Good Morning. We have preempted our regular Farm to Family feature here today to keep you up to speed on the news that broke earlier this week when Sigg executives admitted that bottles manufactured before August of 2008 had liners that contained BPA.
The scoop straight from Steve Wasik, CEO of Sigg, is that yes indeed their liners in bottles made before August of 2008 have BPA in them. No leaching (the independent testing shows SIgg has always been one of the safest bottles out there). But, BPA. Read the whole letter to the public HERE
Sigg endeavored as early as 2006 to come up with a new liner option, and I respect the reality that you can’t just throw up your hands and say “Hey, stop production on that liner right this minute. We’ll have a new one for you in the morning.”
The new eco liners were introduced last August. But, I’ve got one major question for Mr. Wasik (and, I will say straight up that I am seriously angry about this). Why, when I went and bought two Sigg bottles from a local retailer last month (July 2009), was mine an eco liner, and my daughter’s one with a BPA-filled liner?
Why, Mr. Wasik, if you are so concerned about safety, were the BPA liner bottles not taken off store shelves?
And, why did I have to be the one to inform your local retailers that they still have bottles on their shelves that have BPA liners?
Why did I have to follow treehugger.com on Twitter to find out about it?
So, while I’m stewing about this, go run and check the liners in your Sigg bottles.
New ones are a dull yellow (silvery on top) color like this:
Old ones are a coppery bronze color like this:
For a better look at the differences, go HERE
There’s been lots of debate on the issue, and I tend to side with Treehugger.com on this one that Sigg bottles may be some of the safest bottles on the market, but the reality is that, when pressed last year, the company skirted the issue by claiming that testing showed no BPA and then had to come clean about it.
This is not an issue of safety, it’s an issue of corporate integrity.
On the positive side, I e-mailed Sigg Canada as soon as I realized we had one of the old bottles and Julie Murphy in Sigg’s Ontario office sent me the following e-mail:
Please know that all SIGG bottles utilize a leach proof liner and there
is no health risk. Independent tests have been conducted that prove
this. These tests can are available for your review at
However, we understand your concern and will gladly replace your
bottle[s] with brand new SIGG bottles featuring our Eco Care, BPA free
liner. We ask that you return your old bottles to us as proof of
purchase so that we may recycle them. Please confirm you have the old
liners in all bottles being returned to us by visiting
Please contact me at your convenience with your contact information
(phone number and address) as well as a description of your current
bottle(s) so we may arrange for the replacement.
Please reference BRA# 71
2810 Matheson Blvd.,
I cannot imagine the beating that Ms. Murphy is taking right now. I don’t envy her job. I felt taken care of when dealing with her and it’s obvious that Sigg knows it’s time to take care of consumers who feel handily duped.
I will, indeed, have our daughter’s Sigg bottle replaced for free…but, getting me back as a SIgg customer will be a very tough sell.
There’s one thing you can’t buy in this life – and it’s consumer confidence.
We’ve all fallen victim to some sort of corporate cover up – some people in much more severe ways than others.
I could care less if Sigg’s bottle linings were proprietary (which was claimed as the reason for not talking about this sooner). They knew – in the midst of a huge uproar and banning of products with BPA in them across the globe – that the liners they were putting in kids water bottles had the offending compound in them and continued to sell those bottles even after replacing the liners.
I’m also unconcerned with the science and safety testing that was done. Don’t get me wrong, I think that testing is a crucial piece of regulating major corporations whose products can and will have substantial impact on our health and well being. But, Sigg – knowing that it was going to have a major public relations disaster on its hands as BPA became a much more public concern – continued to tout its bottles as the safest, the best.
Whether they are or not, I have no respect for a company who can’t simply say at the beginning “Hey man, our liners have some of this crazy stuff in them. We test them, and nothing leaches. But, no way can we continue to use a product that has such obvious potential to be harmful. So, we’re creating a great new liner with everyone’s health in mind.”
Cool, a proactive company who takes a health concern in hand and deals with it like pros.
Sigg, I’m sorry. You lost me.
Next time, I suggest thinking less about your bottom line and more about what’s best for the kids who are slurping their morning drink out of your bottles.