What does BPA free really mean?


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Every time you buy a plastic water bottle or something, you probably see a sticker that says "BPA free." Pretty good news right? I mean who knows? But what is BPA? And why did we need to get rid of it? And what did we replace it with? And is the problem really solved? Let's just say, don't get too attached to your water bottle.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4063249/
  2. https://cen.acs.org/materials/polymers/Chemist-convicted-of-stealing-BPA-free-can-liner-trade-secrets-for-a-Chinese-firm/99/web/2021/04
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  4. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2012/august/acs-entrepreneurs-tackle-bpa-free-plastic-food-packaging-and-advanced-diabetes-drugs-in-philadelphia.html
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  8. https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i5/Epoxy-resins-without-BPA.html
  9. https://cen.acs.org/articles/89/web/2011/09/Biobased-BPA-free-Epoxies.html
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