The FDA says BPA is Safe; Others Choose to Play it Safe. WE at Identity-Links Readily Adapt

Promotional Watter Bottles

Camels have a lot of things humans don’t. Three sets of eyelids, sealable nostrils, reservoir humps of fatty tissue (well, some of us…). Most of all, they have a resistance to dehydration that evades the rest of us.

Daily, we should all drink half our weight, converted into ounces. I weigh 130 lbs; I should drink 65 oz. of water every single day.

We also need to drink the amount we sweat out while exercising – and please, don’t try to measure this by wringing out your exercise towel. Try this statistic:  on average, you need 1/2 to 1 cup for every 15 minutes of exercise.   Under very intense physical exertion, such as during marathons, our kidneys actually tighten up and process water a lot slower.  Therefore, you hardcore fitness buffs should drink 1-2 cups even before exercising.

Dehydration-conscious preventative drinking is crucial in scenarios outside of fitness, since we often don’t feel thirsty until after we’ve already become physically dehydrated.  Additionally, we should keep in mind to drink 2-1/2 cups for every lb. lost. Never mind feeling bloated.

What recently got in the way of our necessary hydration was three little letters- BPA, or Bisphenol-A.  Long-ReigningWater Bottle king Nalgene released a statement earlier this year calling “the risks from exposure to BPA in polycarbonate bottles…negligible and theoretical…regardless of whether the water in those bottles is hot or cold”. They recently backtracked in April 2008 and vowed to stop producing the polycarbonate bottles, which resemble glass in clarity. Their standard indestructible hard plastic glass-resembling bottle is gradually phasing out, posing a threat to nature loving hippies and college students who use the bottles for far too many different liquids that end up giving the air-tight containers a patented Nalgene funk—a combination of water mold and sometimes, in the most poorly thought out cases—beer stench. R.I.P. Nalgene funk.

What Nalgene said in their statement is basically true– the danger is tentative at best, especially when specific forms of BPA hardly even leach into water. The real danger of BPA lies for pre-natal care and those under 18 months who may have the chemical in higher concentration in their tiny little bodies- animal testing found that rats given BPA reached puberty faster and grew precancerous tumors.  The chemical is accused of being a hormone highway that messes with our natural bodily cycles.

BPA doesn’t just exist in the glass-like polycarbonate made famous by the Nalgene brand, but also exists in the epoxy resins that line some bottles, and virtually all aluminum cans. The resins not only protect us from indisputably dangerous aluminum toxicity, but keep the metal from clouding the flavor of our drinks.  That’s certainly something to keep in mind the next time you buy a can of anything. Swedish-made SIGG bottles also use this epoxy resin. Since their epoxy resin lining is water-based, they boast the same thing that aluminum can producers do–the resin keeps you from tasting metal, and their form in particular prevents fruit acid from destroying this barrier and leaving a smell. A stark contrast to the legend of Nalgene funk.

Yet an additional danger for SIGG bottles is that they cannot hold boiling water and must be hand washed because of it.  Boiling water poses a threat of eroding their protective resin, which could then potentially lead to aluminum toxicity—is all this scaring you yet? Some argue that the national freak-out over water bottles with a circle 7 on the bottom is purely reactionary.  The FDA ruled that the BPA study—involving humans, not rats–which linked the chemical to heart disease and diabetes lacked controls and was hasty to jump to that conclusion. They also say that BPA is safe in water bottles, and that it doesn’t necessarily leach into the liquids you drink.

It depends on what chances you’d like to take. If you think that BPA was just a short-lived next-generation scare like Y2K, then stick to your guns.

At Identity-Links, we provide options.  We have a variety of BPA-free plastic water bottles that easily beat Nalgene’s 10 dollar each prices. We sell promotional Sigg water bottles, which run in the higher range of 24-60 dollars a pop. However, we also sell the much cheaper option of custom printed stainless steel water bottles. (which might weigh a little more to pick up on the treadmill, but that’s a good thing, right?) Since most of us use stainless steel as our flatware, we can easily keep our mind off whether or not they’re hazardous at all. Our featured h2go logo water bottles feature the option of wrap-around stock designs– with holiday, environmental, breast cancer awareness, and tattoo themes, just to name a few– which help you visualize how your logo will appear on the product.  At about 6 dollars a pop, they won’t make your budget or eyes pop out of your head.

We also sell Thermos’ sleek, modern take on promotional stainless steel sports bottles, and a fantastic option for companies who need to have a vivid custom printed picture advertising their company logo. With dye-sublimation technique, we bring you a durable stainless steel picture water bottle with a wrap-around picture painted on the bottle that you simply can’t peel off.

When consumers demand a different way to hydrate, we’re flexible and we’re there.  If you choose not to take chances, we have options.  When one of the most high-contact items in food storage becomes a threat overnight, we get a little bit of future shock from the whole ordeal, but we’re along for the ride.

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