The Effects Of Bpa On The World

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Health is a re-ensuring concern in today’s world as technology has changed the way of life for many. Bisphenol-A, also known as BPA, is a chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins (MNT, 2014). The key factor for ideal health is a suitable diet and the plastics and epoxy resins made from BPA are used to make a variety of consumer products many being food containers, baby products, water bottles, canned foods, and pop cans (Walters, 2011). BPA has allowed engineers to expand their scientific knowledge as this chemical has unique characteristics that offer high performance benefits in a wide range of consumer and industrial applications. However, though there are some advantages of BPA, the disadvantages are more…show more content…
Not only did science contribute towards the understanding of BPA, but it presented various benefits on top of that. Firstly, BPA has economic implications as it is cheap and can be easily manufactured. Many alternatives are beginning to arise such as thermal paper for different types of printing that use BPA and glass and stainless steel that are being widely used in different consumer products, but BPA is cheaper and more efficient as products like plastic water bottles only cost about $4.99 while BPA-Free water bottles cost $14.99-$20.00 (BeCause Water Benefit Corp, 2014). On a larger scale, such as industrial, business, medical, and safety equipment products, will produce the same trend as small scale products, as BPA responds to government regulations while still upholding consumer preference. This way the government is be able to save a lot of money while still producing high volumes of different products. Secondly, using BPA has social benefits as Polycarbonate Plastic, is durable, lightweight, shatter-resistant, and heat-resistant and provides a clear view of food in containers which helps to keep the food fresh. By protecting the food from spoiling, cans with Epoxy Resin lining is able to keep food fresh and have a shelf life for almost two years. This is necessary for feeding large numbers of people that are homeless, in disaster relief, military, retirement homes, food banks, or involved in other drastic situations
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