Caring about the environment is patriotic.
August 28th, 2009
3/16/10 Update: I spoke with a Sigg customer service representative this morning, and evidently the company is no longer accepting returns for the older bottles with the BPA linings. Instead, Sigg is offering a 20 percent discount for customers who would like to order a new, BPA-free bottle. To take advantage of the discount, call 203.321.1220.
My suggestion? Don’t fork over any more of your hard-earned money to this company. Recycle your old Sigg (you can put it in your curbside recycling bin), and invest in a stainless steel bottle from Klean Kanteen or Earthlust.
That is if you even want to, after reading about how Sigg may have deceived its customers by offering itself as a safe alternative to plastic drinking bottles as news about BPA’s toxicity made headlines. I’ve been a longtime Sigg bottle enthusiast, so imagine my dismay when I read on The Huffington Post yesterday that the lining inside all Sigg bottles made before August 2008 contains traces of the suspected endocrine disruptor. And imagine my further distress when I went to my cabinet to check the lining of my beloved bottle using the handy “have you potentially been guzzling toxic chemicals” comparison photos on the Sigg website and discovered that yes, I potentially have, even though the bottle was given to me as a birthday present in October 2008. Great. Just great.
BPA has been in the news for some time now, after it was discovered that the chemical — which mimics the hormone estrogen — leaches from containers (polycarbonate bottles and the lining of metal food cans) into the food and beverages we consume.
Connecticut, Michigan, the city of Chicago, and several counties in New York have since banned the chemical from children’s products like baby bottles and sippy cups; Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) have introduced even broader legislation at the federal level. (The California Assembly, by the way, is voting on its statewide BPA ban next week, so if you live in CA, make sure you contact your representatives to urge them to vote yes.)
If you decide that you’re not so outraged at Sigg’s greenwashing that you want to take the company up on its offer to replace your older bottle for a new one with BPA-free lining, here’s what to do: