Plastic Fantastic? Well…It Depends! BPA and BPS In Plastic Products
Often times, while people are focused on the ingredients that are in a product (and rightly so), most people tend to ignore, or simply overlook, what those ingredients are stored in. Plastics—and by extension plastic bottles—can contain harmful chemicals that can cause adverse health effects when there is increased exposure to them.
So what can you – as a consumer – be doing to make sure you are safe? (Hint: check the bottles and labeling!)
A Closer Look at BPA and BPA-Free
At this point, all consumers have seen the "BPA-Free" labels slapped on plastic containers in the market. While this is great news, and a step in the right direction, further discussion is warranted. Bisphenol-A, commonly known as BPA, is a chemical that is often used to make plastics and has been linked with chronic diseases and problems with the reproductive system. While BPA content is regulated by the FDA, unfortunately it is only done so for a finite number of items (e.g. baby bottles and sippy cups, epoxy resins used in infant formula packaging). Thus, given the negative health effects of BPA, care should be given to at least recognize products as being BPA-Free, but even then, further research should be taken!
BPS – the Harmful Cousin of BPA
Being able to see "BPA-Free" on most plastic containers should bring us all a sense of joy and safety but, what consumers are not counting on, is the current common replacement that is added to some plastics is Bisphenol-S, or BPS. Research indicates that BPS is just as harmful as BPA, if not potentially more dangerous. With the enactment of recent state regulations for BPA content, some companies and manufacturers are eagerly replacing BPA with BPS.
Studies of BPS, found it is "disruptive not only to the body's hormone system, but to brain circuitry in developing animal embryos"[i]. Further, according to ScientificAmerican.Com, “[n]early 81 percent of Americans have detectable levels of BPS in their urine.”[ii] Thus, in practical terms, this suggests that a “BPA-Free” label might be of little comfort to a consumer concerned about the potential impacts of exposure, especially due to the similar chemicals that scientists suggest, are likely to have analogous effects on health. Some of the alternatives to BPA that the manufacturing industry is using “could be as bad, if not worse in terms of their estrogenic capabilities,” recites Michael Antoniou, a molecular geneticist at King’s College London. “There needs to be some caution here.”[iii]
Thin Energy® - The Healthy Alternative® - BPA and BPS Free Packaging
At Thin Energy®, we continually strive to provide a great formula with better-for-you ingredients, along with safe packaging as well. You'll be pleased to know that our manufacturers are all located here in the United States of America (competitors' plastics often times will be produced and manufactured in China), and Thin Energy® guarantees that our products are made BPA/BPS Free (with no phthalates). Remember: not only are the ingredients in the product of importance, but also that with which the product is stored in. Please visit our website at www.thinenergy.com for more information on Thin Energy® and we look forward to engaging with you on our site along with us on social media (Instagram/Twitter: @ThinEnergy).