It may be cheap and versatile, but as many have discovered in recent years, plastic contains a host of unwanted chemical toxins. One of the most common is Bisphenol A (BPA), a known endocrine disrupter that has been linked to everything from obesity to learning disabilities. This last fact is especially important since baby bottles and toys are notorious for containing BPA.
Even so-called “BPA-free” plastics aren’t completely toxin free, so what’s a concerned parent to do? According to adult and baby bottle manufacturer Pura, the only answer is to ditch the plastic completely. The company makes a comprehensive line of stainless steel adult water bottles and baby bottles that are the only 100 percent plastic and BPA-free bottles on the market. And they’re not to hard on the eyes either.
Pura’s goal when developing its line of adult and child-appropriate bottles was to be completely toxin free, something that even other metal bottle manufacturers haven’t achieved.
“With an aerospace engineer on our staff we quickly settled on #304 stainless steel (also known as 18/8) for our bottles and caps; a composition that has long been used in the food service and medical industries and is rated as a sanitary, non-leaching material,” explain Pura’s founders. “In addition, our stainless steel is not only 100 percent recyclable, but stainless steel in general is typically comprised of approximately 60% recycled material… a stark contrast to petroleum based plastic water bottles which are clogging our landfills.”
All Pura bottles, components, and accessories are independently tested by a leading global testing lab and certified to have no detectable levels of BPA, lead, phthalates or nitrosamines. Using food-grade stainless steel means Pura bottles lack the chemical-laden liners present in some aluminum bottle brands. These protective liners are typically epoxy-based due to potential toxicity and reactive issues with raw aluminum. The presence of such a liner defeats the entire purpose of a non-plastic bottle, says Pura.
And just in case parents out there are wondering, even the nipples and sip spouts are plastic-free: Pura makes them from medical grade silicone that are guaranteed to have never come into contact with BPA or other petroleum-derived toxins.