By now, you may have heard that SIGG has finally admitted that their bottles are not as “health-friendly” as was previously touted. The company recently dropped the bomb that bottles manufactured prior to August 2008 do in fact have liners containing bisphenol A — a chemical that may adversely affect human health. While the science is still out, the consensus is strong that you just shouldn’t bother risking it.
Simran Sethi wrote a great article for the Huffington Post yesterday decrying the company’s lack of transparency on the BPA-issue; saying that it breaks her heart to know she was duped. Sethi has appeared on Oprah, Martha Stewart, and other major television programs extolling the virtues of SIGG. “Had I known better, I would have used–and promoted–BPA-free alternatives from the onset,” she writes. “Steve Wasik (CEO of SIGG) tells me he still uses the old bottles with the BPA liner for himself and his family. I intend on following in the steps of fellow Huff Post blogger Nena Baker and reconsider a swig from my SIGG.”
The bottom line is this: If you do have a SIGG bottle manufactured before August 2008 and you’re concerned about BPA, bring the bottle back to any major retailer and they should exchange it for a new, BPA-free model. SIGG isn’t revealing this information on their website — instead asking you to pay to return the bottle to them for an exchange — but in her talk with the CEO, Simran discovered as much and confirmed it at several Whole Foods stores.
Let us know if take this route but it doesn’t work out. We’re curious to see what retailers are truly on board with the free returns.