All products in the pigeon range are completely BPA FREE
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an important industrial chemical that is used primarily as a chemical backbone (monomer) to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.
When BPA started to be employed in industrial manufacturing of polycarbonate plastic in 1957, it was found to give plastic a unique combination of very useful properties - in particular optical clarity, shatter-resistance and high heat-resistance.
These characteristics have made polycarbonate an important part of everyday life in a wide variety of applications, especially food manufacturing and construction.
Because it has been used to make consumer products for more than 50 years now, and because of its diffusion in many everyday products like baby bottles and food/drinks containers, Bisphenol A has been the subject of extensive scientific study and controversial evaluation over the last decade.
One of the main arguments against BPA is that it is also a synthetic hormone that mimics estrogen, binding to the same receptors in the human body (and the bodies of other mammals) as natural female hormones.
In the 1930s, extensive tests were conducted to determine whether Bisphenol A could be used in hormone replacement therapy for women, but it ultimately proved less effective than other chemicals as a source of synthetic estrogen.
For this property scientists and researchers claim that exposure to Bisphenol A can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer and liver abnormalities in adults and result in brain and hormone development problems in fetuses and young children.
As its proven that small amounts of BPA can contaminate food when heated up on when plastic deteriorate, their claim is that even though for the most part, human exposure to Bisphenol is low-level in most of the plastic used for consumer products, the exposure to a human body is also continuous and widespread, because BPA is present in so many of the products we all use every day.
However no position has been definitely taken and no final and unified response has been given to the public.
Controversy over alleged toxicity of course exists between public and environmental health advocates on one side and the plastics industry and other university based studies, which minimise any concern and say there is minimal danger with human exposure levels.
Starting in 2008, several governments decided to reassess BPA's safety, with different results again. Pushed by media and public opinion some governments prompted retailers in specific industries (especially baby products manufacturers) to withdraw polycarbonate products from the market.
Australia was one of them.
As soon as BPA raised more serious concerns, PIGEON introduced our current BPA FREE bottle range, made of either PP (milky plastic) or PPSU (honey tinged) bottles.
In the whole old Pigeon range, in fact, only the old baby bottles (the 200mL and 300mL) contained minimal traces of Bisphenol A.
Luckily Pigeon always manufactured its baby bottles using an extremely high grade of Polycarbonate, therefore the old bottle range contained less than 0.01ug/ml of the potentially harmful component, a quarter of the current European BPA standard for safety (0.04ug/ml).
Today we are proud to say that PIGEON Australia hasn't sold anything containing even the smallest trace of Bisphenol A over the last 18 months.
Please note that Pigeon Teethers, Toothbrushes, Dummies, Cups etc NEVER contained BPA – any products which are not transparent and do not need to stand high temperatures are, and always have been, BPA free.
Please find below useful links and tips to avoid BPA all together;
Reducing Your Exposure to BPA
Bisphenol A has been used as an ingredient in consumer products for a long time, and is difficult to avoid. In some cases, alternatives are available. Consider these tips, especially if you are or may become pregnant or are parents choosing for a child.
Avoid reusable plastic water and baby bottles. Most commercial reusable water bottles are made of polycarbonate plastic that leaches bisphenol A into the water. Use polyethylene or alluminum bottles instead. Use glass baby bottles instead of plastic. Discard old or damaged bottles.
Avoid polycarbonate plastic food containers and table ware. These may be labelled 'PC' underneath a plastic code #7 in the recycling triangle on the bottom of the container. (The #7 means 'other', so you need to see the 'PC' to confirm that the plastic is polycarbonate).
Minimize the use of canned foods and canned drinks. Until industry reformulates the laquer lining of metal cans (as is being done in Japan), choose fresh or frozen foods or glass containers or bottles. A recent study by Environmental Working Group found bisphenol A in more than half of 97 cans of brand-name fruit, vegetables, soda, and other common canned goods. This will also help you teaching your kids to eat healthy and fresh food.
Ask your dentist for BPA-free sealants and composite fillings. Some dental resins are free from or low in BPA and BADGE. Ask your dentist if they know about BPA and request the MSDS sheet (Material Safety Data Sheet) for the sealants or composite fillings to look for BADGE in the list of ingredients. Being advocate for the BPA free cause will make more and more people aware of it. The market always have to bend to what customers want so the more people switch to BPA free, the faster it will be phased out from all industries.
And make sure your family brushes and flosses regularly to prevent the need for dental work!