BPA Free Material

ARCADIA, CA - APRIL 16:  Camelback brand water bottles that are free of the controversial carbonate plastic bisphenol-a (BPA), one of the most widely used synthetic chemicals in industry, hang on display at an outdoor supply store on April 16, 2008 in Arcadia, California. National Institutes of Health?s National Toxicology Program has concluded that the estrogen-like chemical in the plastic, which is also used in many baby products, beverage and food containers, and as linings in food cans, could be harmful to the development of children's brains and reproductive organs, and Canada is reportedly about to declare health finding against BPA. Some makers of such bottles have recognized the concern, including Nalgene and Camelback, have begun producing BPA-free alternative containers.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

BPA Free Material

When products are being advertised as being “BPA free”, it gives cause to stop and consider why such an advertisement is necessary. Further inspection reveals that BPA has a very controversial history, with opinion still firmly divided regarding use of the material.

What is BPA?

BPA (known as Bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical used in the production of plastics used by the food and beverage industry. It is used primarily to avoid food contamination in containers such as bottles, sports equipment and food and drink containers. As an indication of worldwide BPA usage, 4 million tonnes of BPA were produced in 2015 to be used as part of polycarbonate plastic manufacturing.

Research has very consistently been conducted with regards to BPA since its use in plastic containers for people, due to its status as a xenoestrogen (an estrogen-mimicking compound that exhibits hormone-like properties). As a xenoestrogen, it has the potential to cause negative neurological effects, obesity and cancer, among other negative effects.

The next steps in BPA free

Although research generally indicates that the levels of BPA in food-related plastics pose no real risk to humans at the levels we ingest them, there is still significant reason to tightly regulate the use of BPA due to its negative properties.

This thinking has been affirmed by government bodies, and should be indicative of the careful attitude to BPA around the world. A good example of this is the Australian government announcing a voluntary phasing out of BPA use in polycarbonate baby bottles in 2010, with the United States’ Food and Drug Administration following suit in 2012.

BPA free Products at JM Style

JM Style believe that the move to provide BPA ranges is important for the health of consumers. It is for this reason that we are proud to stock the Goldplast range. Goldplast is an Italian producer of luxury plastic ware that is both BPA free and recyclable. Instead of cheap BPA-filled material, Goldplast utilise high tech polymers to create what the company dubs their Tritan material.

Their range of main plates, serving plates, dessert bowls, cutlery sets and designer glassware and much more available wholesale at JM Style will ensure that your next event will be both luxury-focused and BPA free.

If you’ve got any questions about BPA-free plastics, get in touch with us at JM Style today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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