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8.25.2009

Bad News About SIGG Water Bottles

I am so very disappointed to share with you the news that SIGG was using BPA in their bottle liners produced prior to August 2008. I own three SIGGs myself and it turns out that two of them have the old, BPA-containing liner (copper colored liner is the old style, beige liner is the new style). Before this news, I was a huge SIGG advocate and really believed in the ethics of their production (here is what I've written previously on SIGG and alternatives). And just a few days ago I had a conversation with someone about why SIGG is the best choice despite a higher cost than other bottles.

I am not a BPA alarmist, but I do have healthy concern about it and thus have done my best to considerably reduce its presence in my home (cutting out most canned foods, switching to glass for food storage, never heating in plastic). The thing that just kills me about SIGG's deception is that they took about my ability to make a choice about BPA. On their website they have posted many reports showing their bottles don't leach, but I think that misses the point. I don't want it as an ingredient, period. Whether or not that ingredient is of concern is a decision that each family must make, not a decision that a company should makes for me (and be deceptive about it) so they can ride a cash cow.

Here is an article that will tell you more this SIGG revelation
Here is a letter from SIGG's CEO (look on the side bar for the report links I mentioned)

Below is the email I just sent to them. I will let you know how they respond.

SIGG,

I am SO disappointed to read that your bottle liners have contained BPA until the creation of the new liner. I very carefully weighed which kind of non-disposable water bottle to purchase and ultimately I picked SIGG over other brands because I believed that you had the most ethical production. I have sung your praises to my blog readers, assured naysayers that they shouldn't worry about the liner because of your assurances, and have turned many people on to your product because I have a job that puts me in front of an audience and I always have one of my SIGGs with me when on stage. I feel like I have misled my friends and family.

When I chose my SIGGs I expected I was buying a BPA-free product. Even your own CEO wrote in a letter on April 16, 2008, "SIGG bottles to have no presence of lead, phthalates, Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), Bysphenol A (BPA), Bysphenol B (BPB)...". Yet, now it is quite obvious that they do have BPA in them. Whether or not the BPA is leaching into the water is another question entirely. As a consumer, I expected I was getting a BPA-free product. I have carefully cut, at personal expense, BPA-containing products from our family's food supply and am shocked that SIGG, a company I trusted so much, is the one that has kept BPA in my home.

I expect that I will at the least receive this consideration of reimbursement/replacements for my two old-style bottles. But honestly, actually giving me the quality product I thought I'd had for over a year is only the beginning of the big job you will have earning back my trust, the trust of my blog readers and the public I interact with, and the trust of consumers at large.

Update: Sigg responded to my email the next day. If I pay for return shipping (with a label they provide for tracking) they will give me a voucher for a new Sigg bottle to replace each one I send it. Email liners@mysigg.com to get your return approval and shipping label. Be sure to keep your tops for future bottles--no need to return those.

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3 Comments:

At August 25, 2009 at 10:54 PM , Blogger Jendbp81 said...

I just sent an e-mail also. I can't believe that. I bought one of their bottles to limit my exposue to BPA while breastfeeding my daughter. I will not drink out of that bottle again.

 
At August 26, 2009 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Nikki said...

that is so upsetting! I just happened to buy one of those bottles a few days ago and it said on the outside "BPA free" but I wasn't sure what exactly that meant until now. Thanks for the info on this. Looking forward to hearing what they respond with.

 
At September 21, 2009 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Liz said...

Thank you for this post!

Whole Foods allows in-store exchanges. I went yesterday, exchanged 2 Siggs, and it was very easy.

 

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