What are BPAs?

BPA stands for Bisphenol A, which is a compound commonly found in many plastic and PVC based products, including plasticized PVC (vinyl). In recent years, studies have linked BPAs with type-2 diabetes, liver abnormalities, cardiovascular disease among other diseases, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). If you're familiar with BPAs, you may have also heard of phthalates.

BPAs specifically are used in the production of epoxies and polycarbonates. Products like water bottles and large water holding tanks can provide environments that facilitate leaching of BPAs. One of the larger concerns is the use of BPAs in baby bottles. Baby bottles became an area of focus specifically due to several risk factors present in the way baby bottles are used and have been banned in several countries. 

To be at risk for the negative health conditions mentioned above, the following two conditions must exist: 

  1. Heat:

    The act of heating and cooling repeatedly increases the risk of leaching BPAs.

  2. Consistent Long-Term Exposure:

    Studies suggest that intermittent contact with BPAs doesn't allow enough BPAs to be absorbed to cause harm.

Again, without the two conditions above, BPAs are considered to be harmless. A good example of widespread usage is in the rigid PVC pipe commonly used to transport water underground. In the United States, this rigid PVC pipe transports approximately 96% of water. These pipes use BPAs, but the risk of leaching is non-existent because the two conditions above are not present.

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100% BPA Free Bathroom Products

SlipX Solutions is motivated by the growing concern related to BPAs in the home, which is why we offer select bath mats made from 100% BPA free material alternative known as TPE, or thermoplastic elastomer.