Of course, this is news we all could have used YESTERDAY!!!! (I say this in the fashion of Adam Sandler). It has recently come to our attention that the Avent bottles that used for Logan have a dangerous amount of the stuff in them. More, in fact, than most baby bottles. Well, it's too late to do anything about that and I'm sure it won't make much of a difference in the long run. Imagine all the crazy things that our parents used for us that wouldn't be acceptable today. Oh yeah, mom and dad, I remember scooting around in one of those death traps on wheels called a walker.
It is easy to tell if something you have contains BPA. Look at that lovely recycling symbol on the bottom of the cup or whatever. You know, the one with the triangular arrows on it. If the number in the centre of that triangle is a "7" then it is baaaaaadddddd. Throw it away or risk the giant BPA monster. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Logan's sippy cups are a respectable "5", so he's safe from harm until the next scare enters our field of vision. However, not all is safe in the Team T-Lo abode. We have been threatened to our very core by the BPA monster. OUR SLURPEE CUPS ARE 7'S!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
What a thing to discover. Don't worry, the regular cups in the 7-Eleven are 5's, so if you're not cheap and buy a new one, you're safe. But Terry and I always use the refill cups that we purchased last summer. Those lovely Simpson's Squishee ones that took us months to collect.
I innocently turned one of those cups over the other day. Lo and behold, there was a 7 staring me in the face. Bah! BPA is now a big pain in my ass. How dare it threaten our life nectar?
We've since made Logan stop playing with these cups, but we are still using them for refills. Our cheap bone has outweighed our health bone in this case. Once 7-Eleven has a new promotion that we can get behind, we'll buy new ones. We promise.
For anyone interested in what all those recycling symbols mean, below is a summary:
- #1 PETE or PET (polyethylene terephthalate): used for most clear beverage bottles.
- #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene): used for "cloudy" milk and water jugs, opaque food bottles.
- #3 PVC or V (polyvinyl chloride): used in some cling wraps (especially commercial brands), some "soft" bottles.
- #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene): used in food storage bags and some "soft" bottles.
- #5 PP (polypropylene): used in rigid containers, including some baby bottles, and some cups and bowls.
- #6 PS (polystyrene): used in foam "clam-shell"-type containers, meat and bakery trays, and in its rigid form, clear take-out containers, some plastic cutlery and cups. Polystyrene may leach styrene into food it comes into contact with. A recent study in Environmental Health Perspectives concluded that some styrene compounds leaching from food containers are estrogenic (meaning they can disrupt normal hormonal functioning). Styrene is also considered a possible human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
- #7 Other (usually polycarbonate): used in 5-gallon water bottles, some baby bottles, some metal can linings. Polycarbonate can release its primary building block, bisphenol A, another suspected hormone disruptor, into liquids and foods. In 1998, the Japanese government ordered manufacturers there to recall and destroy polycarbonate tableware meant for use by children because it contained excessive amounts of bisphenol A. Other sources of potential bisphenol A exposure include food can linings and dental sealants.