Plastic products surround our babies - be sure they're BPA-free! Image via Wikipedia

The Safe Baby Bottle Act, which Governor Gregoire signed into law on March 19, 2010, ensures baby bottles, sippy cups, cans or jars of infant food, and other products intended for children cannot contain BPA (bisphenol A). A host of health problems have been linked to BPA.  These include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and neurological and developmental disorders.

You should know that this is the 2nd time this legislation was proposed in 2009 but blocked by chemical companies and Wal-Mart.  Sad to find out that they’re more interested in profit than in protecting our kids.

BPA-free Baby Products are widely available

Washington is now only the second state to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in sports bottles and the fifth to take action on the chemical in children’s dishware. Now that Washington passed the bill, several other states are considering similar legislation, but don’t wait for your state to protect your kids.  Shop for BPA-free products and toss the plastic your child is using now.  An outlay of cash now can reap the reward of better health later.  Additionally, consider removing it from your life as well.  Heart disease has been linked to high-levels of BPA in urine.  I’m replacing all of my plastic food containers with glass or bpa-free ones.  BPA-free infant and adult products are widely available and several major brands have started providing only safe alternatives.

Congrats to the legislature and Governor Christine Gregoire for protecting our children and in the process, providing the information to others so they can make the safe choice as well.

Learn more about BPA here:

  • Learn about the scientific studies on the health impacts of bisphenol A
  • Chemical BPA Linked to Heart Disease (nlm.nig.gov)
  • Health Tip: Reduce Baby’s Exposure to BPA (nlm.nih.gov)
  • Nearly everyone in the U.S. carries BPA – the chemical may increase risk of heart disease (casesblog.blogspot.com)
  • Bisphenol A (BPA) to be listed as ‘chemical of concern’ by EPA (americablog.com)
  • 1 Million Lbs of BPA Released Into US Environment Each Year – EPA to Launch Investigation (treehugger.com)
  • Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA (thekitchn.com)
  • BPA Found Beached and at Sea (usnews.com)
  • EPA takes action on “gender-bending” BPA (businessgreen.com)

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