Through the Austin corporations PlastiPure and CertiChem, founder and scientist George Bittner says he has made it his quest to create a safer plastic bottle.
The University of Texas neurobiology professor has raised millions of dollars in grants and private donations to develop an alternative to plastics made with chemicals that cause estrogenic activity, which some studies show has adverse health effects. In results published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives in 2011, Bittner found the majority of plastic products — such as baby bottles and water containers — are produced with the potentially harmful compounds.
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