Ahhhh,,,,,,BPA again. I thought I had rid myself of all things that contained BPA. Then I find out a couple of weeks ago that the liners of the Sigg containers, purchased before August 2008, contain BPA. It is quite frustrating because although the company is saying the product doesn’t leach BPA, it still does contain BPA. My first thought was great……I paid almost $20 for a cute container that contains BPA. My whole family has these containers. Second thought, well the boys actually liked the Klean Kanteens better so the Siggs weren’t used as much as they could have been, thank goodness. Okay, so there’s the bad news.
Here is the good news, there has been such an up roar about this issue that the CEO has addressed a letter to the public and Sigg is offering to exchange all containers with these BPA liners. They are obviously trying to regain the consumer’s trust and confidence. I applaud them for this. Although, it would have been nice to just never used the BPA liners… So if you purchased yours in or after August 2008 then you should be fine. Those of us who bought them before then please visit the link below. You have until October 31st, 2009 to return your containers in exchange for a new one with their Ecocare liner. The website and link below will answer questions about returning them and deciphering which liner you own.
You can download shipping labels from the site for returns. Unfortunately, you have to pay shipping to them since this is a voluntary program not a recall. They will contact you once they receive your bottles. You are instructed to keep your caps and tops as extras. No refunds will be given. The website says some retailers are accepting exchanges so if you still have a receipt (not me) you can try to return it to where you originally purchased it.
Those of you who have Klean Kanteens do not need to worry. They do not have liners and have never used BPA. They are made of stainless steel, not aluminum like the Sigg containers. Now that Sigg has a new liner then I think both options are a great choice for you and your family. Despite these some of these issues, remember we are heading in the right direction for a cleaner, better planet for our little ones. Stay smarty and continue to use your reusable containers……preferably BPA free.
FYI – at last check Dick's Sporting Goods is accepting Sigg returns/exchanges without receipts. The selection may not be great, but it is certainly easier (and cheaper) than shipping them back. I guess they are getting reimbursed by Sigg regardless, so they aren't fretting on whether they were bought there specifically? I'd call first, to be sure, but I was able to exchange mine 2 weeks ago with no trouble as were some other friends.
I pretty much cleaned house at the SouthPark Dick's. They only have the bigger bottles left to exchange although they tell me they expect more. I also went to the Pineville Dicks and they didn't have any small Sigg bottles left. So glad the last Smarty posted this as an option. I exchanged 10 of my 12 bottles – didn't realize I had a small fortune in BPA-leaching bottles! So glad we're safe now. GREAT post!
Hey everyone. We just tossed ours and bought from botl. They are committed to the environment and have great selection of stainless steel bottles. http://WWW.MY-BOTL.COMCheck em out, we love ours and we didn't even realize they come with two caps so you don't have to buy one or the other as an accessory.