Six major baby bottle manufacturers agreed yesterday to stop selling plastic baby bottles that contain bisphenol A or BPA, a chemical that’s been linked to disruptions of the human endocrine system. After studies showed that babies and toddlers in the United States have the highest concentrations of BPA in their systems, many parents shifted to glass or BPA-free bottles, such as the ones pictured here, in an effort to avoid the chemical.
Now, the six largest manufacturers of baby bottles sold in this country – Playtex, Evenflo, Gerber, Avent America, Dr. Brown and Disney First Years – have pulled the chemical from their product lines. Some, including Playtex, stopped using BPA last fall.
Now, after years of advocacy efforts, the ball is rolling. Fourteen states are mulling anti-BPA legislation currently, and Canada has banned the substance in baby bottles.