What is the amount of BPA found in plastic water bottles for all of your brands?
The plastic used to make all of our bottles is either PET or recycled PET (rPET). All of our bottles from 325ml to 4 litres that are made from non-recycled PET are completely BPA-free.
Our rPET bottles are made from recycled PET plastic that is carefully collected, screened and sorted as per strict regulations and internal guidelines. These practices keep other types of plastics from entering the rPET manufacturing process and minimize introduction of contaminants. Given the nature and variability of the recycling streams we have a strict qualification and testing program for rPET materials to ensure the absence of contaminants. Product testing clearly shows that only a very small fraction of our rPET materials may have trace levels of other types of plastics and that any unlikely detection of BPA from those other plastics would be at trace levels in the low parts per trillion range. In fact, our regular testing programs have shown the absence of BPA in rPET packaged finished product analysis. For these reasons, we consider our rPET bottles virtually BPA free.
Does any of the resin in plastic water bottles effect estrogen or endocrine destructors?
PET contains no known endocrine disruptors, and there is no credible scientific data to suggest that PET produces estrogen or endocrine modulating activity. Studies that exposed both male and female laboratory animals to terephthalates during all phases of the reproductive cycle found no reproductive or developmental effects in either the test animals or their offspring.
Is leaching affected by atmospheric pressure, humidity or sunlight?
We can assure you single-serve PET plastics, like those used to make our bottles, are identified by many governmental and international regulatory agencies as safe and suitable for use with foods and beverages. Through Nestle initiatives like Packaging Food Safety Program and Packaging Safety Process there are research and scientific literature reviews to organize our testing needs. Currently we have several peer-reviewed studies from scientific literature journals showing the safety of PET plastics for water packaging.
Because there is no dioxin present in PET, there is no scientific basis for rumors about PET bottles leaching dioxin and causing maladies. Additionally, temperature extremes cannot convert PET to any forms of dioxin.
Furthermore, our bottles and bottled water products show no detectable levels for contaminants of concern like phthalates, phthalate-related compounds in annual testing and product testing surveys. In addition internal quarterly testing of bottled water products includes antimony and confirms the absence of migration issues for this element in our PET packaged waters. Added to this we have Nestle packaging safety programs that ban the use of any phthalate containing materials.
Nonetheless to minimize migration of plastics for optimum water quality, we recommend consumers treat bottled water as they would any food product and store it at moderate temperatures, out of direct sunlight, and away from strong smelling cleansers and chemicals. To learn more about general container safety, see the International Bottled Water Association's statement on Container Safety by clicking here.