When did finding safe, reusable water bottles get so darned complicated? When I learned several years ago that my reuseable plastic water bottle contained bisphenol A (also known as BPA), a chemical believed to have an adverse affect on the brains and reproductive systems of fetuses and small children, I replaced it with a Sigg bottle. I figured I was safe.
Reusable water bottle giant Sigg came under fire last month for not divulging that, until last year, its bottle liners contained BPA. Photo By Jeffrey Simpson/Courtesy Flickr.
But last month Sigg CEO Steve Wasik issued two apologies, on the Sigg website and on the Huffington Post, for not informing buyers that Sigg water bottles had contained BPA. “I am sorry that we did not make our communications on the Sigg liner more clear from the very beginning,” Wasik wrote.
Though Wasik says Sigg never marketed the liner as BPA-free, he does admit that the company could have done a better job informing the public about the liner. He says Sigg plans to become fully transparent and will post details about all their bottles’ materials—in easy-to-understand language—online.
Sigg also plans to create an independently managed grant program to fund BPA and chemical research, which it hopes will help “eliminate confusion and concern about this issue,” Wasik states. Noting that Sigg has stopped using BPA, Wasik said he’s concerned with its use in other products.
Sigg implemented a new BPA-free liner in August 2008. The company is offering a voluntary exchange program for older bottles containing BPA. If you have a bottle purchased or made before August 2008, you’re eligible to exchange it for a new one via mail or in person at an authorized retailer.
A list of retailers participating in the exchange and guidelines to help you distinguish whether your bottle is eligible are available on the Sigg website. October 31 is the last day to send in your bottle.
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