Alternative Plastic BPA Free Water Bottles Safe from Chemical?

I’ve switched to aluminum and steel water bottles over the last few years. I even stopped buying bottled water 3 years ago to reduce our exposure to the harmful chemical, BPA. I only buy water or other drinks in plastic bottles while we are traveling and keep them in a cooler so that it lessens our exposure to BPA.

However, it seems that we still run the risk of exposure to BPA even with alternatives to plastic water bottles. This is an excerpt from Physorg, where you can read the article in its entirety.

Prompted by requests and concern from consumers, University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers wanted to see if these alternatives–including products made with stainless steel and coated aluminum–were truly giving the consumer an option free of BPA.

In a study reported in the July 8, 2011 advance online edition of the journal , Scott Belcher, PhD, associate professor in the pharmacology and cell biophysics department, and colleagues found that stainless steel- and/or co-polyester lined-aluminum did not release BPA; however, aluminum bottles lined with epoxy-based resins still resulted in BPA contamination of liquids.

“BPA is an ever-present, high-volume industrial chemical that is an estrogen and an environmental endocrine disrupting chemical,” explains Belcher, adding that it has been shown in experimental models to negatively impact the heart and and enhance the growth of certain tumors.

“It is used extensively in the production of consumer goods, polycarbonate plastics, in that are used to coat metallic food and beverage cans and in other products,” he continues. “There is great concern regarding the possible harmful effects from exposures that result from BPA leaching into foods and beverages from packaging or storage containers.

Frugal Living: Creating a Coupon Organizer

Save money, live with less, create your own coupon binder. Frugal living tips from Just About Greener Living.

It’s time you organized your coupons so you can find them when you need them and you won’t have to worry about reaching for a coupon that has expired. You have options!

There are a few places online you can buy a coupon binder, labels, instructions, etc such as MomSaves.com, which is where my coupon binder system came from (as a gift too). However, you can create your own or use different methods.

Here are a few suggested ideas and places that are also economical (and you might be able to use a coupon too!)

Organize coupons with a coupon binder sysetem like this one.

Zippered Binder – Order an entire binder system that includes your choice of binder color (I chose hot pink/fuchsia), pre-printed labels, custom coupon inserts (several of each style to fit all sizes of coupons, & I can’t find these anywhere else), templates for coupon dividers, welcome kit & instructions, 10 file dividers and a coupon to purchase additional coupon inserts.

You can also buy your own zippered (or nonzippered) binder, they are on sale now at several locations as well as other school supplies; tabbed file dividers (ensure these fit inside your binder first) – you’ll need at least 20 of these so buy them in packages of 8 or 10 & labels are included too; baseball card inserts for 3 ring binders, school size scissors (for cutting coupons), permanent marker/marker, pen and zippered 3 ring pencil holder.

Reclosable index card holder/recipe box – Not as convenient as a coupon binder, but if you need something small & efficient this will do! Use larger index cards to separate & label the various types of coupons you have, organize coupons in alphabetical or store aisle order, and file coupons within their category according to expiration date. Be sure to purge coupons every Sunday/Monday before you insert new ones.

Coupon organization systems online

CouponMountain.com – check out this blog for ideas and how to organize too.

MomSaves.com – I think the original place to buy those All-in-One coupon binder system.

PennyPinchingDiva.com – Found this while looking for a coupon binder picture. Fabulous site for coupon tips and coupons. Check it out!