Remember my October 2008 article about the breast cancer-causing chemicals in bottled water? As an alternative to pre-packaged bottled water, I recommended drinking filtered water from a stainless steel Klean Kanteen. I specifically said that the more popular SIGG bottle was an iffy choice at best:
* I favor the Klean Kanteen over the more popular SIGG water bottle since SIGG's aluminum bottles are lined with an undisclosed "polymer" that is tested for currently known plastic contaminants. Since chemicals are put on the market before they are tested for human safety, and an increasing number of plastic chemicals are implicated in health problems, I prefer to stick with old-fashioned stainless steel.SIGG's web page describing its polymer strongly suggests it does not contain BPA, yet declines to say what the internal plastic liner is. (Bisphenol A is the plastic hardener that is linked with feminizing birth defects in boys, breast cancer in women, among other ill health effects.) SIGG quotes studies that reveal "no detectable BPA" in their bottle liners yet never actually states the liner is free of BPA. Tricky language, indeed! In language that strike me as untrustworthy, SIGG says:
Like Coca-Cola’s soft drink recipe, the SIGG liner formula remains secret and unavailable to third parties in order to protect our competitive advantage.Well SIGG has now been outed. CEO Steve Wasik is admitting that their "product did contain BPA, although it was never found to leach it." If you prefer to avoid BPA and its estrogenic effects, SIGG was the wrong water bottle for you all along. Too bad, 'cause the bottle designs are so cute.
According to an article on Inhabitots, "The shocking facts came to light when, one whole year after changing their liner to a new 'EcoCare' BPA-free formula, SIGG fessed up." SIGG switched to a BPA-free liner in August 2008.
BPA or not, I don't want to drink my water out of a plastic-lined bottle. The list of unsafe plastics is only going to get longer. Will SIGG get caught with their pants down again if the current liner is found to be unsafe, too?