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What Does HDPE and BPA-Free Water Storage Mean?

BPA Free Water StorageFor those who are new to the emergency preparedness world or just looking for some water storage items for your emergency food storage, this blog is a must read. When searching for a BPA free water storage containers you need to make sure they are BPA-free and made out of HDPE.

What is BPA?
You might have read or heard in the news regarding a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a chemical added to some plastics commonly used to make beverage containers and several other plastic containers with the recycle symbol 7. Research has discovered that BPA can leach into your food and water from containers that have the chemical in them.  The research also showed that food and water contaminated with BPA caused many health problems including issues related to the prostate gland and the brain.

What is HDPE?
You might not be aware of this but HDPE is found in plastic product all around you.

HDPE stands for High-Density Polyethylene and is found in containers with the recycle symbol 2 and its in common house hold items like your milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles, plastic bags and much much more! HDPE is a very durable plastic designed to withstand high temperatures (230 °F | 110 °C), and is opaque in color.

Now that you know what BPA and HDPE are, you probably get a little sense of why knowing about them is important relative to the types of containers you use to store your water. A container that is BPA-free and is made from HDPE is critical. First off, Bisphenol A (BPA) is simply a chemical that can cause harm to your body and when dealing with an emergency you don't need to have the additional problems or symptoms from the BPA.

You can find a vast variety of products that are BPA-free since it has been brought to the attention to the public. HDPE is no doubt the way to go with when looking for a water container. Since it is opaque in color it will not allow sun light to penetrate through the plastic, by doing that it will help minimize the growth of algae and bacteria in your water supply.

I can't emphasize enough the importance of high quality water containers. Let's face it, you can last weeks with out food but only days with no water. So, do yourself and your family a favor and start your emergency preparation off right. Start by having enough water for your household for 72 hours, this is a must! Get started with our BPA Free, HDPE water storage containers.

19 thoughts on “What Does HDPE and BPA-Free Water Storage Mean?”

  • Angelique

    This is a great article..! Agree totally BPA Free and HDPE is the way to go..I want to be safe with my water storage choice and healthy too!

  • Justina

    is the HDPE thinner translucent water bottles the same
    degree of safety and not degrading as the formally
    designated water storage containers? A lot of distilled
    and purified water is sold in such containers, someone
    said storebought distilled water is in bottles that degrade
    in 6 months, but didn't say if it was thin HDPE or transparent
    bottles like spring water often comes in.

  • David

    Are all HPDE containers BPA free? this article ( though helpful ) is not written clearly. "Why is BPA Free and HDPE so important in water storage?" this wording would imply that some HPDE is not BPA free.

    • SANDRA

      We have some ROPAK HDPE 5 GAL. WATER containers but I am not sure that they are BPA FREE. Does it have to say it on the container to be BPA FREE?

  • Ian

    I have the same question as David. Are all HDPE plastics BPA free?

  • Andrew

    I go to Wal-Mart with a used Ozarka Spring Water 2.5 gallon container, filled it up with water treated through reverse osmosis at their water vendor, then pour it into Voss glass bottles.

  • Ed

    Yes most HDPE is BPA free. No needs to worry bout it as long as you buy the HDPE with the recycle symbol of 2. Its the food grade kind and many people use the home depot bucket kinds to make wine or beer. I remember reading somewhere online that some guy kept honey in a HDPE 2 bucket for 10 years and the honey was still good. (aka some of it had crystalized though)

    • Anonymous

      I thought honey never goes bad...

      • Jerry b

        It doesn't go bad just crystallizes. The honey did taste like a plastic bucket smells and leached how much plastic? Food grade hdpe 2 is strong and cheap that's why its qidwlt used. All clear plastic water bottles hdpe pick a number have BPA. Hdpe7 will taste the least plasticky but it is not BPA free. Also bp"A" free does not mean it is free of bisphenols it only means they did not use compound "A". Yes you are being poisoned and this is not the only way.

  • Craig

    I have been advised that the Home Depot orange Homer Bucket is not BPA free, even though it has "2 HDPE" stamped on the bottom of the bucket. Has anyone ever gotten a verified written response from Home Depot on this subject? By the way, they do sell white buckets that are listed as BPA free on their website.

  • Truth

    BPA is not the only hazardous chemical in plastic. Oil is the base for plastic. Which in itself is hazardous. It has it's place and purpose beneath the earth. Look into glass containers please. Watch "Tapped", a documentary. You'll see the reality of the negative effects of plastic. Don't forget plastic is in your home water system.

  • Fred

    "BPA is the starting material for making polycarbonate plastics. Any leftover BPA that is not consumed in the reaction used to make a plastic container can leach into its contents." (From Scientific American)
    The current favored substitute for BPA is BPS and it is the same except less leaching.
    HDPE is high density polyethylene not polycarbonate.

  • Steve

    Don't buy into the whole BPA scare. It's a SCAM!!! BPA has been in use since the 30's & now all of a sudden it's bad for you?.........The real issue is BPS which was praised as the alternative.

    • Lincoln

      People have been using formaldehyde for years and now we have the technology to find that these sort of chemicals are destructive to the body. People used mercury for years and we all know how the extent of the risk of brain damage, so just because humans have used something for X number of years, doesn't mean it's not bad for the human body.

    • Lincoln

      People have been using formaldehyde for years and now we have the technology to find that these sort of chemicals are destructive to the body. People used mercury for years and we all know how the extent of the risk of brain damage and people gave it to kids in toys for Christ's sake, so just because humans have used something for X number of years, doesn't mean it's not bad for the human body.

    • Some people are really stupid

      BPA is a scam? Read a f***ing endocrinology journal or search Pub med you idiot.

  • xAnonymous

    Find The.Luciferian.Doctrine.pdf

  • John Costello

    I would like to order this product, but I could not locate a definitive
    statement that these containers are Food Grade HDPE, with a
    recycle symbol "2". Please advise if product is:
    _ HDPE
    _ Food Grade
    _ Bears recycle symbol "2"

    Thank you-

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