Ever since the scandalous reveal that eco-touting Nalgene was making their bottles out of toxic plastic, BPA has become a household term. Since then, we’ve all been wary of BPA in our water bottles, pacifiers, and tupperware. But a new hard-hitting investigative piece by Mother Jones suggests that our efforts may have been in vain. The article shines a spotlight on horrifying industry practices around the other potential estrogenic elements in plastics. Even in plastics that no longer contain BPA, there are still a slew of other chemicals that are linked with negative outcomes (turning male frogs female and caused obesity, rare vaginal tumors, infertility, and testicular growths among those exposed in utero just to name a few).
The most disturbing part, aside from the fact that under US law, chemicals are assumed to be safe until proven otherwise, is that one company in particular - Tritan - took advantage of the public’s newfound concern about safety after the harmful effects of BPA came to light. They marketed their plastics specifically as safe for children, while burying the evidence of estrogenic effects from their products. With tactics similar to those used by the tobacco industry, plastic companies are redefining what it means to be dodgy. And consumers are the ones who will suffer.