Recycled BPA?

RecyclablesIn When Studies Collide; Rethinking the evidence on BPA, Newsweek’s Science Editor Sharon Begley warns us that “almost anyone with an agenda can find research to support it,” and that “not all science is created equal.”

Her piece was powerful since the pure scope of studies that come out seemingly daily – from the latest on weight loss to the impact of red wine on health – can truly make our heads spin!

Begley takes the BPA argument to task, showcasing both sides of the battle: that BPA is perfectly safe versus extremely dangerous to our health; and she reminds us that ‘whether a study is good or not depends on how it was conducted.’

But what hit me the hardest in her piece was astonishing new BPA info that we’re ingesting more BPA than even the safety agencies, like the FDA, realize:

“In addition to hard plastic and epoxy can linings, it turns out, newspaper ink and carbonless copy paper – the stuff of credit car receipts and all sorts of business and medical documents – contain high amounts of BPA. Recycled, they wind up in food containers such as pizza boxes, along with the BPA.”

Recycling? Great. Recycling BPA?…now that’s a nightmare scenario.  More reason why BPA should simply be banned so that it’s lifecycle doesn’t extend to unexpected and unmonitored arenas, like a good old fashioned delivery box of pizza.

Via:  Newsweek, June 29, 2009

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  • Linda Liao  July 22, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Hi Laura…
    This is eye wakening! Thanks for sharing! My question is…does BPA ever leave a product that it came in…for example, the newspaper….do we not recycle it and just dump it in the trash instead? But if we recycle, doesn’t whatever process it goes thru before it becomes a pizza box kill off/or eliminate the BPA? I am curious how the recycling plants work and if there are anywork done to sterilize and eliminate the BPA in the recycling of all those recycle items we though away.


  • Mo  July 30, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Laura, can you give the link for the original article by Sharon Begley, I looked for it in Newsweek archives and cannot find it, would like to reference it for class, thanks!

  • Laura  July 31, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    It was news to me too that BPA could wind up being in other recycled products…honestly, I would query the Sharon Begley, the author of the Newsweek article to get more information. The link to the article is

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