As we previously mentioned in the article about SIGG Water Bottles containing trace amounts of BPA before August of 2008 and in the Q & A with Dr. Ben on SIGG Water Bottles, everyone here at StainlessWaterBottles.org feels very strongly about not using SIGG or any other brands of aluminum water bottles. We hope you’ll consider safer and healthier reusable water bottle choices, such as the Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottles, which are durable, 100% recyclable, and made from BPA-free materials, or any of the other lab tested, doctor approved water bottles found at StainlessWaterBottles.com
Though it is very clear that SIGG has realized their monumental mistake in leading past customers to believe that their water bottles contained BPA-free liners before 2008, the disingenuous way SIGG chose to go about revealing the correct information still upsets many people who used their products in the past.
We can think of many reasons why people looking for reusable water bottles should choose companies such as Klean Kanteen, CamelBak, or Thermos before considering SIGG Water Bottles, since they have been thoroughly tested for safety and durability with no attached concerns.
Also, if you were a past SIGG customer who is looking to trade in your BPA-containing SIGG Water Bottle from before 2008 and you don’t want another SIGG, Dr. Ben and StainlessWaterBottles.com are offering a 20% discount on any other company’s stainless steel water bottle of your choice. Please see more details regarding this near the end. We believe in only drinking from the safest and healthiest water bottles on the market, which is why we would highly recommend any of the Klean Kanteen’s as a good, responsible choice.
Plus, to return your old SIGG water bottle to SIGG for a new one, you either have to go into a retailing store or pay for shipping and handling. We honestly think that since it was SIGG’s mistake and not the customer’s, this shouldn’t be the case.
SIGG Water Bottles: Untrustworthy Products?
We understand that SIGG really put themselves in hot water by hiding behind their “proprietary” liner ingredients, and by not telling their customers the whole truth. But we’re not sure what is worse–making millions of dollars off of unaware customers, or knowingly carrying products that have potentially harmful health effects–especially those for children and pregnant women. Regardless of their past company mistakes, SIGG has vowed to change for the better, but has this happened?
Has SIGG Actually Changed?
As we spoke about in a previous article on the SIGG BPA fiasco, ex SIGG CEO Steve Wasik, released an apology in The Huffington Post back in September of 2009. Besides relaying how sorry Wasik was, he goes on to include the positive changes SIGG was planning to make in effort to save face and their customer base. Wasik states,
“We will post details about the contents of our bottles: the new liner, the cap, the bottle itself. And we will make the information as transparent and understandable as possible.”
However, as seen on the SIGG website, this is still not the case. There may be information posted on the actual bottles, but regardless, there is very limited information listed on the website for the bottle liners and caps.
When we first visited the SIGG website to check on what has changed and where the information could be found, we started looking at some of the particular water bottles to find the specifications, but there were none. However, we did see in the top information paragraph one line that seemed as if it would be helpful. It says, “For ANY questions on care, use and safety of SIGG, please visit our FAQ page!” The only problem with this is that there is no FAQ page that we could find on the SIGG website.
After searching for the SIGG FAQ page, we instead settled on a top tab marked “Questions?” that seemed as if it would give us the mystery information pertaining to the new “Eco Care” liners and caps. This was a dead end as well. It did have most of the questions we hoped SIGG would answer, but no answers were available. Under the tabs marked “What Are the SIGG Caps Made of?” and “What Can You Tell Me About the SIGG Liner” the last paragraph for both simply states,
“We are currently working with our suppliers to be able to post more information on the ingredients of all of our bottle components. Stay tuned.”
The other paragraph listed for the “Eco Care” liners, is also not very helpful. It states,
“The SIGG bottle liner has evolved over the years. Our goal has always been to utilize a liner which is in full compliance with all international safety standards, ensures a high quality, leach-free performance and thus delivers great taste every time.”
No where else on the SIGG website could we find any information pertaining to the bottle, cap, or liner ingredients. SIGG may be working on this as promised, though considering the new liners were made in 2008, we would have liked to have seen the ingredients listed by now.
SIGG’s Take on the Safety of Aluminum Bottles
The SIGG website also has information pertaining to their water bottles being made from aluminum, marked under their tab, “Is It Safe to Drink Out of Aluminum?” One of the first questions they answer is on the safety of drinking from a chipped or scrapped off liner. The SIGG website states,
“Some of our customers have inadvertently scraped or chipped off their liner exposing some of the Aluminum and have asked if the bottle was still safe to drink beverages from. “
This is the only information shown pertaining to the safety of the liner becoming chipped or scraped off, though it does not really tell us whether it would be safe to drink from or not. They do say in an opening paragraph above, that with the help of the protective liner there will be no leaching–no aluminum seeping into your beverage–but what about if the liner is cracked, or chipped, or scraped off? Is it still safe?
The SIGG website goes on to speak about aluminum and the potential of aluminum consumption leading to Alzheimer’s. They refer to this worry as a “myth that has persisted since 1965…” This strikes us as a very interesting way to think of the link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s and we can’t help but wonder–if this is truly a “myth,” why have scientists continued to research it since the 1960s, why are they still researching it today, this “myth?”
“It is a long-standing fact that aluminum is neurotoxic and is associated with numerous health conditions. Let me back that up by stating that back in 1996, researchers from the University of Virgina wrote, “Aluminum (Al) is unquestionably neurotoxic in both experimental animals and certain human diseases.
If aluminum was not toxic, why are aluminum cans and aluminum bottles lined with bispenol-a or other proprietary linings?
The link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s has been a difficult one for researchers to nail down due to ineffective methods of measuring aluminum in the brain. Nonetheless, technology keeps advancing and researchers keep persisting as prior studies show strong evidence between aluminum and Alzheimer’s.
There is no ‘myth’ between Alzheimer’s and aluminum. There are over 150 peer-reviewed researched papers evaluating the link between the two. As one reviews the most current research, we see the link becoming more established.
A recent study done in 2009 by Yumoto et al looked at Alzheimer’s patients with aluminum levels present in their brain. They found aluminum present with beta amyloid and amyloid inside senile plaques. This suggests that aluminum may play a role in amyloid formation.
Beta amyloid and amyloid are the main indicators of Alzheimer’s disease.
Need I say more?”
Though SIGG claims the negative health effects between aluminum and Alzheimer’s are a “myth,” can we believe them? Not only after finding out that SIGG did not tell the whole truth to the public for years, but also based on research–are we willing to take that chance on our health?
StainlessWaterBottles.com Wants to Help You in Making a Safe and Healthy Water Bottle Choice
Once again, if you still have an old SIGG Water Bottle from before 2008 with the liner that contains trace amounts of BPA, StainlessWaterBottles.com is here to help! Treat yourself to a 20% discount on a new company’s stainless steel water bottle of your choice, and you’ll never have to worry about an unsafe liner again. To take advantage of this offer visit the site and at checkout use coupon code “sigg2otherswb“.
Dr. Ben and StainlessWaterBottles.com are Here to Help!
Dr. Ben and the staff at StainlessWaterBottles.com are committed to carrying stainless steel water bottles that are doctor approved, highly tested for your health’s safety, eco-friendly, 100% recyclable, and as always completely BPA free. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your choice in a new stainless steel water bottle, give us a call at (800) 594-4916, comment down below, or email us at any time.