Over the past several years the public has — for good reason — becoming increasingly concerned about the presence of harmful chemicals in their plastic containers.

We understand these concerns and share them with our customers.

The most recent chemical to become the target of media attention is BPS — a hardening agent similar to BPA. In the wake of the BPA scare, many plastics manufacturers began substituting out BPA for BPS. Doing so allowed them to slap a “BPA-Free” sticker on their products, which customers assumed meant that the plastic was safe. However, BPS comes with its own host of harmful chemicals that could potentially be harmful to your health. Like BPA, BPS is a “Bisphenol” that has been associated with endocrine disruption and fertility issues.

Safety Concerns over BPS in Plastic Containers

First a little background:

“Bisphenol” (shortened form BP) is a common chemical descriptor and the letter following BP refers to one of the reactants found in the compound. Bisphenol-S or BPS, is a Bisphenol with Phenol and Sulfur trioxide as its reactants, hence the name BPS.

Phenol is a precursor to many materials and useful compounds. Sulfur trioxide in gaseous form is a significant pollutant and the primary agent in acid rain.  In a solid form it fumes in the air and is corrosive to metals and tissues.

The risk of BPA or BPS leaching into liquids is greatest when liquids get warm. This is another reason for avoiding drinking from that single use disposable bottle you left in the car on a hot day or buying non insulated bottles that do not explicitly say BPA free.

BPA-Free AND BPS-Free Water Bottles

Now for the good news:

Polar Bottle is 100% BPA free and BPS free. We use no hardening agents such as BPA and BPS in our plastics. To the best of our knowledge, which is based on the current scientific research related to plastics, no harmful chemicals will leach from our bottles — even on the hottest days. Our bottles have been tested for both BPA and BPS and our results have always come back negative.

We understand that research into this issue is ongoing and we are placing close attention. Your health is our number one concern and we want to ensure that we continue to use the safest plastics possible.

If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat about this (or anything else) please give us a call at 1-800-440-0358.