A lot of people are concerned about Brita’s water pictures in light of the BPA issue. After all, the containers are all hard, clear plastic, so it fits the description of typical polycarbonate containers. But, never fear, the folks at The Green Guide have done the research for us and found the containers are made of styrene methylmethacrylate copolymer, a safe material that does not contain BPA.
Now, I can’t even pronounce all that, but Brita told The Green Guide they chose this material because it does not leach. The Green Guide also confirmed this claim with the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), which performs extensive material safety tests. “The NSF states that Brita pitchers have been tested for material safety while in contact with “very aggressive water” (i.e. exposure to water with low total of dissolved solids and .5 ppm of available chlorine for three successive 24-hour periods) and have found no evidence of leaching.
Rick Andrews, the technical manager of the Drinking Water Treatment Unit Certification Program at the NSF, explains that when a company is seeking NSF certification for new container/filter system, NSF requires information about the constituents of the plastic and then tests for leachates they know are associated with those ingredients. Using acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) as an example, they would look for styrene and acrylonitrile leaching into the water. We asked about styrene leaching from the methylmethacrylate copolymer, and he assured us that any polymer that includes a styrene component would be tested for styrene leaching.“
They also got a second opinion from the FDA and got the same response.
You can read the entire article here.
Brita water pitchers can be found at many retail stores and online (my favorite way to shop).
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5 thoughts on “Are Brita water pitchers BPA-free?”
Yes, the pitcher is BPA-free. And in general, Brita is a good product, and the company’s ad campaign is helping to stem the tide of disposable plastic water bottles.
That said, the Brita filters themselves are still not recyclable in North America, even though the European Brita company has been taking them back and recycling them since 1992!
Please visit the Take Back The Filter campaign (http://www.takebackthefilter.org) to sign the petition, write to Clorox, and send us your used filters. We want to help them make a good product even better!
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This article was written in 2008. Do you know if Brita pitches before that were BPA free? I have one that I bought in 2005 or so. How do I know if I should keep using it or should replace a new BPA-free one??
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