As an environmental health organization, the Breast Cancer Fund is committed to reducing exposure to the nasty chemicals, like phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA), in plastic food and beverage containers. So it made sense for us to scope out alternatives to plastic water bottles for the hundreds of people who participate in our outdoor challenge events.
And voila! In 2007 we found SIGG, a Swiss company with a very current product: reusable aluminum water bottles in great colors and designs. They provided bottles to our Climb Against the Odds participants in 2007 and 2008, as well as to top fundraisers in our Bike Against the Odds 2007.
In late August, SIGG admitted that its bottles were lined with a resin made with BPA until August 2008. To say we are disappointed is a woeful understatement. Sure, SIGG has a new, BPA-free resin liner -- but what is it made of? The company isn't saying.
BPA is linked to increased breast cancer risk and is tops on our list of chemicals to restrict in the interest of health. We've posted a more lengthy statement regarding SIGG's BPA use and where to go from here.