“BPA-Free” Marketing Ploy

The term “BPA-Free” bugs me.  It’s on nearly every product label on the market or on every product description made of plastic and epoxy resin.  BPA-Free is a term that has come to mean as much as “Fat-Free” or “Low Calorie.”  It’s just a load of crap junk.

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Really people?  WAKE UP!  I hate to be the bearer of bad news here…but just because a product is labeled “free” of something, doesn’t it make it any healthier for you or your families!  You’re being lied to!

Let me explain…

Plastic is plastic. Just because one chemical is taken out, it needs to be replaced by something to fulfill the initial chemical’s purpose and it’s not to say that the replacement chemical is any more safer than the first. And who knows what the heck that replacement chemical is!?  (Actually, I know.  It’s called bisphenol S (BPS) and it’s NOT ANY MORE SAFE THAN BPA!!!!)  A really good article about BPS can be found by clicking here.

BPA is a petroleum based chemical that is added to plastics to create pliability and durability (among other purposes). If BPA is eliminated, something else would need to be added in order for the product to maintain it’s pliability and durability. Did you know that medical IV tubes contain BPA too? There’s over 80,000 chemicals on the market today and a very small portion of them have been tested. Plastic is not a good option no matter what and alternatives should been sought out no matter what the circumstance. The only difference is that the chemical toxicity would be different from product to product and use to use.

DON’T GIVE INTO MARKETING.  THESE COMPANIES ARE OUT TO MAKE MONEY AND THEY USE “FREE” TERMS ON THEIR PRODUCT LABELS JUST TO MAKE YOU THINK YOU ARE BUYING A  MORE SUPERIOR PRODUCT.

So what is the alternative?  DON’T USE PLASTIC!  There are many alternatives out on the market today.  The following are just a few.  Glass, Ceramic (stoneware, pottery, crockery), Stainless Steel, Cotton, Wood, Bamboo, and Plastarch Material (PSM).  Please feel free to add any that I’ve missed in the comments below.

Safamama.com has a cheat sheet section on her site that is a GREAT resource for going plastic free!  Check out her site!  This site is not just for moms or families.  Much of the information can be applied to everyone!

Plastic should NEVER be heated in the microwave!  Are you guilty of putting your gGladware, tTupperware or zZiploc containers in the microwave!  BIG NO NO!  Find out why here!!!!

Thanks for reading and share my mission with your friends and family!

-Your Green Guide

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