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Just Say No to Nalgene?

The future may no longer be in plastics. Another study linked the chemical bisphenol A, used to make hard, shatter proof plastics, to precancerous tumors, urinary tract problems and early puberty. The study was performed on rats that were fed or injected with small amounts of the chemical, and although the results are preliminary the group of scientists involved in the study said that possible effects on humans "cannot be dismissed." The National Toxicology Program, who headed the study, is comprised of scientists from many formidable national agencies: the Center for Disease Control, US Food and Drug Administrations, and the US Institutes of Health. Agencies not likely to be ignored considering that this study echoes findings made late last summer by the National Institute of Health.

Bisphenol A is ubiquitous and found in Nalgene bottles, that say polycarbonate (#7 on the bottom) as well as clear plastic baby bottles. It is also used as a liner for cans. Since this questionable chemical can leach into water or food that comes in contact with the hard plastic, many Canadian retailers have pulled products, like Nalgene bottles from their shelves. Once popular only with backpackers, Nalgene bottles have found a niche as reusable water bottle for thirsty folks working on decreasing their carbon and plastic footprint. There are other options like SIGG bottles, made from aluminum; they're lightweight, durable, and cute.

So say "No" to Nalgene and other polycarbonate plastics. I've made the switch and given up my lovely orange Nalgene bottle that I have used for years. What about you? Share the details in the comments section below.

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kmwerts kmwerts 8 years
Don't be ridiculous. There's no evidence that Bisphenol A is hazardous to your health. It's very similar to estrogen . . . 'Studies' are crap. you can link anything to anything if you do the right 'study' . . .
ashleyinspain ashleyinspain 8 years
Don't throw away your Nalgenes just yet--go to their website and check which bottle you have, since not all styles contain BPA. Sigg bottles have been shown to leech BPA in small quantities, smaller than the FDA limit, but if BPA is what's worrying you, it doesn't make a lot of sense to switch to Sigg bottles. Plus, what I'd worry about, is what happens if the resin lining cracks or flakes off? Then you've got exposed aluminum. I'm sticking with my Nalgene--LDPE (#4).
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
Sounds like some overcooked paranoia to me. It's like eggs: one minute they'll kill you, the next they're the perfect protein. I'm more afraid of skin cancer and heart disease than of my water bottle...Holy Toledo.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
guidolina guidolina 8 years
I switched to a Sigg since I found that my Nalgene bottles would pick up a weird smell after about a year, no matter what I cleaned them with. I find that my Sigg is much lighter weight and keeps my water cool throughout the day. As for BPA, the Canadian Government is set to release a ban on BPA. Thats pretty serious to me. I know that research has been conducted on the safety of products made with BPA and more needs to be done. I think its better to be safe than sorry, so why not switch?
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 8 years
i have 3 nalgenes (different sizes) & a camelbak bottle right now. when it comes time to replace my nalgenes, i'll probably get a sigg for evryday use, but i love the camelbak one for the gym.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Everything causes cancer these days.
cereal_please cereal_please 8 years
Seriously? There's no way I'm going to stop using something just because ONE study somewhere says there MIGHT be a link to cancer. There really are carcinogins everywhere. It is like the artificial sweeteners debate.. I'm most likely never ending my diet coke addiction, and a few mice getting cancer isn't likely to influence me either.
Vsugar Vsugar 8 years
SIGG aluminum bottles are INDEED lined with the same cancer-causing plastics they are discussing here. The only good option is the kleen-kanteen which is unlined, stainless steel. I love mine - use it all the time.
yamagrl yamagrl 8 years
Grateful I've been using SIGG bottles for a long time.
ariel55 ariel55 8 years
I would recommend keeping calm and wait for the official review from health organization. If you read the original research paper, it doesn't appear to say the level detected in subjects are higher than safety standard. Check out the last sentence. Here's one: Bisphenol A (BPA) daily intakes in the United States: Estimates from the 2003-2004 NHANES urinary BPA data. Lakind JS, Naiman DQ. aLaKind Associates, LLC, Catonsville, Maryland, USA. Investigations into human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) have, for the most part, assessed intake based on food consumption estimates combined with measurements or estimates of BPA in foods. In this study, nationally representative data on urinary levels of BPA in the United States (US) from the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) were used to estimate daily intake of BPA, assuming steady-state excretion. Distributions of intakes for the US population were determined for (i) all NHANES participants with urinary BPA data; (ii) participants by the following age groups: 6-11 years, 12-19 years, 20-39 years, 40-59 years, and 60+ years; and (iii) participants by gender. On the basis of the NHANES urinary BPA data and the assumptions described in this paper, daily BPA intakes for male participants are statistically significantly higher than for female participants, and there are statistically significant differences in daily BPA intakes according to age groups, with the oldest group having the lowest estimated intakes. Median intake was approximately three orders of magnitude below health-based guidance values of 50 mug/kg-day.Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology advance online publication, 16 April 2008; doi:10.1038/jes.2008.20.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Nalgene makes almost ALL lab glassware; the only reason animal research labs buy it is because it's such a good product. It's not like they endorse the research or anything. I'm not abandoning my Nalgene bottle either. The only way stuff will leech out of your plastic bottle is if you put it in the dishwasher or microwave. To maintain your Nalgene bottle and keep it from leeching BPA, make sure that when you wash it, you use warm water, mild detergent and rinse it well. And don't freeze it with water in it and let it thaw because that can cause tiny cracks to form in the plastic that can weaken the plastic over time.
oilinwater oilinwater 8 years
Kleen Kanteen in Stainless Steel is the best way to go.
dd-sugar dd-sugar 8 years
My friend bugged me to get a Nalgene bottle but I never got around to it. He even used it for hot coffee (disaster when it slipped from his hands, scalding his bare leg, and breaking the glass blender!) After reading this post, I searched and found a great site today, ordering a Klean Kanteen bottle (has food grade stainless steel so OK for hot liquids) and several SIGG bottles that were on closeout price. They have a flat shipping fee for April, donate to earth causes and have safe baby stuff too ( Thanks fitsugar for getting me in gear and ready for earthday!
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 8 years
I'm not giving up my Nalgene! Everyone I know at my school has one. It's healthier than re-using water bottles (which hold bacteria after a few uses) and I tried just using a glass container, but I dropped it and it obviously shattered. I hate the aluminum ones because they're not as easy to carry around and not as easy to drink out of. So I'll stick to my Nalgene, thanks!
BriaGirl BriaGirl 8 years
I love my nalgene bottle- it went with me almost everywhere, until a coworker made me watch the Today Show segment. . .so then I just stopped bringing it to work with me- but I still think it's stupid to toss the bottles just because ONE study says you have to What about all the cars on the streets? Doesn't the exhaust do horrible things to the body? If people can live in cities with all the possible carcinogens out there, I don't think one more is really going to make that big of a difference.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
And when they find out that Kleen Kanteen causes cancer too, MandyJoBo? There's really no end to it.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
Oh, also, Opaque Nalgene bottles have no known problems.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
Yep! Nalgene also manufactures animal-testing equipment for labs, so if you're the caring kind, that's another reason to not support them. I know that it's impossible to protect ourselves from everything, but, if you are aware of a potential concern and do nothing about it, you aren't doing everything you can to stay healthy ans safe. I feel better knowing I'm doing what I can--especially when it's as easy as switching water bottles. SIGG bottles are questionable now as well. They are lined, and the lining is suspected to contain trace amounts of BPA. SIGG won't deny or confirm either way. I use Kleen Kanteen.
kia kia 8 years
I've ditched my nalgene for a SIGG for everyday use. But backpacking season is coming up and my water purifier fits well on my nalgene openings so I'll use it for water storage then. I also still have my nalgene splash guard accessories that I don't know what to do with now either.
Smilesp Smilesp 8 years
I'm not giving up my nalgene bottle yet. People freak out about these types of articles too much. Most of the things we use everyday are not 100% safe, you can't protect yourself from everything.
calliope calliope 8 years
I have a water bottle that's half metal (on the top and bottom) and the rest is plastic. I'm going to go continue to drink out of it. As everyone else said, everything gives you cancer. P.S.- There's pharmaceutical drugs in the tap water.
citygirl2 citygirl2 8 years
what about a plastic thermos??? i guess i'll switch to a SIGG bottle, but i'm still worried about the alzheimers studies...
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
is nothing safe anymore? i lost my nagleene bottle, got another one and its been sitting in my car with 1/2 cup water left inside for the past month >_<; i've been using an old arrowhead bottle which has a 1 under it, and refill from my brita. guess it's time to start looking for a 'safer' source to carry my water.
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