Why you should choose BPA-free products?
When browsing through plastic products, such as storage bins or bento boxes, you may often see the words BPA-free.
However, what is BPA? Should you choose BPA-free products? And why? Today we will lead you to a short but comprehensive overview of BPA.
What is BPA?
BPA refers to bisphenol A, an industrial chemical commonly found in hard plastics and epoxy resins. Although plastics have become safer in recent years, BPA plastics are still commonly used today even though they carry many risks. Studies have shown the presence of BPA in the urine of over 90% of population tested in Canada and USA.
How does BPA affect the environment？
BPA can have an impact on wildlife, particularly on aquatic life in both freshwater and saltwater areas. Animal studies indicate that BPA affects reproduction. A 2015 report shows that BPA can interfere with endocrine function of hypothalamic-pituitary axis. Such actions affect puberty, ovulation and may even result in infertility. Ovary, uterus and other reproductive organs are also targets of BPA.
Scholars have reported distortions in female reproductive organs and functions associated with BPA and believe that the alterations may be due to that BPA closely mimics estrogen, a female sex hormone. BPA also mimics androgen, a male sex hormone. It is no surprise that studies have shown that BPA threatens the reproductive potential of male hippocampus and mice.
BPA has also been known to disrupt endocrine systems, including the kidney, liver, and gallbladder. Inhaling or ingesting something contains BPA may cause nausea, vomiting and other symptoms.If animals are exposed to these chemicals, they may suffer the same effects. This could seriously damage the ecosystem, considering that the death of these could affect other animals and plants nearby, causing secondary damage.
Tips to reduce exposure to BPA at home
- Minimize or eliminate the use of canned and packaged foods
- Avoid microwaving your food in plastic containers
- Look for "BPA-free" labels on the products you buy
- Watch out for baby products, especially teething toys that are designed to be chewed or sucked on
- If possible, you should buy glass containers, or plastic containers that are non-toxic and BPA-free
Lifewit’s BPA-Free Products
Considering the potential hazards of BPA, it would be wise to restrict the use of BPA as much as possible. The most thorough and effective way to do this is to throw away all the products in your home that contain BPA. But this may be a bit radical, considering that BPA is present in many products. Then, you can try an alternative by actively buying products that are free of such harmful chemicals.
Lifewit is a trusted homeware brand with a solid reputation for bringing quality products to consumers. In 2022, we launched two new plastic products, the 8pcs Fridge Organizer and the 25 PCS Drawer Organizer Set.
These organizers are made with high quality polystyrene plastic which is BPA-free and non-toxic. In addition, the material we use with our Fridge Storage bins is PET, which is considered to be a food-grade safe plastic material. You can safely use it for storing food like fruits, yogurt, vegetables, meat, cheese, as well as for spice bottles, dry goods in the pantry.
- Lifewit Household