Detroit Free Press Interview

Our President, Ron Vigdor, is featured in the Detroit Free Press! The article is entitled “5 Questions about BPA with Ron Vigdor.”

5 questions with Ron Vigdor, president of manufacturer BornFree

By Laurel Droz

Q: What is BPA?

A: It’s a polymer. In the early 1900s, it was actually used as an estrogen mimicker … and in the 1950s it was found that BPA could actually be used in plastic. The problem is that the estrogenic effects can be released (under normal conditions and especially when combined with acidic foods, heat or vacuum packing).

Q: Should parents be concerned?

A: There are several studies out there … some of which are probably more concerning than others. Some of the concerns that have been raised by different studies and linked to BPA as an endocrine disrupter, are linked to infant brain development, early puberty, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and different types of cancers.

Q: What types of items contain BPA?

A: The most commonly used product is polycarbonate plastic, but BPA is found even in dental seals or fillings. It’s found readily all over the place — baby bottles, water jugs such as those in office and homes, medical equipment, dental devices, CDs/DVDs, the lining of many food and canned containers, etc.

Q: Why is BPA used?

A: BPA, or at least polycarbonate plastic, is an inexpensive plastic to create. … It’s a very easy polymer to work with. There are advantages to polycarbonate plastic, but it really needs to be used when it won’t be ingested. I’m not saying all polycarbonate plastic is bad, it’s just bad when it’s ingested.

Q: Why was the decision made to be BPA-free at BornFree?

A: We decided to go that way because everybody else was making products out of polycarbonate plastic or products that weren’t as strong, or, in our opinion, as safe. It gives you more of a fulfillment to know that you really are doing good for others and to be able to give a safe alternative.

BornFree BPA bottles can be purchased HERE

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