An Interview With BornFree President Ron Vigdor!

BornFree President, Ron Vigdor, is featured in the Detroit Free Press in the USA! The article is entitled “5 Questions about BPA with Ron Vigdor.”

5 questions with Ron Vigdor, president of manufacturer BornFree

By Laurel Droz

Q: What is BPA?

A: It’s a polymer. In the early 1900s, it was actually used as an estrogen mimicker … and in the 1950s it was found that BPA could actually be used in plastic. The problem is that the estrogenic effects can be released (under normal conditions and especially when combined with acidic foods, heat or vacuum packing).

Q: Should parents be concerned?

A: There are several studies out there … some of which are probably more concerning than others. Some of the concerns that have been raised by different studies and linked to BPA as an endocrine disrupter, are linked to infant brain development, early puberty, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and different types of cancers.

Q: What types of items contain BPA?

A: The most commonly used product is polycarbonate plastic, but BPA is found even in dental seals or fillings. It’s found readily all over the place — baby bottles, water jugs such as those in office and homes, medical equipment, dental devices, CDs/DVDs, the lining of many food and canned containers, etc.

Q: Why is BPA used?

A: BPA, or at least polycarbonate plastic, is an inexpensive plastic to create. … It’s a very easy polymer to work with. There are advantages to polycarbonate plastic, but it really needs to be used when it won’t be ingested. I’m not saying all polycarbonate plastic is bad, it’s just bad when it’s ingested.

Q: Why was the decision made to be BPA-free at BornFree?

A: We decided to go that way because everybody else was making products out of polycarbonate plastic or products that weren’t as strong, or, in our opinion, as safe. It gives you more of a fulfillment to know that you really are doing good for others and to be able to give a safe alternative.

BornFree products can be purchased from our website and online and instore from Mothercare


2 Responses to “An Interview With BornFree President Ron Vigdor!”

  1. 1 Mary Menne January 4, 2010 at 19:25

    Great questions and even better answers! This is the info that people need to read and the exact reason I chose to use BornFree products. My only question is what can we do, if anything, to undo what the BPA does? For example, I used different bottles, pacifiers, etc. with my first 3 children and switched to BornFree after reading the book Boys Adrift which is where I learned about the BornFree products. I worry about what damage the other products may have done to my other children and if I can do anything to reverse it?

    • 2 babybornfreebottles January 4, 2010 at 19:55

      Thank you so much for your support!
      I have asked myself the same question as you about how can one undo the harm that BPA can cause. I have 3 children and only started using BPA-Free BornFree with my third. I don’t know the answer, maybe someone can help us out with that one and post a comment here while I try and find out? I think all we can do is educate ourselves the best we can and try to do the right thing for our kids going forward.

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