Vitamix makes state of the art blenders which are good for making juices, soups, non-dairy milks, nut butters, grinding flour, and more.
Sadly, their current containers are made out of plastic, and even though it’s BPA-free plastic, the substitute (Tritan) might be worse than BPA.
Vitamix used to make stainless steel containers, and due to increasing health problems from plastic chemicals, a growing number of us want them to make them again.
Beth Terry at My Plastic Free Life (a great website by the way) wrote about this in some detail in her blog post “Quick Action: Ask Vita-Mix to bring back the stainless steel blender pitcher!” and started a petition.
Please sign it! If not for you, then for me!
Many of my teeth are loose, I have pockets in my gums, and recurring infections due to years without safe and appropriate access to dental care. This makes eating healthy and medicinally a real challenge, but a SS Vitamix would help me make safe-for-me food!
Please sign the Petition:
Vita-Mix, “please bring back the stainless steel pitcher”
Oh, and if you already have a plastic blender container please don’t use it for soups or anything hot. Foods and drinks that have a high fat content or are acidic are also said to absorb more of the chemicals. You might want to contact the manufacturer and ask them to exchange the plastic for something safer, like nickel free stainless steel.
The following article (see page 2) mentions some disturbing details about Eastman’s Tritan, the material Vitamix switched to when they ditched BPA. I haven’t looked into what other companies are using, as the Vitamix would serve so many of my needs.
The whole article is worth reading if you want an in-depth understanding of what goes on behind the scenes.
The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics
Despite its “oh shit” findings, by 2010 Eastman began to produce marketing materials claiming that Tritan was free of all synthetic estrogens. …
… Eastman, a $7 billion company that was spun off from Eastman Kodak in the 1990s, assured its corporate customers that it had done extensive safety testing on Tritan. But its methods were questionable. According to internal Eastman documents, in 2008 Eastman signed a two-year contract with Sciences International, another product defense firm that had played a key role in the tobacco industry’s scientific misinformation campaign.
This was part of a broader pattern of indifference. According to Usey, hundreds of manufacturers—including most of the big baby bottle makers—contacted CertiChem to inquire about testing their BPA-free products for estrogenic chemicals, but few actually followed through.
“Their position was: Until consumers are demanding nonestrogenic products, there’s no reason to be an early adopter,” Usey explains. “They want to delay as long as they can, because they know any transition will cost them.” In some cases, manufacturers paid for testing, then never collected the findings.
“They didn’t want to know the results because there’s liability in knowing,”
So there you have it, the way corporations are allowed to operate these days, unless we demand (and independently test for) healthy, non-toxic products and materials, we aren’t going to get them!
However, they will change if we work together and demand better!