Lululemon is the second large Canadian retailer to stop selling water bottles containing bisphenol A.
The popular yoga and fitness apparel will stop stocking its shelves with hard plastic water bottles containing the chemical in January. Mountain Equipment Co-op has already pulled its bisphenol A products.
“We have been following this issue very closely for over a year,” said Sara Gardiner, a Lululemon Athletica Inc. spokeswoman, in an e-mail Tuesday. “While the research to date is non-conclusive and Health Canada has yet to issue their report, we have the bottles currently in the stores. However, we have decided that starting in January all new water bottles arriving in our stores will be made of Acrylic and 100 per cent BPA free.”
Earlier this month, Health Canada officials said while no recall notice has been issued for the bottles they are conducting an assessment of bisphenol A as part of the federal government’s chemicals management plan. A preliminary report is expected in the spring.
Lululemon was congratulated by Environmental Defence for its decision Tuesday. The Toronto-based environmental group said it expects other large Canadian retailers to follow suit soon.
Mountain Equipment Co-op made the decision earlier this month to pull most food and drink containers that used the chemical from its shelves. Canada’s largest outdoor-goods retailer joined Nevada-based Patagonia, an outdoor and technical apparel company, as the only other major retailers in North America to take such action.