April 25, 2008
Hello Pathfinder Folks!
In recent days, much attention has been focused on polycarbonate bottles, such as baby
formula bottles and Nalgene water bottles. The use of BPA (bisphenol-A) in these
products has been the subject of studies on possible health effects.
The studies are looking at long-term health risks of exposure. So far the health and
scientific communities are still arguing the initial research. Some are saying there could
be health risks over time. Others are saying there are no health risks. However, Health
Canada has put out a warning to consumers, and many large retailers are pulling
polycarbonate sport drinking bottles from the shelves.
What does this mean for Pathfinder and your Camper?
To keep things simple, this year Pathfinder will be buying a Nalgene hard plastic water
bottle that DOES NOT contain any BPA. This is a new product that will be out in early
June. It looks like an ideal solution, because it has all the same great features of the
polycarbonate bottles, but is made of BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester.
Parents can also look at stainless steel water bottles, or bottles made from polyethylene.
Some advice: If your Camper wants to use his current Camp Pathfinder logo bottle,
please be aware that it is a Nalgene polycarbonate, and therefore has BPA. Many people
believe these bottles are just fine. In fact, the science community is full of study results
that show BPA as o.k., and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the use of
BPA in water bottle plastics.
If you’re making your own choices this year in water bottles, you can choose a stainless
bottle, but make sure it's high quality stainless. You might pay from $17 - 21 for one.
You can choose a polyethylene bottle, or you can do what Pathfinder’s doing, and choose
a bottle made with Tritan that is BPA-free. Whatever you choose, try to get a bottle with
a wide mouth; it's easier to keep clean.
I would not recommend an aluminum bottle, since it has to be lined with plas