Water bottle confusion

Yesterday I was surfing around while laying here, bored, when I ran across a post from Crunchy Domestic Goddess* about how some SIGG bottles are actually lined with materials containing the dreaded BPA. Remember when the leeching of BPA was big news? At the time, everyone was promoting stainless steel water bottles like SIGG as a good alternative to plastic to avoid the risk of BPA.

Our church had given us 2 free SIGG bottles as a “thank you” for volunteering some time in early fall of 2008 and we’d been using them ever since. I felt really secure using the SIGG bottles throughout this pregnancy because I figured I was avoiding BPA.

Well, apparently the whole time, SIGG bottles were lined with a material containing BPA, but the company “didn’t mention it” to anyone. They quietly changed their lining starting August 2008 (after we got our bottles).

SIGG claims that the lining with BPA has been shown to have zero leeching. And I am sure that is the case with a completely intact bottle, but I have to tell you that I have dropped each of our bottles 2-3 times each, so they are significantly dented. I am guessing the tests they ran on their bottles were probably not those that have been dropped, warping the structure of the inside of the bottle.

I was a little miffed about this. I am not freaking out or anything because really, what can I do? If I have been sucking down BPA for the last 8 months there isn’t anything I can do about it. But I do wish SIGG had been more upfront. I would have liked to have been given the opportunity to make an informed choice, and not find out now that I have been putting the baby at a risk I would have chosen to avoid. I will not be buying anything else from SIGG, regardless of whether they have fixed the lining. I choose not to support a company that chooses to make the decisions they’ve made.

We went to Whole Paycheck yesterday and got a nice BPA-free plastic water bottle and I’m using that now. It’s so boring and plain that I can’t even find a picture of it to post here, but it works. Just wanted to give you all a heads-up in case you have been drinking from SIGG bottles. Go to the post from Crunchy Domestic Goddess for a picture of what the old liners vs. the new liners look like, if you need to check your bottle.

* NOTE: I would recommend taking a look at the Crunchy Domestic Goddess site – if you think I’m a little too crunchy sometimes, she makes me look like an SUV-driving yuppie tree killer…

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