Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Children's Health

Font Size

Nalgene Ditching Bisphenol A

Due to Consumer Demand, Nalgene Says It Will Phase Plastic Chemical Bisphenol A Out of Its Consumer Bottles
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

April 18, 2008 -- Reusable water bottle maker Nalgene today announced that it will phase out production of its consumer bottles that contain bisphenol A.

Bisphenol A is a chemical found in polycarbonate plastic, which is used to make products including some water bottles and baby bottles, and epoxy resins, which are used to line metal products such as canned foods.

In a draft report, government scientists note "some concern" about bisphenol A's possible effects on health, based on lab tests in rodents. But that report isn't final, and the scientists aren't calling bisphenol A unsafe.

The American Chemistry Council, an industry group, says the potential human exposure to bisphenol A is "extremely small" and that bisphenol A poses no known risks to human health.

Nalgene cites consumer demand as the reason for its decision to shelve bisphenol A. It will take several months for Nalgene to phase out its "Outdoor" line of polycarbonate containers that include bisphenol A. Other Nalgene consumer products don't contain bisphenol A.

"With 10 different product lines in several different materials, we have the largest bottle offering on the market today. By eliminating containers containing BPA [bisphenol A] from our consumer product mix, our customers can have confidence that their needs are being met," Steven Silverman, general manager of the Nalgene business, says in a company news release.

Today on WebMD

child with red rash on cheeks
What’s that rash?
plate of fruit and veggies
How healthy is your child’s diet?
smiling baby
Treating diarrhea, fever and more.
Middle school band practice
Understanding your child’s changing body.

worried kid
boy on father's shoulder
Child with red rash on cheeks
girl thinking

Child with adhd
rl with friends
Syringes and graph illustration
6-Week Challenges
Want to know more?
Chill Out and Charge Up Challenge – How to help your tribe de-stress and energize.
Spark Change Challenge - Ready for a healthy change? Get some major motivation.
I have read and agreed to WebMD's Privacy Policy.
Enter cell phone number
- -
Entering your cell phone number and pressing submit indicates you agree to receive text messages from WebMD related to this challenge. WebMD is utilizing a 3rd party vendor, CellTrust, to provide the messages. You can opt out at any time.
Standard text rates apply