It seemed like a great way to kill two birds with one stone. Now I’m wondering if it’s killing—or at least harming—me.
Welcome to my water dilemma.
Last year, my concerns were mounting about both the evils of inherent in the privatization of water and the health risks of exposure to Bisphenol A, used to produce many common plastics. So the members of our household stopped using the Brita filter, and started toting straight-from-the-tap goodness with us wherever we went. Toting it in SIGG water bottles, which were sold as a plastic-free, all aluminum alternative to BPA-laden bottles.
Trust the Swiss their website said.
Yeah, trust the Swiss . . . to sell you out to the Nazis.
Turns out, SIGG bottles were manufactured for years with BPA liners, something the company has until recently denied. Now their story is that the liners, though loaded with harmful Bisphenol A, were never “proven to be leaching” BPA.
Yeah, well, no one has ever proven that I ate the last of those brownies, either.
Now SIGG is saying that they stopped using BPA in its liners—which ironically, are now manufactured in China, which has become synonymous in the minds of many American consumers with chemical exposure (both for Chinese workers and for U.S. consumers)—last August. But the SIGG I bought in October had the liner, at least according to the handy illustration over on Treehugger.
And in the months since, that liner has chipped away, as the handy illustration at the top of this post shows.
Wonder how much of it I drank down? Yeah, so do I.
SIGG’s response to customers like me who are outraged at being concurrently lied to AND exposed to a carcinogen? Well, if I want, I can send my SIGG bottle back to them at my own expense, and they’ll send me a new one. Which I’m sure I’ll want to wrap my lips around some time soon.
If I hadn’t broken my Jewish mother’s heart by becoming a writer instead of an attorney, I’d be filing a class action lawsuit right now. And if anyone out there hears of one, please be sure and let me know.
In the meanwhile, please drink to my health. Just make it tap water, sipped out of a nice, old-fashioned glass.