Friday, April 20, 2012

Tritan - Better Than BPA Free

BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.  In particular, BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles.  Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA.  The National Toxicology Program at the Department of Health and Human Services says it has "some concern" about the possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. (source: Mayo Clinic)

BPA remains controversial, and research studies are continuing.  It is now very rare to find a water bottle currently being sold that still contains BPA.  BPA free is now standard in drinkware and other plastic products.

Enter the next stage in plastic: Tritan.  Not only BPA free, Tritan copolyester is chemically benign and is a medical grade polymer.  In addition, it is dishwasher safe, has glass-like transparency, and is shatterproof.

Tritan is just coming onto the drinkware market, so it's not widely available yet.  Here are two items that are made with Tritan plastic:

Olympian 28 oz Tritan Bottle
    Spill-proof lid equipped with soft plastic straw provides an easy drinking experience
    Silicon seal prevents leaks
    Easy carry handle convenient for travel
Prices range from $4.00 - $5.40 each for a one color imprint.

Element 16 oz Tritan Bottle
    Soft silicone mouthpiece offers an enjoyable drinking experience
    Elegant bottle is sleek with slim hour glass shape providing an ergonomic grip
    The easy screw top closes flush with the removable silicone seal that prevents leaks
Prices range from $4.99 - $5.91 each for a one color imprint.

Keep an eye out for more new items made from Tritan plastic when making your drinkware choices.


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