Nalgene insists there’s no evidence that it’s dangerous, but it’s pulling all BSP bottles because of customer requests (such as, “I request you stop selling bottles that cause my 6-year-old daughter to grow pubic hair”). The furor over BSP is mainly over evidence that it causes strange things to happen in lab rats … the chemicals industry insists humans are in the clear (despite our many ratlike qualities), but the industry kinda/sorta has a vested interest in believing that.
I rounded up some links to help y’all make up your minds:
- This New York Times article explains the basics.
- Actual scientists may appreciate this Wikipedia entry on BSP.
- The Bisphenol Free Portal includes an ABC News report from last year that offers a quickie intro.
- This Salon.com post mentions the chemicals industry fact-blurring tactics and an intriguing parallel between the rise of BSP and the “obesity epidemic.”
- Justin of My Outdoor Adventures mentions possible metal-bottle alternatives.
- The Green Guide offers an informative overview of how BSP bottles degrade over time.
- Richard Lyon at Backpackgeartest.org likes SIGG aluminum bottles, mainly because they don’t change the flavor of his favorite drinks.
- Many users at rei.com think Klean Kanteens are better than SIGGs, though some complain of a metallic taste.
One thing I noticed about some plastic bottles I use regularly: I filled them with a Gatorade-clone sports drink, and I still taste vague hints of that drink in my water months later. Other bottles have imparted a taste that has made me wonder how much of the plastics are getting into my water.
I’ll definitely be looking into the metal alternatives. Your thoughts are welcome.