Why Being “BPA Free” Isn’t Enough
By Ken Alston, President Consulting and Education Services
For almost 20 years now MBDC has been inventorying and assessing products, materials and chemicals down to the parts per million using a variety of human and ecological health parameters.
We do this to understand what products are made from and to enable us to assess potential effects in manufacturing, use and post-use scenarios.
Our intention is to help companies add “ecological intelligence” to their product designs.
As we educate and advise our clients we make a point of saying that being “PVC-Free”, “BPA-Free” or “Anything-Free” isn’t enough.
It may be a good start to take out something you think may not be a good material choice and you may want to let your customers know that you are taking some steps in the right direction.
But you still haven’t said what you are. Only what you’re not.
A new article in The Globe and Mail makes this point eloquently. Its title is: Why the ‘BPA-free’ label on your kid’s lunch box isn’t a safety guarantee.
We support and assess products for the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM products program administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
Tell the companies you buy from that you prefer Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM products. If manufacturers don’t hear from their customers they will never know its important to you to know what is in the products you buy and use.
if you are a product designer or manufacturer, contact MBDC. Let’s discuss how we can add tremendous value to your products when you really know what’s in your product!