Some interesting info posted on my co-op america group: (a letter written to Sigg)
Regarding your Sigg Bottles:
> They are lined with epoxy correct? One main (essential) ingredient in
> creation of most epoxy resins is Bisphenol-A, the building block of
> polycarbonate. This epoxy was co-invented by a Swiss scientist named
> Pierre Castan,(wiki) not that that matters. I have written to you in
> past asking for the ingredients in your epoxy resin. I did so because
> loved how the bottles looked, already owned a few (trusted they were
> and wanted to carry them in my store. You never responded, so I did my
> research. Since then, your bottles have become vases in my home, still
> holding liquid, still looking pretty, but feeding cut flowers rather
> then my
> child or myself. Here's why:
> The amount of Bisphonal A required to cause harm and eventually,
> cancer in
> our bodies, specifically in our endocrine systems (hormone function)
> is too
> small for human tools to detect (parts per billion). You would have to
> conduct a study on the effects the liquids contained in your bottles
> have on
> humans who are drinking from the bottle over a course of time. Or, you
> could choose mice or rats for your subjects. You have not done this
> therefore I dismiss your statement that the lining of your bottles is
> You do not know if they are safe in the longterm- which should be a
> of yours.
> Time and time again, this claim is made by companies stating they have
> tested their products for leaching of Bisphenol A and it is
> they are trying not to have their company bottom out, but it is
> irresponsible. Dow Corning did the same thing 10 years ago when a team
> scientists at Tufts University accidentally discovered the Dow Corning
> manufactured test tubes they were using were made of Bisphenol A and
> leaching into what ever they were containing. Somehow, Dow Corning
> that information from being released for 10 YEARS. We are now only
> to hear about it and it blows me away when I think of all of the
> they make with Bisphenol-A and how much damage exposure for 10 years
> can do
> to our bodies. And exposure isn't just from direct use of Bisphenol-A,
> is very prevalent in our landfills and therefore our drinking water.
> need to stop producing it, period.
> If I have to choose between a toxin-free product made responsibly in
> or a product made with BPA in Switzerland, I'm afraid it's going to be
> China, Mr Wasic. To my knowledge, European Bisphenol A is no less
> then that in the US or China. Just because something is Swiss/European
> doesn't mean it is safe. Just because something is from China, doesn't
> it harmful. Just because something has been a tradition for 100 years
> doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.
> Since the market will demand whether Bisphenol A is used or not, it is
> up to
> retailers and consumers to stop buying goods containing this chemical.
> is a petroleum based toxin and it is not sustainable. It is
> causing cancer and it needs to be eliminated from existance.
> As for your bottles Mr Wasic, I would love to hear that your epoxy is a
> special epoxy that does not contain a harmful toxin such as Bisphenol A
> that you have conducted extensive peer-reviewed studies using relevant
> levels, subjects and tools because as I said before, your make a very
> attractive product.
> I would love to hear this Mr Wasic but you would have to write me back
> Amelia Royko Maurer