Modernity and specifically so urban living is exposing us to various health hazards that were previously unheard of. Unlike Rwanda, Kenya is yet to have regulations in place regarding the use of various forms of plastics in households. There is very little awareness among Kenyans on the effect of the many types of plastics we use and reuse in our households such as reusing soda bottles to store other fluids or heating foods in plastic containers by putting them in the microwave.
Have you ever heard of the words BPA free?
Well, until a few weeks ago when I visited the Just Plastics stand at this year’s Baby Banda Fair, I had no idea what BPA was least of all a BPA free bottle.
What is BPA?
BPA is a chemical that has been used to harden plastics for more than 40 years. It’s everywhere. It’s in medical devices, compact discs, dental sealants, water bottles, the lining of canned foods and drinks, and many other products.
In 2008, the possible health risks of Bisphenol A (BPA) — a common chemical in plastic — made headlines. Parents were alarmed, pediatricians flooded with questions, and stores quickly sold-out of BPA-free bottles and sippy cups.
Did you know that all major baby bottle brands that are sold locally are 100% BPA-free?
What are the risks of BPA on water bottles and baby bottles?
According to Medical News Today,the possible health effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on humans include;-
2. Male impotence
3. Heart disease (females)
4. Heart disease in adults
5. Sex hormones in men
6. Type 2 diabetes
7. Brain function, memory, learning
8. Women’s eggs
10. Breast cancer
BPA Free water bottles
There are currently very few BPA-free water bottles in the market. The few that are on sale in various outlets are quite pricey due to importation taxes.
So can one good quality and affordable BPA-free water bottles?
Who are Just Plastics?
Just Plastics is a plastics manufacturing company located in Magana just before Kikuyu Town. They are the first Kenyan company to produce BPA-free trendy water bottles under the ‘Just Aqua‘ brand for office , school, gym and lifestyle use.
I got five bottles( 2 sports, 2 water & 1 baby bottle) at the fair; two for our girls to carry water to school, two for myself and the mister who is an avid cyclist and one for our 8-month-old boy Mosiah. We have used the bottles for about 2 weeks now and this is my take on them
What I like
– They are quite affordable ( the banda fair discount came in handy). The water bottles go for between Ksh.150 to Ksh. 250 with the sports being the most expensive.
-They don’t easily break. When you have kids below the age of 10, many items can’t withstand the rough handling for long. The bottles are made from some good material that won’t break on being dropped or thrown around
– The locking of the bottles ensures that liquids don’t spill into the school bag, handbag or gym bag
– I am easily able to clean the bottle and the spout. This is really important to avoid the many infections kids pick up from dirt accumulating in the spout area. I have a bottle I had to stop using due to this!
– I liked the range of colours they have available especially for the kids. If you have daughters then you know that one of them is bound to demand pink in everything (yes including the water bottle). Luckily, our daughter Wanda is not as crazy about Pink as Naomi so we got her a yellow one.
– The baby bottle which is under the Lil Luxuries brand comes with nice flexible handles and an extra anti-colic tit
The bottles are currently available in the following outlets;-
- All chandarana supermarkets
- Karen provision stores
- M&E sports wear
- Ukwala/ choppies: also in kisumu
- Biashara street
- Khetias supermarket
- Society stores: naivasha, meru, thika
- Yatin and rivana in Kisumu
- Rikana on jogoo road