Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound put in resins and some types of plastics during manufacture process since 1950s. Being consistently used in food and drink packaging, it is not aware by the public until it is found to be harmful to human bodies. Nowadays BPA is known as an endocrine-disrupting compound that acts like hormones or disrupts normal hormone functions.
Since BPA helps building shapes of plastic, many plastic manufacturing companies massively produce packaging and bottles with the addition of BPA; polycarbonate plastic resins can be used to produce transparent bottles with high strength in good shape so this was the reason why it’s used for producing baby bottles a decade ago. The trend and practice didn’t stop until safety concerns have been raised by scientists and researchers. Due to usage in high temperature like immersed in boiling water, BPA chemicals would be leaked into food/drink through packaging and causes health issues especially on children. Some serious health issues include infertility, cardiovascular problems, and insulin resistance that are correlated to type 2 diabetes. As BPA has been threatening human health, the Canadian Health Department banned BPA-adopted plastics from being used in the manufacture of all baby bottles in 2010 and then the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did similarly in 2012.
To tackle the concern about BPA and its effects, many corporations in the industry start introducing BPA-free products, as well as limiting the production of canned food where the can linings are resin-based epoxy products.
Experts suggest one can reduce BPA exposure by avoiding canned food and plastic food container especially with recycling number 3, 6 and 7. It is also suggested not to heat up polycarbonate plastic-based containers to high temperatures, like putting them in microwave oven or dishwashers which work at very high temperatures up to 200 degree Celsius.
For baby bottles, it’s always a hot topic of what alternative materials can be used to avoid BPA exposure or to replace BPA-adopted plastics, one of the suitable material but less utilized is silicone rubber.
Silicone is rubber-like material composed with silicon, oxygen and carbon. Silicone is non-reactive, stable and can stand for extreme high and low temperatures. Above all, silicone is non-toxic and safe to use, widely adopted for medical applications.Perhaps it’s owing to higher manufacturing costs of using it for feeding bottles, when compared to PC plastics, it’s seldom considered for being the material for making feeding bottles.
BORRN has been researching how to improve safety and quality of baby products for years. Equipped with an advanced technology “twin-shot injection moulding”, BORRN successfully designed and produced a silicone feeding bottle that would be of ultra-wide neck, breast-like shape, anti-colic-vent, and most importantly that could allow the content (whatever milk or water) being in contact with silicone only, without touching plastics. And unlike other brands on the market, BORRN Silicone Bottle and Teat are produced as a one-piece structure without using any adhesives, safeguarding babies from potentially toxic chemicals... being the first of its kind.
BORRN commits to continuously improve our products as we strive to fulfill our mission:
“To be a brand that stays with every family and make parenting easier”.
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