The New “Bad” Word – Polycarbonate
Polycarbonate is made from bisphenol A or BPA and is identified by the recycling No. 7 on the botton of most plastic bottles and other containers. It is found in water bottles, plastic knives, forks, spoons, baby bottles, food storage containers, and in the epoxy resins that line the insides of beverage and food cans. The buzz surrounding polycarbonate has been very confusing. Some studies have shown that this chemical may be harmful but to whom and how and by how much has not been clearly defined. Called a endocrine-disrupting chemical, BPA is linked to a host of health problems and although the findings are still not conclusive, the recommendation is to avoid the use of products made with BPA.