Outdoor Retailer: BPA Free

1:31 a.m. on August 9, 2008 (EDT)
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The outdoor industry has a new catchphrase: “BPA Free.” In the wake of the BPA scare that Trailspace has followed over the past year, all the major water bottle manufacturers (and all the minor ones I’ve seen) have stopped manufacturing polycarbonate bottles and switched to materials that don’t contain the chemical compound bisphenol-A. (For a primer see our article &ldquo...

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2008/08/09/bpa-free.html

12:52 p.m. on August 16, 2008 (EDT)
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What I've not seen anyone address is what do we do with all the BPA polycarbonate bottles almost everyone has (I have at least 8 to 10). Nalgene, probably the largest producer of polycarbonate bottles with BPA, could have scored a big public relations coup by offering to buy back, or give a discount to anyone wanting to replace their Nalgene bottle with one the same size that's BPA free. But, no, all Nalgene and all the other bottle makers want to do is sell us new bottles, probably at new (higher) prices.

2:30 p.m. on August 16, 2008 (EDT)
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Yes, there should be a trade in program of some kind, let them add .50 cents to the retail price and give customers a "rebate" at the register with a trade in, I don't care how it's done really.
Entirely too many of these bottles will end up in landfills.

I plan on using mine for alternative purposes as much as possible, but I have at least 20 or so. They do make good watertight containers.

10:02 a.m. on August 17, 2008 (EDT)
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They ARE recyclable in some larger areas. I am collecting as many as I can from friends/family and I will be driving them to a large recycling center when I visit the area next.

As I said in a previous post: Save the lids - they're safe (for now) and you never know when you may need a spare.

I now pack my first aid kit in one of my old bottles, and I keep one in my dry bag for extra protection for my phone, cash, meds and other important stuff.

Remember: "Refill Not Landfill" doesn't have to mean liquids.

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