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There’s almost no escaping bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is found in canned food linings, paper products, plastic toys and of course plastic dishes, such as baby bottles, reusable water bottles, plates and more. But what about BPA-free plastics? Those are safe right? Maybe not. Back in 2011, one study reveled that even BPA-free plastics may release harmful chemicals, and now a new Mother Jones report dives into that study and the world of “BPA-free” plastics gathering startling evidence that there are plenty of not so BPA-free companies trying to cover it up. This research kicked off when CertiChem and its founder, George Bittner, coauthored a paper in the NIH journal Environmental Health Perspectives, reporting, “That “almost all” commercially available plastics that were tested leached synthetic estrogens—even when they weren’t exposed to conditions known to unlock potentially harmful chemicals, such as the heat of a microwave, the steam of a dishwasher, or the sun’s ultraviolet rays. “ As reported in 2011, Bittner’s research shows that some BPA-free products even release synthetic estrogens more potent than harmful BPA. Many plastic advocates, such as The American Chemistry Council, Eastman Chemical—the maker of Tritan, and others have teamed up to dispute the findings and launch a campaign to discredit Bittner and his research. The Mother Jones report looks at how companies will pretty much say and do anything in order to keep selling chemical-laden plastics, “BPA-free” or not. If you’re a parent, the article, The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics is a good read. Plus, this is just another decent reminder to use stainless steel or glass over plastics whenever possible. Also take a peek at how to lower your family’s BPA levels dramatically in just 3 days!

+ The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics