The ToxicNation Guide to Toxic Baby Bottles Avoiding BPA


Bisphenol A

is a hormone disruptor found in some 90-95 per cent of plastic baby

bottles in Canada. Bisphenol A is used to make polycarbonate plastics — the clear or

tinted, hard plastic used to make popular baby bottle brands and reusable water bottles,

including some Nalgene bottles, as well as the lining of some food and drink containers

and dental sealants.

Plastics containing bisphenol A are labeled with the #7 recycling symbol on the

bottom of the bottle and/or the letters “PC” near the recycling triangle.

Number 7 plastics are categorized as “other” and are include other plastics, not

just polycarbonate.

You can minimize your child’s exposure to bisphenol A by taking the following steps:

Use glass, or polypropylene bottles (#5 plastic) instead of polycarbonate (#7

plastic) bottles.

If you continue to use polycarbonate bottles, do not use harsh detergents or put

bottles in the dishwasher. These factors help to degrade the plastic and breakdown

the bonds to release bisphenol A. Instead, clean polycarbonate bottles with

warm soapy water and a sponge.

Avoid heating polycarbonate containers in the microwave; use glass or ceramic

containers instead.

Avoid using infant formula in cans that use bisphenol A as an epoxy liner. Take a

look at the

Environmental Working Group’s report on bisphenol A in infant

formula to get helpful tips. (

Cut back on canned foods and beverages to reduce your family’s exposure to

bisphenol A contamination from the inside lining of cans. Also, avoid canned

foods that are highly acidic (eg. tomato sauce) or fatty (eg. fish in oil), as

bisphenol A reacts to acids and lipids.

Sources of bisphenol A-Free Baby Bottles


Baby products manufacturer BornFree only manufactures and sells baby

bottles that are bisphenol A-, phthalate-, lead-, and PVC-free. The bottles are available

online and at local retailers.


- Makes glass bottles and its Comfort Select plastic line does not contain

bisphenol A.

Klean Kanteen

- Stainless steel interior and exterior. Comes with a sippy cup lid.


- ‘Care’ bottles are bisphenol A-free, but other products are not. Available online.


- Foogo line of sippy and straw cups. Stainless steel interior and exterior.

Green to Grow

- bottles are bisphenol A-free and phthalate-free.

Ban Bisphenol A in food and drink containers

Canada’s federal government is reviewing the safety of bisphenol A and the Ontario

government is setting up an expert panel to review toxic chemicals, including bisphenol

A. Environmental Defence believes cautionary action is necessary to help ensure the

health and well-being of future generations. We are calling for a ban on bisphenol A in

all food and beverage containers. Support our call for action by signing our online

petition to ban bisphenol A – Safer alternatives are already on the

market, manufacturers are already moving to meet the demand. It is only fair that we

ensure that all children have the best opportunity to grow up to be safe and healthy.


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