November Green Tip

Singing the BPA Blues

Bisphenol A (BPA,) an industrial chemical used in making many plastics, has become so prevalent in our world that we must do certain things to protect ourselves.  Why?  BPA is an “estrogen mimicker.”  Scientists are learning more all the time, but suffice to say it can predispose us to certain kinds of cancer, as well as other health problems.   What can you do?  Do your best to reduce plastic use, particularly as relates to food and drink.  Always opt for glass containers when possible and use a stainless steel water bottle.  Most important, never microwave food or drink in plastic containers, even if it says “microwave safe.” Plastic containers labeled #7 contain BPA.  Even the linings of metal food containers and drink cans contain it!  When you use plastic of any kind don’t put it in the dishwasher.  For more ideas check out