Sigg Company Shamefully Admits Its Aluminum Sigg Bottles Contain BPA

The Sigg Company recently admitted that its aluminum bottles, long touted as an alternative to chemical leaching plastics, actually contain bisphenol-A (BPA) in their liner. The announcement has left customers around the world outraged.  Especially damning is evidence that the company knew as far back as 2006 that the bottle liners contained BPA, yet failed to disclose this fact to consumers.

Though the scientific jury is still out on the effects of BPA, states such as Minnesota and Connecticut have already banned their use in kiddie drinking cups and other bottles.  Conscientious consumers have also been leery of BPA, and many have tried to do their best to avoid it.  Unfortunately for many people, the alternative to other BPA leeching plastic bottles were the aluminum Sigg bottles they thought were safe.

The web has exploded over the past few days with blogs, tweets, and other rants from consumers who are outraged that the company sold bottles that potentially leach BPA.  I count myself among those outraged consumers.  I own three Sigg bottles, bottles that were purchased for the express reason that they were advertised as eco-friendly alternatives to plastics.

The company has announced that customers can pay the shipping costs and have their bottles exchanged for bottles with a new, supposedly BPA free liner.  What should I do, exchange for an allegedly safer bottle?  Or cut my losses, do some research and find another safer container, maybe stainless steel?  Regardless of what I decide to do, I can’t restrain the anger I have for Sigg, for not only knowingly selling products they knew to be defective, but actively marketing them to people who never would have bought them if they had all the information.

Though the company claims that there is “no danger” of the BPA leeching, I could care less now what the company claims.  If Sigg had any desire to save my business, or the business of the thousands of other customers, they would offer a full refund and a sincere apology.  Since that isn’t likely to happen, I’ll consider this a lesson learned and try to restrain my anger and increasing, but justified, skepticism of everything.

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  1. They are now offering shipping labels to send them back for replacement.

    I sent mine back (also in anger) because I figured that making them replace it at least hits them in the wallet a little. I still plan to buy a klean kanteen.

  2. This is shocking news! I’ve been using aluminum bottles as a replacement for wasteful and environmentally damaging plastic water bottles. Do you know of any other companies which line their bottles with plastic containing BPA?

    I think I’m going to switch entirely to a product called Icebox Water. The container is a wax-less cardboard carton imprinted with water based ink (no solvents). Unlike plastic bottles, the manufacturing process for these paper-based cartons requires less fossil fuel, minimizing the carbon footprint of an Icebox container. Plus, these cartons are 100% recyclable!

    You can find Icebox for sale on Amazon and some of the organic markets carry it, like Sprouts, but if you want more information go to http://www.glacia.co.uk.

    Pauline

  3. Much of the attention given to the safety of plastics recently has been focused on BPA. That’s understandable. Research has shown that BPA produces endocrine-disrupting effects, specifically estrogenic activity (EA) that is linked to a number of adverse health effects, including aggressive behavior, birth defects, and reproductive harm.

    And many consumers may believe that their BPA-free plastics are safe. But BPA is only one of hundreds of chemicals used in the manufacturing of plastics that contain EA, and removing one does not mean the plastic is really safe. In fact, PlastiPure’s scientific research has discovered that most plastic products test positive for EA, including many of the top “BPA-free” bottles. Even more surprising is that some of the tested “BPA-free” bottles had higher EA-content than standard polycarbonate plastic bottles that contain BPA.

    Plastics are an important part of everyday life, are the best ecological solution, and should continue to be used in the products on which we all depend. Plastics just need to be made safe. Removing BPA is an important first step in removing endocrine disrupters from our plastics. But a truly healthy plastic product must be free of all EA-causing chemicals. And so far, PlastiPure is the only company producing 100 percent EA-Free™ plastic products to protect the health of our families.

  4. Like others, the ONLY reason I bought the SIGG was because I thought they were a safety alternative. (A price alternative!) I use to associate the name with safety but now it will make me think of deception.

  5. Thanks for all your comments everybody. I’m glad there are others that share my anger and disappointment.

    Britt – They’re only offering to exchange for a new bottle, not give a refund. And consumers have to pay the shipping. Plus, how can I be assured the new “Eco-Care” liner is safe? They’ve conveniently omitted facts before, why wouldn’t they do it again? Time to start researching the Klean Kanteen.

  6. I’m disgusted. My daughter bought them and sold the rest of my family on using them because they were better for the environment and healthy for us and now…what is safe? I wouldn’t send mine back to the company for all the money in the world. I agree – How can you trust a company who had information that they neglected to share with their customers?????

  7. I went to WEGMANS today and they refunded me my money for all 6 of my sigg bottles. I told them I didn’t purchase them there and they said it didn’t matter bc the company was reimbursing them.

  8. I use a Koozio 18/8 food-grade stainless steel hydration bottle to reuse & it’s 100% BPA-free. It’s design offers no hidden corners & it’s odor free. Why worry about aluminum, besides the lining can eventually wear off. I got it on amazon.com. shame on SIGG !

  9. I Got a new 18/8 food-grade stainless steel 100% BPA-free hydration bottle from Koozio (amazon.com).It’s great & it has no odors, no leaks & no roll-out edges. Very eco-friendly. I didn’t want to worry about aluminum or plastic. What if they lie again ? How do we know for sure ? The tests that they base these studies on are flawed & only test at per billion. Yet all the the top scientists are testing per Trillion & these tests are coming up positive. Come on people wake up. The FDA is relying on the flawed tests as well , because their pockets are being stuffed with cash. We must lookout for ourselves & be mindful that when money is at stake, people bend the rules …

  10. Great post! This was actually the first blog I read that said SIGG new in 2006 that their products contained BPA… That’s truly disappointing. I do applaud them for redesigning their liner, though. I use a Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottle. I absolutely love it! It’s durable, versatile, and, most importantly, 100% safe and BPA free. I highly recommend you try one. I will never go back. Thanks for posting :).

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