I just heard that SIGG bottles manufactured before August 2008 contain BPA and I'm pissed. A few years ago, I replaced all of our plastic drinking bottles with the aluminum SIGG bottles, which cost between $15 and $30 generally. I've even been nagging my mom to get rid of the "safer" BPA-free plastic bottles she got at REI recently because I was such a big believer in SIGG. Well, I got screwed, along with most of the people I know. Because SIGG's CEO just announced publicly that the older bottles have BPA in the epoxy liners.
I see it as a total scandal because the company had to know it was making it big on the wave of hysteria over plastics during the past few years.
In a letter on the SIGG website, CEO Steve Wasik said that the company has been working since 2006 to develop a new BPA-free liner and began manufacturing all of its bottles with a new powder-based, co-polyester coating in August 2008.
But I've been drinking daily from the epoxy-lined bottles for years and years. And since every time we turn around, we find out that something else is bad for us, I'm skeptical of any claims of safety. I'm especially steamed because I've replaced three SIGG bottles for my son Cash when they kept disappearing at school. Each time, I figured the $15 to $20 it costs for the kid-sized bottles was worth it. I wasn't about to send him to school with a bottle containing BPA. Turns out I was anyway!
SIGG officials insist the bottles don't leach the BPA and the company hasn't issued an official recall but some stores are offering trade-ins, refunds or credits. In San Francisco, Cole Hardware does a straight exchange. The process is simple. You bring in your offending SIGG bottle and choose a new one of the same size and that's it. You don't have to fill out any paperwork or even give your name. It is a relief after going through the laborious and maddening recall of the Thomas train sets.
Nationally, Whole Foods is exchanging the bottles for new ones.
If you are as steamed as I am, e-mail the CEO Steve Wasik at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know.