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Ecocean Facts #2

BPA, what it is, why it affects you, and how to avoid it. 

BPA refers to a chemical compound that is commonly added to commercial products such as plastic bottles, food containers, baby bottles and more. It is added to these plastics to make them stronger and more resilient. But like all things, even this can breakdown, and leach into whatever substance it is carrying, such as food, water, and baby formula. BPA has a controversial past, as some environmental and scientific organisations have come out with research that label is as harmful, while some larger organisations that benefit from its production have research that suggest it has no impact on the human body. Although there is not yet enough evidence to support the ban of BPA, the Australian government began the phase out process of it in plastics in 2010, following suit of countries to ban it such as Canada. The research that does exist however indicated very clearly that BPA can negatively affect fertility in both males and females, and exposure at an early age can impact on weight, likelihood of obesity and cancer, and affect hormonal development. Here at ECOCEAN we avoid all plastic usage, and provide healthier BPA free alternatives. If you'd like to learn more about BPA poisoning, follow the link to the review of a paper written by Endocrine Reviews: http://press.endocrine.org/doi/10.1210/er.2015-1093