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Sustainability - No More BPA's or BPS's

We've introduced our range of organic spices in their new SpicePuck containers to help home-chefs to become even better chefs, while also positively impacting the environment. We are posting a series of blogs discussing the environmental impact of our products.

Today’s story is about BPA's and BPS's ….

Why did we start worrying about Bisphenol A (BPA) and made sure that our products are BPA free? Well, BPA has hormone like properties which led to restricted use in food grade products (for example, baby bottles). But, first of all, here is a bit of background about BPA, taken straight from Wikipedia:

“BPA is a starting material for the synthesis of plastics, primarily certain polycarbonates and epoxy resins, as well as some polysulfones and certain niche materials. BPA-based plastic is clear and tough, and is made into a variety of common consumer goods, such as plastic bottles including water bottles, sports equipment, CDs, and DVDs. Epoxy resins containing BPA are used to line water pipes, as coatings on the inside of many food and beverage cans and in making thermal paper such as that used in sales receipts.”

“BPA is a xenoestrogen, exhibiting estrogen-mimicking, hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in some consumer products and food containers. Since 2008, several governments have investigated its safety, which prompted some retailers to withdraw polycarbonate products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ended its authorization of the use of BPA in baby bottles and infant formula packaging, based on market abandonment, not safety. The European Union and Canada have banned BPA use in baby bottles.” - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A

So, it seemed like a good idea to reduce use of BPA and increasingly more manufacturers of food grade containers (for example, fitness water bottles) have phased out BPA. The medical and scientific communities are concerned but not convinced (yet) about the dangers of the hormonal impact of BPA exposure. But in this case, better safe than sorry.

Now, a commonly used substitute material for BPA is Bisphenol S, of course, abbreviated as BPS. While there is less data available, the same principal health concerns extend to BPS (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bpa-free-plastic-containers-may-be-just-as-hazardous/). Therefore, we figured we should go with components that do not contain either BPA or BPS or use them during the manufacturing process.

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