|Date: April 16, 2008|
Subject: SIGG Quality & Safety Guarantee
We have had a few inquiries in response to the recent report on NBCs Today Show surrounding polycarbonate #7 plastic bottles (like Nalgene). Scientists have offered competing views of the health risks which may result from these plastic bottles leaching the chemical BPA. Its a fact that this chemical, designed to reduce corrosion, also exists in some metal containers like canned foods.
In the 100 years that SIGG has been in business, the bottle liner we have used has evolved and improved over time. We sincerely believe that our current SIGG liner and our application process for applying it, is the best in the world because it is totally inert and imparts absolutely no chemicals into the beverage.
SIGG has proprietary rights with a 3rd party producer of our liner formula. In other words, we do not produce it ourselves. This supplier is based in Switzerland and has an impeccable reputation for quality and safety. SIGG is the only water bottle on the market to use this special liner. As there are many copy-cat manufacturers in the market (most based in China) that would like to get their hands on this formula, our supplier has an agreement with SIGG to keep his formula confidential.
Because we know that this liner is the very best on the market and we have had a positive working relationship with this supplier, we have honored that agreement. We believe more important than the formula of the liner is the performance of the liner. Very thorough migration testing in laboratories around the world is conducted regularly and has consistently shown SIGG bottles to have no presence of lead, phthalates, Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), Bysphenol A (BPA), Bysphenol B (BPB) or any
other chemicals which scientists have deemed as potentially harmful.
For example, last summer SIGG bottles were tested for BPA versus the competition at Alliance Technologies, one of the finest independent laboratories in America. Under harsh conditions to simulate time and use, the results were as follows:
Polycarbonate #7 plastic bottles 71 ppb (parts per billion) were leached into the water.
Chinese-made aluminum water bottles 19 ppb
New SIGG bottles no detectable BPA
Used SIGG bottles (2 years old) no detectable BPA
Despite the scientific evidence that SIGG bottles are 100% safe, I understand the desire of some people to know more about the proprietary SIGG liner. As our Swiss supplier insists on protecting his formula & keeping it confidential, I have commenced the process of exploring new suppliers.
You can be sure that we will thoroughly test the performance of a new liner under all conditions as we have the current liner and that it will perform as good or better than the existing liner. In addition, we are optimistic that we can make the liner to be even more environmentally-friendly. Rest assured, SIGG Switzerland remains 100% committed to the health and safety of our customers.
CEO, SIGG Switzerland