SIGG bottles contain BPA

New lab tests show that the aluminum water bottles many people have been using over the past couple years may NOT be free of the chemical BPA (Bisphenol A) after all. That’s the report from Snewsnet.com, an online trade publication that writes in an article that until quite recently the lining of all aluminum bottles contained BPA. Even today, after SIGG and others have introduced new BPA-free linings, it appears that many aluminum bottles still are coated with epoxy linings that contain BPA, the website reports.

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SIGG bottles contained the controversial chemical BPA (Bisphenol-A) until last year, a new study reports

This is bad news, and it honestly makes me mad. SIGG CEO Steve Wasik now admits that bottles made by his company prior to August, 2008 were lined with an epoxy that contained BPA, a chemical now facing bans around the world because scientists have recognized it as an endocrine disruptor that mimics the female hormone estrogen. It could have an effect on people at a concentration of a few parts per billion, some tests show.

Tree Hugger has a great post here about feeling misled by SIGG and other metal water bottle companies. I wrote on the subject, too, as far back as 2005, and I pretty much gave a thumbs up to metal bottles over the polycarbonate alternative. I feel like I was misled as well. It was indeed a SIGG public relations team that prompted me to write my original anti-BPA story, with its competitor Nalgene as the scapegoat. Nalgene bottles did contain BPA. I had no idea SIGG bottles at the time did, too. (The P.R. team was suggesting that the SIGG bottles did not.)

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Polycarbonate Nalgene bottles, now discontinued, contain BPA

SNEWS sums it up: “When concern over BPA in polycarbonate bottles reached a feverish pitch in late 2007 and early 2008, those selling aluminum bottles, including SIGG and Laken, benefited greatly as retailers and consumers scrambled for water-carrying alternatives. SIGG reported at one point it could hardly keep up with consumer demand. Consumers, retailers and most mainstream media assumed incorrectly aluminum bottles were BPA-free.”

SIGG’s Wasik, obviously under the gun this week, has suggested consumers can contact him directly with questions (steve.wasik.ceo@sigg.com).

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  • Posted by Irwin - 08/21/2009 11:39 AM

    The real issue with Sigg, as always, is what they don’t say/disclose.

    Today, they are not saying that when the liners in aluminum bottles do get damaged and fail, people are exposing drinks to aluminum. They have inspection instructions in their FAQs, but what this means is that their products are not truly durable goods, and there is a safety issue much more significant that the trace amounts of BPA in old Nalgene bottles. They should be taken to task for creating a drinking container out of a toxic metal.

    The reason they do this is obvious, aluminum is cheap and production is automated. That does not make it a good idea. Stainless and glass are the only safe options I know of. It seems like Sigg is not hell-bent on slamming Chinese-produced bottles and Stainless (even though Sigg makes stainless bottles in China). I suppose he’ll go after glass bottles next.

    I sure hope he’s not drinking wine, beer, or milk . . . all made in stainless, not lined aluminum.

    IR

    Posted by Stephanie - 08/21/2009 12:28 PM

    My naturopath would never use the Sigg she was given. That’s why we started selling glass ones, Sesen is still a garage office co, but its growing every month as more people find us.

    Posted by kayden - 08/22/2009 11:39 AM

    For some reason when I finally stopped drinking out of plastic, I was never attracted to the SIGG bottles. Maybe it was an intuitive thing. I did not like drinking out of stainless steel either. So I started drinking out of glass, but when I discovered the Cobalt Blue Glass Bottles, I decided to make them for others to have their own really beautiful and intentional glass water bottle. You can see them at http://symblueology.com Check them out, you will LOVE the feel of this thick durable glass and how your water tastes in glass, especially if you drink Alkaline Ionized Water http://h2o4ourhealth.com We are a small company too, growing daily. Good tidings to all of us beautiful glass bottle providers, let’s help kick the plastic and BPA habit!!

    Posted by rick - 08/22/2009 03:03 PM

    glass is great when practical, otherwise i have been very happy with my klean kanteens made of stainless steel. enough of the greenwashing and so called “bpa free” plastics!

    Posted by Rachel - 08/22/2009 08:05 PM

    We are a former retailer of SIGG bottles. We stopped carrying them in the fall of 2008 after our confidence in their BPA free claims and business practices disintegrated.

    We now carry a wide variety of stainless steel bottles. We are offering a SIGG replacement program including a 40% discount for customers who return a SIGG to us. All the details are on our blog: http://bayinghound.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/sigg-bottle-return-offer/

    Posted by Jess - 08/24/2009 02:45 PM

    Looking for a replacement stainless steel bottle? Check out the Green Bottle! Every Green bottle is made of 18/8 food-grade stainless steel and is completely BPA free!
    Visit www.greenbottleonline.com and put in the code GB3 to receive $3 off every bottle on your order!

    Posted by Eileen - 08/27/2009 07:10 PM

    I feel so duped. I spent a fortune buying Sigg bottles for all my friends and co-workers, assuring them of the safety of these bottles. Hordes of people got them from me as Christmas presents, and I started a large collection of personal bottles to express my various interests and moods. From now on I will stick with my Guyot stainless steel bottles, which are stronger, need no lining, and even without graphics are pretty cool looking.

    Posted by Steve - 08/31/2009 05:02 PM

    I’m no schill for the plastics industry, but it’s worth remembering how many other consumer products contain BPA and why it’s there in the first place. Most food cans are still lined with some sort of epoxy or lining that contains BPA. The idea was to limit the leaching of metals from the can or solder by the acidic food stuff. I’d rather eat a minute bit of BPA than lead. The amount of BPA from any water bottle is far less than from other sources. I’m not surprised to read this, nor am I surprised to hear that one competitor pushed this story as a marketing ploy. Sure BPA is not good, but neither is it the next Love Canal.

    Posted by Ben - 08/31/2009 06:31 PM

    I’ve never gotten rid of my 15 year-old Nalgene bottles. How much more BPA can there be in the bottles anway?!

    Posted by Marlana - 09/01/2009 09:07 AM

    This isn’t news. Back in late 2007 when BPA was starting to get looked at, there were a few articles that mentioned that some metal bottles had liners that also contained BPA. It stated to just research each bottle to see if it had a liner (bad) or nothing (good).

    Posted by Steve - 09/01/2009 09:17 AM

    Actually Ben, the old Nalgenes are essentially made of BPA. It’s the monomer backbone that makes up the polycarbonate plastic. So you can’t ever leach it all out. Tests did show that hot water leached out much more BPA so the old hot water bottle in the sleeping bag overnight would be dosing you with a pretty good shot of BPA. My opinion is that I avoid it where I can but I’m not going to extremes. Look at the water cooler at your work. It’s polycarbonate, made with BPA so putting in in a stainless steel container really doesn’t accomplish much.

    Posted by Roxanne Browning - 09/01/2009 10:46 AM

    I like many others made the switch from plastic to metal water bottles for health issues brought on by BPA’s and I feel better that I’m not polluting the environment. Sigg is doing some damage control now since they have been under fire for not being transparent. Check out this Advertising Age article for the latest: http://adage.com/article?article_id=138712

    Posted by Stephen Regenold - 09/08/2009 01:18 PM

    Ouch. . .

    Patagonia ends marketing and sales relationship with SIGG after BPA news: “Patagonia has informed SNEWS that it has ended its co-branding and co-marketing relationship with SIGG as a direct result of the news first published by SNEWS on Aug. 19 that SIGG knew its bottles were lined with an epoxy coating that contained BPA prior to August 2008.”

    Posted by Dax Kelm - 09/08/2009 02:22 PM

    Stainless bottles have issues also. NY Times wrote and article a few months back talking about the impact stainless has on the environment. There’s pros and cons to anything manufactured. Link Below. If you are looking for a plastic water bottle…check out the Purebot. EA and BPA Free. EA will be the next topic for plastics: http://www.pure-bot.com

    NY Times Article

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/04/19/opinion/20090419bottle.html

    Posted by ROO - 10/08/2009 11:35 PM

    Which SIGG bottle that do not contain BPA? Could you share the links here? I’ve got the sport one, black, red cap. does it contain one? Thanks.

    Posted by EVE - 11/20/2009 01:29 PM

    I just wanted to also add, on top of the concerns about the SIGG lining, that the customer service for SIGG is absolutely terrible. I’ve sent in my old SIGG bottle for a replacement during the recall period, and after two months of waiting, nothing. No email or phone call from a customer representative, and certainly no bottle. I’ve tried contacting them several times since, to no avail. At this point, I may never know if the new lining is indeed better or not — if I don’t get a replacement bottle, I’m never buying or using SIGG again.

    Posted by Phigmeta - 02/19/2012 08:24 PM

    You people have got to be kidding me, you are still on this BPA kick?

    Let me remind you that BPA has been around for a long time and none of us have had any real “effects”…

    Do you remember the DEET scare?
    How about the lead contaminated eagles?
    Or maybe the massive global cooling?
    OH and second hand smoke is gonna kill ya?
    And arn’t we all suppose to be dead from the ozone layer by now?

    Ya know what most of us die from? Oxydization of our cellular stucture.

    Guess the only solution is to breath oxygen free air… you guy try it first and let me know how it taste

    Posted by Chippu yo Piccu - 12/30/2012 03:50 PM

    Phigmeta – or Pigmeta? your kind of mentality is the reason why humanity is being hindered by real progress. Whats the point of your ramblings? Where ozone is thin, UV is high and so correlance for malignant melanoma FOR EXAMPLE. Second hand smoke has been proven over and over again to hinder development in children, give different diseases later in life and worst case CANCER … I wonder tho, except for this apparent BS, why you oppose progression? What is it that differs us from monkeys otherwise? Or pigs in this case..

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