Phase Out Harmful BPA Alternative


Target: Calvin M. Dooley, President and CEO, American Chemical Council

Goal: Identify all commercial uses of harmful BPA alternatives and phase them out of consumer products.

A new study has found the chemical used as an alternative to Bisphenol A (BPA) to be just as harmful. Used in a variety of products from baby bottles, reusable containers, and thermal receipt paper, Bisphenol S (BPS) has been shown to have measurable effects on brain development and behavior. Urge the American Chemical Council to protect our health and the health of future generations by phasing out the use of all bisphenols from consumer merchandise.

BPA has been known to be estrogenic since the 1930s and was used as artificial estrogen to fatten poultry and cattle. The chemical has since become ubiquitous worldwide. Dozens of studies have found links between BPA and endocrine disruption, prostate cancer, infertility, asthma, heart disease, and many neurodevelopmental disorders.

Last year, scientists at the University of Calgary looking at BPA and its replacement BPS found that even very low doses caused alterations in the brain development and hyperactivity in zebrafish (often used by researchers of embryonic brain development because they share 80 percent of the genes found in humans). In 2012, the FDA banned the use of BPA in sippy cups and baby bottles, but maintained the safety of using it in the lining of canned foods and beverages. Many plastic products now promote being BPA-free and thus a safe alternative. The use of BPS, and many scientists suspect any bisphenol analogue, shows that this is simply untrue.

We must urge the American Chemical Council to concede that their relentless use of bisphenols is endangering the health of future generations. Already, over 90 percent of Americans have BPA in their urine and the switch to the equally harmful BPS is no improvement. Sign the petition below and demand that all bisphenols be phased out of use in commercial merchandise.


Dear President Cooley,

I applaud the response to BPA toxicity by searching for alternatives to use in commercial merchandise. However, the use of Bisphenol S has been found to be just as harmful. Surely you have friends, relatives, and expecting mothers using BPS-laden products who are unaware of the deleterious effects they are inflicting upon themselves.

I understand that the American Chemical Council exists to promote and expand the use of chemicals in products and might be averse to publicizing possible dangers. Nevertheless, it is with much optimism that I ask you to reverse the trend of putting mass production before safety evaluations.

I urge you to acknowledge the control you have in removing toxic products from the bodies of unwitting consumers, and consequently, the injurious power you have in authorizing their continued use. Please act ethically and call for the discontinuation of all bisphenols in consumer products.


[Your Name Here]

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