Plastics have revolutionized our society but not always for the better.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you no doubt are aware of
the current backlash against plastic bottles. The main culprit is the
chemical bisphenol A, which is in polycarbonate, and which, in turn, is
used to make all sorts of things, including baby bottles and other beverage
containers. THough the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to ban
bisphenol A, many consumer groups have urged manufacturers to stop using
it, as there are indications the chemical can interfere with hormones
and human development.
In March of 2009 six companies announced they would stop selling baby bottles
that contain bisphenol A. Succumbing to pressure from consumer groups
as well as several state attorneys general, the following manufacturers
said they will not market the bottles in the United States: Playtex Products,
Gerber, Evenflo, Avent America, Disney First Years, and Dr. Brown. Consumer
groups hope this is a first step, and that other products and manufacturers follow.