Gear News Flash: Aluminum Water Bottle BPA Betrayal

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 31, 2009 2:19 pm

News has broken that SIGG water bottles contained BPA (Bisphenol A)—a harmful compound known to mess with the human endocrine system—prior to August, 2008. The aluminum bottles themselves were free of the chemical, yet the epoxy liners contained it, until now. (The report first appeared in, an online trade publication.)

Health enthusiasts feel betrayed, as many switched from Nalgene polycarbonate bottles to SIGG’s colorful containers. (Nalgene now makes their bottles without BPA, as well.)

Reps from SIGG originally promoted their bottles as healthier than Nalgene’s, asserting that their bottles were BPA-free. SIGG’s PR team even used the information as part of their marketing initiative a few years ago, at the Outdoor Retailer show, and several publications promoted the bottles over the competition’s. When news first broke about the dangers of BPA, SIGG sales soared.

Here’s the deal: SIGG and their PR reps may not have known the truth about their own bottles. Even so, SIGG’s CEO, Steve Wasik asserts that even those bottles made prior to August 2008 tested free of BPA, meaning the chemical didn’t leach out into the liquid. Yet that doesn’t mean the liners didn’t contain it. 

Wasik is currently trying to right matters (and believe us, he’s a nice guy), and is taking questions at

Nalgene and SIGG bottles are now certified to be BPA free, yet if you’re concerned, stick with a stainless steel bottle, like those by Klean Kanteen.