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FLSK – the BPA-free water bottle.
The chemical BPA and its effects on our health are a hot topic. Especially when it comes to water bottles, many people ask themselves: What is this thing I drink from every day actually made of? Unfortunately, many water bottle manufacturers remain quite secretive. We at FLSK think that you have a right to know the facts. This is why we have carefully researched and compiled current findings on the feared contaminant.
One thing first: You can be sure that our water bottles are absolutely BPA-free. We have consciously decided to use high-quality stainless steel, which does not emit harmful substances. The FLSK therefore does not present health risks and is harmless for you and your children. Isn’t that good news?
Bisphenol A – BPA for short – is a chemical used to produce plastic and plasticiser. We encounter things that contain BPA on a daily basis. For example, it can be found on the interior coating of tins, in plastic bottles, and in many food containers. BPA is so widespread that it would require quite an effort to completely avoid it.
But why is the chemical so alarming? A chapter from the substance’s history provides an answer: In the 20th century, British chemists were researching an oestrogen substitute, the acquisition of which was very costly. They found bisphenol A. However, in the end, it was not used as medication but instead found its way into the industry, where it is still produced in masses today.
Around the globe, nearly four million tons of bisphenol A are produced annually. Germany alone produces more than 800,000 tons a year. The economic significance of BPA is tremendous, since bisphenol A can easily be further processed into other materials such as polycarbonate. In this form, it is especially popular for the production of motorcycle helmets, mobile and computer casings, coffee machines, eyeglass lenses, car parts, tableware, cutlery, CDs, adhesives, drink and food cans, thermal paper such as receipts, rubber products, nail polish, floor covering, water bottles, and much more. BPA is ubiquitous.
The pollutant especially enters our bodies through everyday foods. Whether cheese, meat, or canned fruit – packaging transfers BPA to the food. The same applies to drinks. BPA is used particularly frequently for the production of water bottles. These are usually products made of polycarbonate or bottles with a covering containing BPA, for example aluminium. Frequently, water bottles for children are made with this plastic. At least polycarbonate is now forbidden for the production of baby bottles in the EU, but BPA is still permitted in baby food packaging or containers.
Numerous health organisations recommend buying BPA-free products. Which is not actually that easy, since no uniform labelling exists so far. Finding out where exactly BPA was processed with recycling numbers or printed codes is therefore hardly possible.
The contaminant also flows into bodies of water via the waste water from factories that process the substance. Although it does decompose or is partly reduced in sewage treatment plants, some residue remains. The concentration of the chemical in water could potentially present a considerable impairment to the development and reproduction of birds, frogs, fish, and water organisms, including consequences for the entire ecosystem.
What effect does BPA have on my body?
An alarming aspect is that traces of the pollutant can be found in nearly every single person’s body nowadays. Even a small amount of BPA can influence our sensitive hormonal system. And this has consequences: The substance can cause damage to one’s health, for example reduced sperm production in men, a disrupted oestrogen balance in women, diabetes, as well as breast and prostate cancer.
The effects of bisphenol A are particularly harmful to infants and children. The earlier the exposure occurs, the more fatal the damage, since embryos can only break down the substance slowly. Children can suffer from developmental disorders affecting the brain and other organs. Disrupting brain development at an early stage can also affect behaviour and learning ability. Since the toxic substance is passed on from the mother to the embryo, you should particularly make sure to use BPA-free water bottles and other products without BPA during pregnancy.
What can I do about BPA?
Studies frequently claim that BPA’s effect on the human body or the environment has not yet been sufficiently researched and is disputed – but what exactly this means is still unclear: Studies on the substance’s harmfulness are often carried out or funded by the industry. They conclude that the average amount of bisphenol A taken in is not enough to be harmful to health. However, numerous studies carried out independently of economic dimensions contradict this. They all warn of acute danger.
What is certain: The use of BPA has consequences that we cannot completely gauge at the moment. The topic has now also reached large parts of society. For example, in Canada and the USA, political measures have been taken to reduce the risk of damage. In the EU, it has been forbidden to produce baby bottles containing BPA since 2011. But this is a law that cannot provide complete protection from BPA.
It remains up to you to inform yourself and avoid purchasing certain products. With plastic, it is difficult to exclude the use of BPA. But in many cases, sensible alternatives can be found, e.g. glass jars instead of tins. Or the FLSK instead of common plastic bottles. Conscious and well-informed consumption is an option for everyone to make a statement against BPA.
BPA-free water bottles.
BPA is harmful to you, your family, and the environment, that much is clear. But what are the alternatives? Several materials are available on the market for producing BPA-free water bottles. You can find an overview of these materials here.
This much can be said: The food-safe type 304 stainless steel is particularly hygienic and germ-resistant. Bottles made with this material feature improved durability, uncomplicated handling, and light weight. They do not require an interior coating, because stainless steel is acid-resistant, taste-neutral, and odourless. The material is also break-proof and does not contain harmful substances.
FLSK – high-quality stainless steel against BPA.
You know the FLSK as a chic and functional insulating bottle. But did you also know that you are basically preserving your health with it? The FLSK consists of 100% high-quality 304 stainless steel, which is entirely BPA-free. This is especially important for thermos flasks, because the contaminant dissolves very quickly in hot liquids. Additionally, a water bottle containing BPA emits even more of the chemical into the liquid the longer the two are in contact.
With the FLSK, you can avoid unconsciously taking in bisphenol A through your morning coffee on the way to work or the refreshing lemonade after playing sports. Furthermore, you can give your child the FLSK to take to school or kindergarten without concern. No matter what drink, which temperature, or for how long – the BPA-free water bottle FLSK does not pass harmful substances on to the drink. Make a statement against BPA and for your health with the FLSK.
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