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How to Buy BPA-Free Water Bottles

The BPA in polycarbonate plastic has been linked to health problems and some countries have banned the products, but in most places the rule is still "buyer beware."


  • Step 1: Get rid of BPA Recycle or throw out old containers made of hard, clear plastic, because they are likely to contain BPA that can leach into your drinking water.
  • TIP: Old products containing BPA are usually labeled with plastic number 7, but being in the number 7 class doesn't necessarily mean the plastic contains BPA.
  • Step 2: Shop for BPA-free products Look for a label that says BPA-free or bisphenol-A-free on the packaging of water bottles at major retailers like Wal-Mart or an outdoor store.
  • TIP: Many products developed since 2008 have the same hard, clear plastic look but are made from a BPA-free plastic called Tritan copolyester.
  • Step 3: Try metal If you don't find a BPA-free plastic to replace your water bottle, buy a BPA-free stainless steel or aluminum sports drinking bottle instead.
  • FACT: Many common carbon-less cash register receipts are coated in a layer of BPA -- as much as 100 milligrams of the substance per receipt can potentially rub off and be absorbed.

You Will Need

  • A major retailer or outdoor store
  • BPA-free plastic or metal products

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