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SIGG’s BPA Announcement – Too Little, Too Late?

sigg-bpa-freeWith his usual measured and even-handed reporting, Jeremiah at Zrecs has all of the information about how SIGG muddied the waters to benefit from concerns about BPA.  While it does seem to be the case that no BPA leaches from the old SIGG linings, they do, in fact, contain BPA:

Whether or not you are comfortable using a bottle that contains but does not leach BPA, for us the real story here is how a company using BPA that would have been absolutely sidelined by consumers seeking BPA-free alternatives managed to make itself a central player by carefully controlling information about its products, challenging consumer advocacy organizations when they made statements that were unproven but that the company knew to be true, and “coming clean” only when it suited its own purposes.

Well said.

Jeremiah added that “you can call SIGG USA to demand a replacement at liners@mysigg.com, or call them at (203)321-1220.”  I did this for the three that I personally purchased with my own money.

SIGG was one of the first companies with which I worked as a product reviewer and we were one of the first blogs to review and promote their bottles.  I have recommended them countless times on this blog and to friends and relatives, based upon SIGG’s misleading statements and responses.  While I do not doubt that Jeremiah is correct and these bottles are likely safe for use, I, too, am disappointed with the way SIGG has chosen to do business.

There are so many amazing companies making products for parents and children and so we usually try to accentuate the positive.  Given my past recommendations of SIGG, however, I feel obligated to share this new information with you.  I sincerely hope SIGG will be more transparent in the future.

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Candace is the co-editor and co-founder of Mamanista. She is an educational consultant and writer.

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17 Responses to "SIGG’s BPA Announcement – Too Little, Too Late?"

  1. Kellie says:

    I think the whole controversy is bigger than Sigg’s behavior or any particular liner. We’ve been working to replace our aluminum pans with Stainless and cast iron . . . I’d bet aluminum is an equally bad choice to hold things you are drinking. I’d even bet a Sigg (or any other aluminum bottle for that matter) with a messed up lining is worse than the Nalgene’s we threw into the recycling bin last year.

    KJ

  2. Naomi says:

    I find this so disturbing and I do think the real disgrace is that so many well-respected bloggers and small businesses took it upon themselves to evangelize SIGG, without compensations (of course!) and with nothing but good intentions. I know Mamanista and Z Recommends are both very conscientious about researching and recommending products, so this is such a breach of trust.

  3. hugko says:

    So what else is available to us?

    Glass…. uumm, Okay. What about Stainless… ?
    (Well, so far no bad News yet on stainless!)

    I use Filter Bottle comes in stainless.
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  4. Julie says:

    I used to buy Sigg bottles too, but I didn’t care for the flimsy aluminum and the “secret” liner. Turns out my suspicions were well placed.

    I switched over about a year ago to Green Bottle, I now own about a dozen for me and my family. They’re stainless steel and totally safe. Plus they have really cool designs! I think they just came out with a kids size too, which is really adorable. The site is http://www.greenbottleonline.com

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  6. Mary says:

    It doesn’t surprise me that SIGG’s bottles contain BPA. I was always skeptical of that weird looking inner coating. About a year ago a switched over to stainless and after much research decided that the best bottles are made by Pura Stainless. Both the lid and bottle are made from food service grade stainless steel which was important to me. I always wondered why people would buy a non-plastic bottle that contained a plastic lid!

    In any event, I was so happy with the Pura bottles that I joined their advocate program which allows me to pass along my 20% discount coupon.

    20% discount on Pura: swiggens

    Inn addition, I heard from a friend in the industry that Pura is announcing a really innovative line of stainless steel infant and toddler bottles. In haven’t seen them yet but I my friend said they are super cool with lots of fun colors and an ability to adapt as the child grows. I’m not sure what that means but it sounds like something my kids would like!

    Mary

  7. nrblock says:

    What do they use in city water lines? Just saying, there’s all this controversy over the bottle, but what about the supply lines that move the water?

  8. I would stay away from Sigg bottles because they are aluminum and have liners.

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