Wednesday, 24 August 2011

VUP Baby Article: What is BPA and Why Should it be Avoided?

I was sent some very interesting information by Vupbaby which they have asked me to share to get word out about the dangers of BPAs. Please have a read as even though I have heard lots about BPAs, I really hadn't realised just what harm these could do to Lexi!

"What is BPA and why should it be avoided?

Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. BPA is used to make lightweight, high-performance plastics that are tough and heat resistant. Immediately you can see the benefit to companies in choosing to use this ingredient for things such as bottles, cups, and formula cans. This chemical has the ability to mimic hormones and several studies have linked BPA to:

o weight gain

o abnormalities that can lead to breast and prostate cancer

o brain damage

o abnormal organ development

o hyperactivity.

The companies using BPA have declared their products only contain amounts considered safe but this does not address cumulative exposure from all the various products we use that contain BPA. When you consider all of the different products you may use in your home that contain this chemical the exposure level does not appear to be so safe or small. In fact the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has declared that “human BPA exposures are above the current U.S. safety limit.”

A recent U.S study by the Penn State College of Medicine found that six-month-old babies exposed before birth to high levels of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) are twice as likely to experience wheezing - a common symptom of asthma and other respiratory problems.

Elizabeth Salter-Green, director of the Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring Trust, said: ‘This new research adds further weight to the need to reduce our exposure to this chemical, particularly pregnant women. It is the foetus developing in utero that is most vulnerable to BPA exposure.’

Babies cannot tell us what they want or need, parents have to make these decisions on their behalf. More and more parents are making their feelings clear – that they will no longer expose their children to harmful chemicals when healthier options are available. VUPbaby are a leading provider of 100% PVC, BPA and Phthalate free baby and child products. Visit today to see the full range of non-toxic alternatives available to you.

About VUPbaby

VUPbaby was created out of concern about the chemicals used in everyday products for babies and the scientific studies showing the impact these have on children's health.

VUPbaby are dedicated to providing our customers with a range of carefully selected, toxic-free products from around the world. Our products are both practical and stylish. On our website you will find some ideas for gifts as well as a few Very Useful Products for mummy.

We are passionate about providing useful and practical information about our products - indicating those that are non-toxic to help you make an informed decision about your child’s health.

With us you can shop with confidence, safe in the knowledge that our baby products have been carefully vetted. We would love to hear your comments and suggestions, please visit our website; or contact us at"

I really hope this information has come in useful and been informative. I personally want to thank VUPbaby for sending me this information to share with you all as I am now much more informed and can now ensure that all my choices regarding products for Lexi can be made with the utmost of care!

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