A lawsuit is currently under exploration.
The Gaiam company had, as recently as this past spring marketed their reusable aluminum water bottles as 'BPA-free'—this according to a screen shot of the Spring, 2009 product catalogue provided by the web site Z Recommends. "Our BPA-free aluminum water bottle keeps your water clear and fresh, while keeping disposable water bottles out of landfills."
However the reference to BPA-free was gone from the fall, 2009 catalogue.
The company continues to promote its reusable metallic water bottles as a safer alternative to plastic. "Our aluminum and stainless steel water bottles also offer an alternative if you're concerned about exposure to Bisphenol-A (BPA). Single-use plastic water bottles and reusable plastic bottles made of certain types of hard polycarbonate plastic have been shown to leach toxins including BPA into the water inside the bottle under normal use and care conditions.
The description, under the 'Product Story' pull down on the page featuring the Gaiam Bronze Medallion Aluminum Water Bottle, states that "stainless steel is the best alternative to plastic," suggesting that stainless steel does not require a liner, whereas an aluminum bottle does to prevent metallic elements from leaching into the water.
Gaiam states, "no detectable levels of BPA were found in the gasket, the cap or the coating material in testing under normal use and care conditions."
Gaiam Water Bottle BPA Controversy
However, Gaiam admits that a trace amount of BPA was found when the bottle was further stressed.
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Critics take exception to the fact that Gaiam marketed their aluminum bottle as 'BPA-free' when in fact they were not, given the foregoing.
The Gaiam BPA controversy continues.