Photo: 12 ways to avoid hidden BPA

Avoid BPA's in hot beverages by using a glass French-press, stainless steel electric percolator or glass kettle. (Credit: Username via theleggett)

Bisphenol A is getting a lot of attention, with good reason. Health Canada recently reported that 95 per cent of Canadians have measurable levels of BPA in their blood or urine, with the highest levels found in children.

Potential health effects from BPA exposure include breast and prostate cancer, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a wide range of developmental problems. That's why BPA was added to Canada`s toxic substances list in 2012 and banned from baby bottles.

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But that's not enough! We need to take collective action to create a healthy, BPA-free environment.

Cut your BPA exposure now

In the meantime, reduce your exposure immediately:

1. Trade in kitchen plastic — dishes, containers and appliances — for glass, stainless steel or porcelain.

2. Choose safer plastics #2, #4 and #5#3 and #7 often contain BPA.

3. Swap out plastic wrap — Parchment paper, glass jars, beeswax cotton wraps or recycled aluminum foil are better options.

4. Keep plastic out of the freezer, microwave and dishwasher. BPA and phthalates leach from plastics at a higher rate in hot or cold temperatures.

5. Enjoy BPA-free coffee and tea at home. Use a glass French-press, stainless steel electric percolator or glass kettle to avoid piping hot water against plastic pieces.

6. Bring your own mug. Disposable paper cups are often lined with plastic — and they're wasteful!

7. Can the canned goods. Many are lined with BPA. Even "BPA-free" cans may contain BPS (another estrogen mimic) or PET film (which may contain DEHA).

8. Skip aluminum soda cans — also lined with BPA!

9. Breastfeed (or use powdered baby formula). BPA transfers through breast milk, so protecting you also protects baby. More BPA leaches into liquid than powdered formula.

10. Request "no receipt". Thermal paper (receipts, event and cinema tickets, airline tickets) contain BPA. It transfers to your fingers and, when recycled, can leach into new paper products (like toilet paper).

11. Play it safe. Wood and cloth toys are excellent, toxin-free alternatives to plastics.

12. Talk to your dentist. Dental sealants and composites can contain BPA.

BPA is readily eliminated from our bodies. So while we push for a regulatory framework that protects our health and environment, these changes will go a long ways towards reducing your exposure right away.

Tovah Paglaro, Queen of Green

May 28, 2013

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Mar 28, 2017
3:19 PM

Is VERY old Tupperware BPA free, i.e. 40 yrs old? Yes, I use a long time which is good, or bad re Tupperware.

Mar 09, 2017
10:14 AM


Why is not plastic #1 safe? I tried to look for on internet but I did get it.

Jan 06, 2016
10:46 PM

Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing. Potty Seats

Keep Posting:)

Jul 17, 2015
12:43 PM

Hey guys, there is a new (as in just today) petition started to convince Bulk Barn to reverse its backwards policy on mandatory single use plastics.

Given that you are so committed to eliminating plastics from our lives, I thought this may appeal to you.

Sign and share it around. Hopefully together we can get them to change and provide Canada wide access to plastic free food shopping!

Dec 10, 2013
7:07 PM

At the number 3 way there is Aluminum foil. I don’t use Aluminum at all. I banned the baking powder, all kitchen wares made with Aluminum, muffin cup tray, cans… When we wrap goods with Aluminum foil , the Aluminum dusts will fall on the goods…Aluminum is linked with Alzheimer , since in reach the brain it will stay there the whole life.

Aug 11, 2013
11:35 AM

Tovah, I have heard the companies are replacing the BPA with BPS, which apparently, is almost molecularly the same….. do you have any info on that?

Thanks for being awesome!


Aug 11, 2013
10:29 AM

2 questions:

1) “Can the canned” means we should do our own canning?

2) How can I talk to my dentist about BPA? Not to use the sealants? Thank you.

Jun 02, 2013
3:28 PM

What about the freezer plastic bagging system where one heat-seals the food (anything) into this very sturdy plastic bag while sucking all the air out ….the result being food not supposed to stale for months and months in the freezer….is there BPA in this plastic? How does one find out?

May 31, 2013
5:55 AM

Yikes! I have my own business and have to issue reciepts all day long. Tearing them off for customers and storing the second for my records. I also have to keep all my receipts for purchases made. Any suggestions as to how to minimize my exposure? I assume wearing surgical gloves is not recommended either?

May 30, 2013
9:52 AM

Reply to @Sluggomarie — it turns out that BPA is readily eliminated from our bodies. In as a little as three days actively avoiding contact with BPA, the level in our bodies can be measurably reduced. That’s the good news story here! If we avoid contact with BPA at an individual level (and institute policy change so that BPA isn’t so prevalent) it is possible to get this out of our system! Here’s a bit of research on the matter:

May 29, 2013
2:58 PM

Do you have a source for increased leaching in cold temps? I clicked the link but it only seemed to refer to high temps, which is all I’ve ever seen (apart from the issue that if you freeze in plastic and then reheat in the same container — rather than tipping it into a glass bowl when it starts to thaw — then obviously you’ve got issues with leaching at the high temps). I’d love to go plastic free in the freezer but with home butchering all our own meat and freezing up to several weeks of dinners at any one time I haven’t found an suitably economical alternative to plastic, and I took comfort in my understanding that the leaching would be minimal provided the food was room temp or below when it went into, and came out of, the plastic.

May 29, 2013
12:49 PM

I dropped phthalates and all foods or drinks that have touched #1,3,6, and 7 plastic. The #1PET plastic is also in tetrapaks. The #1 plastic contain antimony and that is very harmful, especially from fruit juice or sauce (ketchup, mayo etc). They are what the typical water bottle is made from. It made a startling difference to me. I swear on my life the following benefits- normalized digestion and no more hyper-irritability, dramatically reduced severe asthma and allergies(I actually socialized at a home with people that had a dog for 7 hours with my wife without ill effect). My high triglycerides and high cholesterol (usually a 5.something) went to complete normal, my skin cleared of adult acne and my liver spots dramatically reduced. I can breath through my nose! I went from a little yellow (especially in the winter) to pink. I have been sloppy with phthalates due to fumes in stores and that has increased my age spots a little and maybe increased my asthma a tiny bit. I used to used a ventolin inhaler every 2 weeks and now it’s lasting forever. Some plastics are safe but many are not. #3 pvc is horrid but #1 antimony is the worst. Go google more info and do not buy the fake safety they claim.

May 29, 2013
10:41 AM

At the beginning of your last paragraph you say, “BPA is readily eliminated from our bodies.” Don’t you mean it is NOT readily eliminated (if it is, then it isn’t that big a problem. And, of course, it isn’t).

May 28, 2013
9:42 PM

Regarding item 9 it is true that liquid formula may contain small amounts of BPA but powdered formula may contain the bacteria Enterobacter Sakazakii and Salmonella. Enerobacter Sakazakii is a heat resistant bacteria and may still be present after boiling. There have been baby deaths due to this contamination so I wouldn’t recommend using powdered formula to preterm babies, newborns, or immunocomprimised babies.

May 28, 2013
4:32 PM

Toilet seats are made of plastic. We make direct contact hourly with our bodies . Even our cars witch we spend half of our life’s in. Recently manufactured with poisonous chemicals that when the sun bakes the car and we inhale the carcinogenic byproduct .

May 28, 2013
4:17 PM

Over the past few month I have been trying to eliminate BPA items from my household, switching to glass containers, using tin foil over plastic wrap, the basic stuff but never had I thought that my coffee maker, which is crafted largely in plastic , is also a potential culprit with BPA in it. I think this weekend I’ll be getting myself a coffee press. Thanks for the information and I’ll be sharing this for certain..

May 28, 2013
2:15 PM

I am a concerned citizen from Almonte, Ontario. Many of us are upset and feeling we are fighting a lost battle against the old boys club and a single business man tha has money to come and build a weir to dam our lovely waterfalls in our Victorian town. The plan will not only ruined the beautiful falls but will destroy the wetland that is on the Mississippi River. We have written letters to the Minister of Environment as well as the Minister of Natural resources and our Premier, Kathleen Winn. You can get more information on and on is there any assistance you can give us? Thank you!!

May 28, 2013
12:24 PM

Thank you for sharing this! With your permission, I would like to share this with my patients via my fb and linked in as well. Can one’s body eliminate or dispose BPA or does it store in the body like heavy metals?

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