What is Bisphenol A? (BPA)Bisphenol A is a endocrine disruptor. What effects Bisphenol A has on humans have been widely debated, as well as at which exposure levels harmful effects occur. Studies have however shown a possible connection between exposure to BPA and variety of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
A number of major studies are currently being conducted to identify the effects BPA have on humans. In order to reduce the exposure of BPA on infants the substance have been prohibited in baby bottles since 2011 throughout the EU. The Swedish government decided in 2012 to ban BPA in food packaging intended for children up to three years.
In which products do I find BPA?BPA is used in the production of polycarbonate plastic and epoxy materials. It is a common substance in plastic products such as CDs and DVDs, camera shells, epoxy paint, epoxy films, inks and copy paper. It is also common in building materials, electronics and as surface treatment on the inside of packaging for foodstuffs. Low levels of BPA can migrate and thus end up in the food we eat.
Should I be worried about BPA?The risk of Bisphenol A is not the substance itself but how much you are exposed to it. The amount of BPA we are exposed to is not harmful to us. It is estimated that people exposed most to BPA get in say 1.5 micrograms per kilogram of body weight and day. The tolerable value of Bisphenol A is 4 micrograms per kilo body weight and day.
Children and adolescents are generally more exposed to BPA than adults.
How do I avoid BPA?It is possible to avoid exposing oneself and others to the risks that some plastics could cause by making conscious material choices. All products in this catalogue are produced in materials that are completely free form Bisphenol A and other bisphenols. This makes the products particularly suitable for environments where children are present.
Sources: Swedish National Food Agency, The Karolinska Institute - Institute of Environmental Medicine and EFSA