How Eden started using BPA free cans

By Kristie Turck •  Published 07/17/09 •  2 min read

I saw this article floating around on Twitter and I thought it was interesting.   Eden Foods, is currently the only company that uses BPA free cans for their beans.  Because of this, we exclusively use only Eden’s beans in this house (and we go through a lot of them, making this an expensive, but well worth it purchase).   The story behind how they started using BPA free cans is a pretty interesting one, and goes back farther than the last two years.  From The Huffington Post:

“It’s regrettable that the use of BPA has gone on so long,” Potter told me. “I’ve been flabbergasted as I’ve observed the lack of will on the part of the rest of the food industry to take advantage of an option we created.”

He asked his can suppliers — three of them at the time — if bisphenol A was in the cans they were selling to Eden Foods. “I made hundreds of phone calls to these three manufacturers,” he said. “Remarkably, I couldn’t find out if it was in the cans I was using or not.”

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.  I find it interesting that BPA free cans have been available for years, yet there is not one other company who utilizes this option.  I get that the cans are more expensive and most companies don’t want to have to pay to use BPA free cans, which while, I know they would be quick to pass the cost onto the consumer, probably don’t realize that a lot of us would pay the extra to have the peace of mind.

We’ve come so far in the last two years with our options for BPA free bottles, and dishware for both adults and children alike.  I can’t walk into Babies R Us today and find a single polycarbonate bottle these days.  Something that a year ago, I couldn’t say was the case, and it makes me happy to know that it’s one small step in eliminating BPA.   Let’s hope that cans and jars are next.