Friday, December 07, 2007

Mountain Equipment Coop pulls Nalgene Bottles

A week ago we were talking about the new Backcountry.com Klean Kanteen water bottles and now I heard today that Mountain Equipment Co-op has decided to pull their Nalgene water bottles and other polycarbonate plastic products due to health concerns. Mountain Equipment Co-op, known as MEC, is often referred to as the "REI of Canada" yet more true to the mountain side of things rather than urban recreation thing. It's the largest outdoor retailer in Canada.

From the article:

The plastic in question is made mostly from bisphenol A, which mimics estrogen and is derived from petrochemicals.

“The products have been pulled from the shelves and we're no longer selling them,”
The issue at hand is bisphenol A which in some studies has shown to be harmful to hormonal balances, particularly estrogen levels. If you're a guy and have recently been pondering the use of a manzierre perhaps you should be thinking twice about the Nalgene bottles you're using.



This issue is just starting to heat up and will not be going away anytime soon. Sure, we all die sometime but to exit at the hand of man made petroleum based plastics would be a sad way to start pushing up daisies.

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Blogger indesignguy said...

Are these the solid white Nalgene bottles or the Lexan (transparent) Nalgene bottles? They are made from different materials, and the article doesn't specify aside from the photo.

12/07/2007 8:38 PM

 
Blogger Josh said...

Why did backcountry.com pull the kleen kanteen? No longer availble that I can see....

12/16/2007 12:21 PM

 
Blogger powstash said...

@indesignguy - From what I could find out from a buddy in Canada was that they were most worried about the transparent Lexan Nalgene bottles and not so much the solid white ones although MEC pulled them all.

@josh - the Klean Kanteen have sold out - about 360 of them between the 27 oz and the 40 oz sizes. I'll try to find out when they'll have them back in stock.

12/16/2007 10:36 PM

 

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