Soon, everything was made of plastic (and it kinda still is), grocery bags, plastic straws, plastic car parts and all types of containers.
In the kitchen, plastic containers, along with re-sealable plastic bags, brought a new era of prosperity with clean, safe food that lasted longer than ever.
Still, perhaps we got excited too soon. It took the scientific community a few decades, but it soon became clear plastic wasn't as safe as we all thought. Certain chemicals in plastic leached chemicals into our food and drinks, and some of these chemicals became evidently linked with several health disorders, including cancer.
By the time the authorities realized plastic could be a health threat, especially when in contact with our food and drinks, it was too late. Every single container in every household in the world was potentially harmful, and one of the most dangerous chemicals is BPA.
Luckily, today there are plenty of BPA-free plastic products, and they're as safe as they are tasty! From safer containers to awesome unbreakable whiskey glasses, you can stay safe from BPA if you know where to look.
What is BPA, Anyway?
To tackle the complex topic of harmful plastic and it's safe alternatives, let's start from the beginning, and for that, let's visit the science corner for a second. Bear with me in this one.
As Dr. Russ Hauser, chair of the Department of Environmental Health, reported for Harvard Health,' plastic is not one thing, "There are many different types of plastics."
Polyethylene, polypropylene or polycarbonate, each type of plastic has unique properties and uses. Because we often need plastic to be durable, malleable or have a particular color, producers add additives to the plastic and these chemicals leach from the material over time. Sometimes when you heat it, and others just by being in contact with your food.
Among a dozen dangerous chemicals, the single most hazardous is Bisphenol A or BPA. This chemical is an endocrine disruptive that can interfere with our hormone production.
BPA can mess with your thyroid gland, responsible for regulating your metabolism, amongst other things. It can also cause infertility and cause extreme mood shifts.
BPA is present in canned foods, toiletries, CDs and DVDs, eyeglass lenses and many other everyday items. You'll find most BPA in polycarbonate, which has countless purposes. According to Dr. Hauser, 93% of people in the United States have traces of BPA in their urine.
Sadly, products with BPA are still not heavily regulated, so it's up to consumers to find BPA-free plastic products.
There Are BPA-Free Alternatives Out There
A few plastic producers decided to tackle the BPA problem, some with great success. An American company called Eastman developed a new plastic that changed the game for good — they developed Tritan.
As stated by the company, 'BPA-Free Tritan is engineered to be better. Better than glass. Better than stainless. Better than any other plastic'.
Without BPA, or other worrisome bisphenols like BPS, and incredibly resistant, Tritan became the new norm for premium, food-safe containers and plastic bottles.
It took another innovative company for Tritan to reach its fullest potential in the form of unbreakable wine glasses and that company is Bravario.
Tritan wine glasses are not only BPA-free, but they're also crystal clear, hard to scratch, nearly indestructible, lightweight, thin, and designed with the most delectable and fashionable shapes.
It was time for an authentic revolution for the world of wine and the plastic glassware industry both. With the arrival of unbreakable wine glasses came unbreakable Champagne flutes and other reliable glassware.
The timing was just right for the BPA-free, unbreakable glassware. A new generation of health-conscious wine drinkers found in the unique design and it's endless versatility, their wineglass of choice, challenging old traditions while respecting everything that makes wine great.
Let's Say Goodbye to BPA Forever
There's no reason why you should expose yourself to the harmful chemical. Today you can find BPA-free alternatives for most of your regular plastic products.
You should read the label carefully, though, and do your own research. Use your purchasing power to give preference for companies that care. Companies that reach out to modern materials like Tritan to offer you not only a safer product but one that exceeds your expectations in every possible way.