Vermont has become the sixth state to pass a ban on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and ‘sippy’ cups used by young children, as per Plasticsnews. Vermont bans the use of BPA in baby bottles, spill-proof cups and reusable food and beverage containers such as sports bottles and thermos, effective July 1, 2012. The ban does not apply to bottles and containers designed to be disposed after a single use, or to water cooler jugs. The ban on metal cans that contain BPA goes into effect July 1, 2014.
The Vermont bill is viewed by environmental groups as the second-most-stringent BPA ban after the Connecticut BPA ban. Vermont, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Washington, Maryland, Minnesota, the city of Chicago and four counties in New York state : Albany, Schenectady, Suffolk and Rockland, have BPA bans. The Washington ban goes into effect July 1, 2011, the Connecticut ban Oct. 1, 2011 and the Maryland ban Jan. 1, 2012. The Chicago ban and the other state bans are already in effect.