Last summer, with all the news about BPA leeching into liquids stored in various plastic water bottles, many people ditched their Nalgene bottles for the new BPA free Nalgene bottles or for another type of bottle. One popular alternative was the aluminum SIGG bottle. I admit, I bought two – one for work and one for home. This bottle did have a liner made of undisclosed materials, but all the tests indicated that no BPA leached from the bottle. The assumption on the parts of many (including many retailers) was that these liners were BPA free.
That assumption was wrong. Last week, the CEO of SIGG published a letter on their website stating that yes, SIGG bottles were lined with a material containing BPA. While the tests still show that no leaching occurs, a lot of customers, myself included, felt quite misled by this company. They are now manufacturing bottles with a BPA free liner, which is a positive, but I find myself angry with SIGG for leading customers to believe that their bottles were BPA free.
I wrote a letter of complaint, and was encouraged to send my bottles in for replacements. I have yet to decide if I’m going to do so. While the old bottles don’t seem to be leaching anything into their contents, I don’t plan to continue using my bottles. I might be overly cautious, but if it’s easy to be cautious, why not do it?
But for those of you who went out and replaced your old water bottles (or your children’s bottles) with SIGG products, I encourage you to check out their website, figure out which liner your bottle has, and if you have the old bottles, contact SIGG to inquire about replacements. Or just to let them know your dissatisfaction.