Other Lessons in This Course
- BPA Promotional Products
- Types of Plastic
- Guide to Materials: Polypropylene, Polyester, and Nylon
- Differences Between Pill and No-Pill Fleece
- 50/50 vs. 100% Cotton T-Shirts
- What is Neoprene?
- Different Types of Lead
- BPA Promotional Products
- What is Proposition 65?
- Ounces in Garments
- What Materials Are Used for Koozies?
- Do Stress Balls Work?
- Different Types of Inks and Their Uses
- Different Types of Pens and Their Uses
- Different Types of Tote Bag Materials
- What Are the Different Types of Mugs?
- What Are the Different Types of Adhesives?
Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, has been around since the 1960s. It's a chemical compound that has been used as a component in several different types of plastic, all of which are lightweight, shatter-resistant, and able to withstand high temperatures. BPA is present in a number of plastic items ... including some promotional products.
What Products Contain BPA?
BPA is used mostly to manufacture hard, clear plastics. This means you're most likely to find BPA in water bottles and sports bottles on the Quality Logo Products website. Other products that might contain BPA include: food containers, baby bottles, thermal receipt paper, and canned food (it's in the lining on the inside of the can).
Can You Prevent BPA Contamination?
In the past, laboratory studies involving rats have shown that BPA works as an endocrine disruptor. This means BPA had an effect on hormones in the rats' bodies, which led researchers to express concern that it could also affect hormones in people ... namely, in small, developing children.
So Why is BPA Still Out There?
In its mission to make sure people aren't eating and drinking harmful substances, the Food and Drug Administration has declared BPA safe for use in food and drink containers. The FDA's research is ongoing, but it currently maintains that the low levels of BPA people are exposed to through their containers aren't enough to cause harm. However, since 2012, the FDA has recommended that baby bottles and toddlers' sippy cups not be made with plastic that contains BPA, since infants and children are more sensitive to the effects of chemicals.
The following types of plastic do not contain BPA and are considered safer for use as food containers:
HDPE—often found in milk gallon jugs and containers for dish detergent
LDPE—often found in grocery bags and sandwich bags
PP—often found in Tupperware, margarine tubs, and disposable yogurt containers
But what about type 6?
You might have noticed that type 6 plastic hasn't been mentioned. Type 6 plastic is polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam. Polystyrene doesn't contain BPA, but it has been at the center of its own controversies.
Why Are People Worried About BPA?
If you have a plastic water bottle made with BPA, you can reduce the likelihood of BPA leaching into the water by handwashing the bottle and never using it in a microwave. Exposing the plastic to the hot temperatures used in dishwashers, scrubbing it with harsh dishwasher detergents, or exposing it to microwave radiation can make the transfer of BPA into the water more likely.
The older a plastic item is, the more likely it is to release BPA into the food or drink it's storing, so consider replacing your bottles every few years.
Finally, if BPA remains a concern, choose a container made of another material. Stainless steel water bottles, for example, are stylish, durable, and very popular. They're also BPA-free, which means you can promote your business feeling completely confident. No matter what material you choose, we have products that are right for your customers.