Bisphenol A or BPA is an industrial chemical used to make “polycarbonate plastic resins, epoxy resins, and other products.” Polycarbonate plastic is a lightweight, high-performance plastic that is used in things like plastic re-useable food and beverage containers (plastic re-useable water bottles) About 2.8 million tons of BPA were produced in 2002 and is one of the most extensively researched and tested materials. With minimal exposure to BPA products there is no apparent risks.
BPA, which stands for Bisphenol A, is a man-made chemical used in the production of epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastic. It was created in Germany in 1905, but was not used commercially until the development of polycarbonate, a plastic material, in 1957. Epoxy resins were developed and made available around the same time as well. Common items that contain BPA are cell phones, water bottles, eyeglasses lenses, cars, adhesives, and can coatings, among many other everyday things.
You may have recently heard about reusable water bottles containing large amounts of BPA, and health risks associated with the chemical. A safety assesment, however, concluded that BPA is non-carcinogenic, poses no known health risk, and on average, human contact is very little. Additionally, studies have been done to determine the environmental risk of BPA, and the conclusion is that “the current manufacturing and use patterns of BPA pose virtually no risk to the environment.” It is a very safe, and has become a very useful chemical to our daiy lives.
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