There’s news about studies showing how to reduce BPA exposure by minimizing plastic food packaging by going to glass containers for storage and microwaving, and stopping using things in cans lined with BPA-containing plastics, among other approaches.

It turns out that even BPA-free materials could still have compounds of concern, such as phthalates, which is all the more reason to consider minimizing exposing food to plastics, where possible.

One recommendation caught my eye:

Consider a French press for coffee – home coffee makers may have polycarbonate-based water tanks and phthalate-based tubing.

What’s a French press? Some call them Bodums, or “press pots,” and they are those glass pitchers with a movable screen, which you push through the hot water and coffee mixture to filter out the grounds. Only glass and stainless steel touch the coffee. Sounds like it might be a good idea. Problem is, these things are pretty easy to break.


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