What is BPA?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a key component used to make epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastic, which are used to make consumer goods. Polycarbonate is clear, strong, lightweight, and resistant to heat and shattering. This combination of properties makes polycarbonate plastic ideal for use in eyeglasses, water bottles, CDs, DVDs, cell phones and other electronics, bicycle helmets, automobiles, airplanes and medical equipment. Likewise, epoxy resin coatings are durable, adhere well to metal, and are chemical resistant. This combination of properties makes them ideal for use as a protective coating on food cans. To learn more about BPA and the human body, visit the Human Safety section.
- Defining BPA
- BPA is a component used to manufacture high-performance polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins found in products you encounter every day.
- History of BPA
- BPA has been used for over five decades to manufacture strong, durable consumer products.
- Facts About BPA
- Learn more about BPA with these facts and statistics about this chemical and its many applications.
- Definitions of common terms associated with BPA, its manufacture and use.