Our Commitment to Your Health
We know there’s a lot of concern about the safety of plastic water bottles. That’s why we want to make it clear that Polar Bottle® products DO NOT contain harmful chemicals like BPA or phthalates.
Why our Bottles are BPA and Phthalate-Free
In recent years, consumers have raised concerns about BPA—Bisphenol A—a chemical that is often found in plastic bottles and other plastic products. For more than 40 years, BPA has been used in the manufacturing of many hard plastic food containers, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles. Recently, however, BPA has been identified as an xenoestrogen. Xenoestrogens are a type of endocrine disruptor that affects hormonal messaging in the body by imitating or enhancing the effects of estrogens. This may have adverse health effects. Research and testing is ongoing.
Phthalates are compounds that are frequently added to vinyl to make it soft and flexible. They are often used in soft plastic toys and PVC products. Phthalates are toxic and, if used in a bottle, can leach from the plastic into the water.
Although research has yet to definitively prove that BPA adversely affects health, consumers have taken a “guilty until proven innocent” stance on the issue. When health is a possible concern, this seems like a prudent decision. Fortunately, Polar Bottle products are (and always have been) made from plastics that, to the fullest extent of our and current scientific knowledge, do not contain BPA or any other leaching chemicals, like Phthalates.
Our insulated bottle is made from Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE #4) and our Half Twist™ light bottle is made from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE #2). The caps on our insulated bottles are made of HDPE, and the valves are urethane. The Half Twist™ caps are made of BPA- and Phthalate-free Tritan™ plastic, fitted with a medical-grade silicone gasket.
For more information, we encourage you to read:
What’s the deal with BPA anyway?