What effect is this common chemical having on our bodies?
The chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, is used to strengthen plastics and is found in just about everything from water bottles to eyeglasses. It's even on the cash in our wallets. There is now concern about what effect the chemical is having on our bodies. Research shows that it can lead to numerous health problems including cancer and diabetes.
Heidi parsont only buys sippy cups free of the chemical Bisphenol A, also known as BPA.
Heidi says "they are about $9 or $10 a bottle, which seems like an exorbitant sum. On the other hand, it is not an exorbitant sum if they are not ingesting any more chemicals."
BPA is everywhere, used to strengthen plastics in food and soda cans, eyeglasses, and water bottles. The Centers for Disease Control says 93% of us have it in our bodies. BPA mimics, and can interfere with the hormone estrogen.
Erika Schreder, Senior Scientist at the Washington Toxics Coalition, says "BPA that research was showing more and more could lead to diabetes, or obesity early puberty, cancer, a whole range of problems."
Erika Schreder says it's also in our wallets.
Erika says "money is indeed contaminated with B-P-A, likely because of the presence of BPA in receipts."
Canada, the European Union and some states have limited BPA use. The environmental protection agency lists it as a "chemical of concern", but has not restricted it.
Andy Igrejas, Director of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families says "the public basically wants safer materials."
Andy Igrejas is director of "Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families."
Andy says "I think we'll see more companies start to adopt their own chemical policies where they will be, trying to weed out the known bad chemicals and trying to find out what they can find out about the other chemicals that are out there."
The industry group "American Chemistry Council" says 'BPA has been safe for decades.' But Heidi Parsont isn't taking any chances.
Consumer Heidi Parsont says "I think consumer awareness has picked up."
Regulation of 80,000 chemicals used in the U.S.. has not been updated in 35 years.