News About PlastiPure
March 2nd, 2011
Most BPA-Free Products Found to Leach Chemicals Having Significant Estrogenic Activity (EA)
Environmental Health Perspectives Publishes Research Finding Pervasive Leaching of Chemicals with EA from Plastic Products That Can Be Averted
October 12th, 2010
PlastiPure’s EA-Free solution recognized with NIEHS, NSF grants
Company Will Accelerate Development of EA-Free Materials and Products
(Austin, TX) – PlastiPure, a safe plastics technology company, announced today that it has received two grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety (NIEHS), a division of the NIH, and an additional grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Collectively the grants fund formulation of a replacement for polycarbonate that is free of estrogenic activity (EA-Free), creating flexible food packaging that contains no EA, and developing a verifiably EA-Free baby bottle.
“These NIEHS and NSF funds continue to validate our innovative technology and will allow us to expand our development of PlastiPure-Safe™ EA-Free materials and products,” said Mike Usey, PlastiPure CEO. “Consumers want the safest, most sustainable, and most versatile goods possible. PlastiPure’s certified EA-Free products are vastly superior to current market solutions that use BPA-free plastics, glass, or metal materials, providing families with healthy, green, and convenient solutions.”
In addition to the estrogenic chemicals BPA and phthalates, hundreds of other chemicals having EA are used in plastics manufacturing. Health issues associated with EA include birth defects, reproductive cancers, and behavioral and learning disorders.
In recent testing of 15 premium brand BPA-free baby bottles, PlastiPure findings show that all tested positive for significant levels of EA with 8 at levels comparable to BPA-containing polycarbonate. Clearly BPA-free does not mean EA-Free.
Recently, PlastiPure has successfully introduced PlastiPure-Safe™ resins (TOPAS® COC PlastiPure-Safe™ grades) and certified EA-Free products (Water Geeks and Hydrapak Purebot™ water bottles). With new product partner ReliaBrand, PlastiPure soon will be launching additional EA-Free™ products such as baby bottles, medical devices, food storage containers and multilayered bags under the Adiri, ReliaDose, ReliaWare, and ReliaWrap brands .
“Our extensive research has enabled us to identify and replace hundreds of chemicals that contain EA without significantly impacting material properties, processing methods, or tooling,” said Usey. “This allows PlastiPure to produce unique EA-Free products at competitive costs.”
PlastiPure in Agreement to Develop and License EA-Free Products
(Austin, TX) – PlastiPure, a safer-plastics technology company, has announced a partnership with ReliaBrand to license infant feeding, sports bottle, food packaging, and medical products free of harmful chemicals that cause estrogenic activity (EA). Chemicals with EA have been strongly linked to adverse health effects such as birth defects, reproductive cancers, and behavioral and learning disorders. The widely known chemicals BPA and phthalates are only a few of thousands of chemicals suspected to have EA.
Under the agreement, PlastiPure will develop, test, and certify PlastiPure-Safe™ EA-Free products for ReliaBrand release in late 2010 and 2011. This broad suite of products should retain the key benefits that originally attracted consumers to these brands, with the additional benefit of improved safety from avoiding the chemicals with EA that leach from most plastics, silicones, colorants, and other materials.
“We are pleased to partner with the innovative companies under the ReliaBrand umbrella who share our mission of providing the highest-quality, safest plastic products. The Adiri, ReliaDose, and WaterGeeks brands encompass several industries concerned about the safety of plastics, which will greatly benefit from using our PlastiPure-Safe™ EA-Free technology,” said PlastiPure CEO Mike Usey. “These and other ReliaBrand companies will be able to leverage PlastiPure’s long experience in addressing endocrine disruption caused by plastics that leach chemicals having EA.”
Increasing consumer concern over the safety of plastics has led to the introduction of BPA- and phthalate-free plastic products. However, these solutions are flawed because BPA and phthalates are only a few of thousands of estrogenic chemicals, many hundreds of which are used in plastics and many more which are unintentional side products of plastics manufacturing. These synthetic estrogenic chemicals can leach into food and beverages, and eventually into the environment.
In fact, tests of BPA-free products have indicated that the large majority released other chemicals having very high levels of EA. For example, PlastiPure’s testing of fifteen premium-brand BPA-free baby bottles found that all tested positive for EA, with eight leaching chemicals with EA measuring at or above the EA of BPA-containing polycarbonate.
PlastiPure technology can be easily implemented to make most materials and products free of leachable estrogenic chemicals. The partnership between PlastiPure and ReliaBrand is a key step to wider availability of EA-Free consumer products. “When consumers see the PlastiPure-Safe™ EA-Free certification seal on their products, they know the products are as safe as they can be,” Usey said.
May 6th, 2010
AP-Food Technology.com reports on a new study showing that BPA, one of thousands of chemicals with EA, could affect male hormone levels.
Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times writes about the chemical-cancer connection… something we at PlastiPure have been concerned with since we started our company. Our PlastiPure-Safe™ certified EA-free materials provide the only solution to the leaching of thousands of chemicals that cause health and environmental problems.