Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Buy ‘BPA-Free’ Either

BPA (Bisphenol A) is a difficult chemical to escape — it’s in so many plastic products from water bottles and sippy cups to contact lenses and toys. Controversial studies linking BPA to health risks, particularly reproductive risks, prompted companies to go the “BPA-free” route. But new research from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) Health Sciences says not so fast: BPS (Bisphenol S), a replacement for BPA that technically makes products BPA-free, is probably not safe either.

“BPS is Not Harmless”

Performing studies on zebrafish, UCLA researchers found that BPS “speeds up embryonic development and disrupts the reproductive system” reports Science Daily. The researchers used zebrafish because of their “transparent embryos” and exposed the fish to low levels of BPA and BPS — levels that they would normally be exposed to in the wild. They observed changes in the embryos as soon as 25 hours. Overall, the egg hatching time sped up and led to premature fish births.

From these discoveries, Nancy Wayne, a reproductive endocrinologist and a professor of physiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, explains that we need to rethink BPA-free: “Exposure to low levels of BPA had a significant impact on the embryos’ development of brain cells that control reproduction, and the genes that control reproduction later in life….We saw many of these same effects with BPS found in BPA-free products. BPS is not harmless.”

The researchers suspect that overstimulated neurons could lead to early puberty and interrupt the natural reproductive system. While this study focused on zebrafish, it could speak to larger issues. Could the rise in BPA and BPA-free products explain the “rise in premature human births and early onset of puberty over the past couple of decades,” in the United States? Health Day reports that over 500,000 American babies (or 1 in 8) are born prematurely and the rate of premature births has increased 36 percent since the 1980s. Puberty is also beginning much earlier for girls and boys, some as young as six.

Despite the controversy, BPA isn’t going anywhere anytime soon: the U.S. and Europe manufactured approximately 5 million tons of products with BPA in 2015, says Science Daily. That’s why researchers like Wayne recommend swapping plastic with glass as much as possible.

Could it happen? Researchers predict we’re headed toward a world where there will bemore plastic, by weight, than fish in our oceans by 2050. Not to mention, the effects that chemicals like BPA have on our wildlife and environment are still largely unknown; a 2012 study suggests, “Due to its environmental ubiquity, organisms may be exposed to BPA chronically or during sensitive life stages,” says Science Direct. Glass and these other good alternatives just got way more attractive.

Take Action!

In more ways than one, BPS isn’t harmless. The marketing doesn’t need to change again — the laws need to change. Sign and share this petition if you want chemicals like BPA and BPS banned once and for all.

Photo Credit: Rob Sinclair

63 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Ei R.
Eileen A2 years ago

I don't drink from plastic bottles. Always carry my own water container.

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Kyle Ness
Kyle Ness2 years ago

It's been said for Years to avoid drinking from a plastic bottle. I have NEVER bought a bottle of water.

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Pablo B.
.2 years ago

tyfs

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Shirley S.
Shirley S2 years ago

Petition signed.

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Manuela C.
Manuela C2 years ago

There are no safe choices, we are all going to DIE!!!! *rolls eyes*

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Elaine Al Meqdad
Elaine Al Meqdad2 years ago

I REALLY DON'T GET TO CAUGHT UP IN ALL THIS BECAUSE BPA'S ARE EVERYWHERE, YOUR CAR, YOUR HOME, THEY ARE IN MOST ALL PRODUCTS.

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Marianne R.
Marianne R2 years ago

Petition signed.

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Lorraine Andersen

Petition signed. We need to stop polluting this planet

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Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

Make sensible choices

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