BPA: alternatives and tradeoffs

Thanks to a tweet tip from Safer States, I found this cool report from consulting network Gerson Lehman Group about possible alternatives to bisphenol-A (BPA).

According to Michael Brown,president of chemical consulting firm StrategyMark, alternatives suchas acrylic, polyester, and polypropylene are worthwhile exploring in anumber of applications such as non-packaging water sports bottles, babybottles, water dispensing bottles, appliance containers (e.g. foodprocessors), etc.

Unfortunately, BPA users and converters mighthave to make tradeoffs and in some cases invest in new equipment andtooling to make the switch.

Brown said the BPA alternatives forepoxy resin in can coatings are also limited but include polyester,polyacrylate, alkyd resins and PVC organosols. Brown said none ofthese resins are exact “drop-ins” for epoxy.



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