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Canada Becomes First Country to Ban Toxic BPA

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On August 27, 2010 @ 3:16 pm In Design for Health,Green Materials | No Comments

bpa, bisphenol a, canada, environment canada, epa, green design [1]Photo by Steven Depolo [2]

As avid Inhabitat readers know [3], BPA [4] is a nasty substance. The organic compound, found in everything from reusable water bottles [5] to soup cans [6], is thought to cause both hormonal and neurological issues. But the anti-BPA movement is growing strong — so strong, in fact, that Canada just moved to ban the substance altogether.

bpa, bisphenol a, canada, environment canada, epa, green design [7]

Canada banned BPA [8]-containing plastic baby bottles in 2008, but the new move will see BPA removed from all products on store shelves. As a result, Canada will become the first country in the world to declare BPA as a toxic substance. There’s no word on when the ban will take effect, but the North American chemical industry [9] is reportedly [10] angry with Environment Canada’s decision to abolish the stuff.

Even though the U.S. hasn’t made any moves to ban BPA [11] outright, the Canadian ban could reverberate across the border — and that’s a good thing for anyone concerned about their health.

Via Grist [10]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/can-by-Steven-Depolo.jpg

[2] Steven Depolo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/3511460735/

[3] know: http://www.google.com/url?url=http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/14/fungi-could-break-down-toxic-bpa/&rct=j&sa=X&ei=zgl4TIeMMcG88gbxlKicBg&ved=0CB0QzgQoATAA&q=bpa+inhabitat&usg=AFQjCNG-YHOyiWATvggYcYMHdfQtiX4rMg&cad=rja

[4] BPA: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBkQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitat.com%2F2010%2F08%2F03%2Fsexy-bpa-free-bottle-screws-apart-for-easy-cleanup%2F&rct=j&q=bpa%20inhabitat&ei=zgl4TIeMMcG88gbxlKicBg&usg=AFQjCNEHlZLeO1NXRZFTWJW-zrlKJrH0Sg&cad=rja

[5] reusable water bottles: http://www.inhabitots.com/2009/08/22/sigg-scandal-sigg-eco-water-bottles-had-bpa-all-along/

[6] cans: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CCEQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitots.com%2F2010%2F05%2F20%2Fstudy-shows-bpa-found-in-most-canned-foods%2F&rct=j&q=bpa%20inhabitat&ei=zgl4TIeMMcG88gbxlKicBg&usg=AFQjCNHU66Y-BJAD_AGo5Rg-yIBRo_vnJA&cad=rja

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/27/canada-becomes-first-country-to-ban-toxic-bpa/bpa-3/

[8] BPA: http://www.google.com/url?url=http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/22/news-alert-sigg-water-bottles-contain-bpa/&rct=j&sa=X&ei=zgl4TIeMMcG88gbxlKicBg&ved=0CBwQzgQoADAA&q=bpa+inhabitat&usg=AFQjCNGcE8rZ0lFhB0S5WUKM23uNtL3a5Q&cad=rja

[9] industry: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CCkQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2F2010%2F04%2F21%2Fcoke-cans-still-contain-bpa-shareholders-outraged%2F&rct=j&q=%20site%3Ainhabitat.com%20bpa%20inhabitat&ei=EQp4TM7dKsH98AaE_4ivBw&usg=AFQjCNE5Uf3rp0Png1LJjMeI2mCnSIbj1w&cad=rja

[10] reportedly: http://www.grist.org/article/food-canada-bans-BPA-why-havent-we/

[11] BPA: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CC0QFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitat.com%2F2010%2F08%2F02%2Fthe-vapur-water-bottle-comes-flat-foldable-and-bpa-free%2F&rct=j&q=%20site%3Ainhabitat.com%20bpa%20inhabitat&ei=EQp4TM7dKsH98AaE_4ivBw&usg=AFQjCNGubQROIWKi8Y-9IRZhZ2EK2rRmpQ&cad=rja

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