BPA? It is a chemical found in certain types of plastic, including baby bottles, that has been found to mimic the hormone estrogen and is possibly linked to some cancers, birth defects and developmental problems. This should concern anyone who has children, drinks bottled water or otherwise consumes food or drink from plastic containers. Here are some links:
- Canada is going to declare BPA a dangerous substance and Wal-Mart is going to pull baby bottles that contain BPA by 2009; if you have a baby, though, you may want to invest in glass bottles or BPA-free bottles now. The same article at Baby Bargains Book Blog mentions that Nalgene is going to stop selling water bottles that contain BPA.
- You may also be concerned about baby food packaged in plastic; again, there are (organic) alternatives packaged in glass, or you could try making your own baby food. (This article at Green Daily includes a nice summary of types of plastic to avoid.)
- Z Recommends has a handy guide to BPA-free children’s feeding products.
- The entertaining blog Life Less Plastic is written by someone who is trying to eliminate all plastic from her life. I don’t know if I could go this far, but I certainly agree that we could consciously reduce the number of disposable things we use all the time, such as paper towels and napkins.
Speaking of green, Amazon has launched Amazon Green, a guide to green products available for purchase there. As much as I try, I can’t stop loving Amazon. They have a large selection of organic and green products, and many are available with free super-saving shipping. This week I’ve purchased there glass baby bottles and silicone nipples, super-cute wooden toys (no plastic) and this ingenious energy-saving power strip for our entertainment center.