What is BPA?
BPA is a common chemical, it is mainly used in combination with other chemicals in the manufacture of plastics and resins. Reusable water bottles, compact discs, beverage containers, auto parts, toys and eyeglasses all may contain BPA. La La Beads teething necklaces and jewellery are certified BPA-free, which is incredibly important to us, here's why.
I've recently been reading loads about hormones - particularly what happens to a woman before, during and after pregnancy. A critical part of the human function, hormones impact physical and emotional wellbeing and can wreck havoc if out of balance. It's a topic I am passionate about, so will likely blog about it in the future. Many things that can be done to balance hormones naturally - removing BPA out of your environment is one of them.
The issue is that BPA may mimic hormones and interfere with the endocrine system of glands, which release hormones around the body. Some scientists think that if it interferes with sex hormones, this could affect puberty or the menopause or cause cancers that are related to hormones. Alongside other modern toxins, BPA is a factor in a rising numbers of human illnesses, such as breast cancer, heart disease and genital birth defects.
Whilst studies are divided on the subject, I suspect that in the next 10 years we will see a UK issued ban on BPA. Just like tobacco companies in the 50's and 60's producing 'studies' that proved that smoking was healthy - I believe that the big food manufacturers have had a hand in the science behind BPA's supposed safety. It's a product used to line tinned cans, take out food containers, baby formula tins and many other day to day products. However, the evidence against BPA is so convincing that many mainstream organisations have taken notice.
Breast Cancer UK is calling for a complete ban of BPA in the UK (check that out here). Canada has outlawed BPA in babies bottles and sippy cups entirely and in the USA, bans are being activated on a state by state basis. Children's products are in focus because of the potential disruption BPA creates during the critical developmental years.
Although the UK hasn't issued any formal bans, companies are being pressured by consumers to have transparent policies regarding BPA. Tommee Tippee, for example, has withdrawn the use of BPA on all of their feeding products.
There is a wealth of information on the internet and in the public domain, so that you can read, evaluate and make an educated choice regarding BPA for yourself and your family.
But in the meantime, La La Beads teething necklaces and jewellery are proudly BPA-free. We hope that you are able to enjoy them with your little one, worry free.