Steve and I have been advocates for drinking tap water for quite some time. Why? Tap water is regulated and good for you, and, we have a very hard time thinking about how many plastic bottles previously containing "water" end up in landfill. Last year while visiting Paris and Amsterdam there was a noticeable movement in restaurants toward tap water, presented in a glass decanter, rather than selling a bottle of water. The production of plastic bottles to carry "filtered" or "remineralized tap water" last year alone used 17 million barrels of oil, produced 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide and used three times the amount of water used to fill each bottle. Shocking hunh? Especially given that we live in a country where clean water is accessible everywhere.
The next big dilemma presents itself in the form of what type of reusable container we should be putting our tap water into. Everyone has heard that Plastic Number 7 is BAD. It's a hard clear plastic found in many reusable containers, from what I have read, it's a catchall number meaning the #7 plastic is made from several types of plastics some of which contain BPA and some of which do not. Still how are you to know?
BPA is a synthetic sex hormone similar to estrogen which is used to harden plastics, however, it has been known to leak into the container's contents. Scientists studying BPA in animal research have found it can cause various health problems including cancer, diabetes, hyperactivity, obesity and early onset of puberty.
So we play safe and rule it out altogether which is what the FDA in Canada has done declaring BPA a TOXIN. YAY CANADA!
With Baby P on the way I have begun to really look for BPA free bottles, sippy cups, utensils, pacifiers and toys. While it will be fine if Baby P lives a lifetime singing show tunes I really don't want to be buying Baby P's first training bra at age six, or carpooling to chemo treatments instead of hockey practice, if I can help prevent it.
So what can you do?
If you are heading out for the day, pack a bottle of water to take along. There are a number of great BPA or Bispenol-A FREE reusable stainless steel bottles on the market specifically made for toting water. Companies like Klean Kanteen,and Sigg, just to name two brands who have taken the lead on the market in eco friendly reusable containers for kids and adults.
For baby items look for the BPA FREE logo in the packaging. I recently bought a set of spoons made by Munchkin who had a big BPA free symbol on the front of the package. Although, not all of thier products are BPA free. Careful consideration is still at the buyers discretion. Other great companies making BPA Free products like bottles, sippy cups and pacifiers for babies are Born Free, AVENT, Evenflo glass bottles, Dr.Brown's glass bottles, thinkbaby, Nuby and Sassy MAM.
We all have a choice.