Return your Bisphenol A Bottles to Stores without Receipts & Get a Refund

Return your Bisphenol A Bottles to Stores & Get a Refund

Since most Canadian stores have withdrawn Bisphenol A bottles from their shelves, a lot of them are accepting refunds of the used hazardous bottles. They will either refund you back your money or give you a store gift card. In any case, it’s better than just throwing them out.

For example:

The Forzani Group Ltd., Canada’s largest sporting goods retailer, and Hudson’s Bay Co., which includes the Bay and Zellers stores, said Tuesday they are removing BPA products and will refund customers who bought the bottles at their stores.

The same will apply to most stores.

To know if your bottle contains Bisphneol A, check the recycling codes (triangles) at the bottom. A code number 7 may (but not necessarily) indicate that it contains Bisphneol A.

Return your Bisphenol A Bottles to Stores & Get a Refund


Someone sent me this regarding Zellers GTA still accepting refunds 🙂

Zellers GTA are is allowing anyone with used Avent Bottles to exchange them at there local Zellers Store for a full exhange of the bottle, Ie; 1 old Avenut bottle = equal 1 new FREE glass of BHA Free baby bottle. I just exchange 15 bottles this week for Born Free Glass Bottles.

174 responses to “Return your Bisphenol A Bottles to Stores without Receipts & Get a Refund”

  1. anne says:

    will we need a receipt?? some of these items were purchased years ago.. has anyone heard what is happening with the big water jugs for the machines?? they have a 7 on them!!

  2. mememe says:

    Yes like who has their receipts from years ago???

  3. Boo Radley says:

    Zellers is refunding even without a receipt. In situations like that the stores will probably have orders to refund even without a receipt to avoid any potential lawsuits.

  4. mememe says:

    It’s outrageous that Avent bottles – supposedly the BEST, and SO expensive … and now pretty much useless to everyone and can’t even be recyled!!! They need to go straight to the trash!

  5. dunebuggy8 says:

    Walmart is also accepting them apparently. I am on a baby board and many moms have already successfully returned bottles without receipts. Only small stores have caused some issues due to not having the appropriate sku to know what amount to refund the customer. I plan to return mine to Zellers as that is where I have purchased them…unfortunately getting replacement bottles at this time may be a challenge!

  6. GigaMamma says:

    Why are they being so selective? What about other infant products like sippies, breastpumps and sterilizers?

    I am more concerned about my $300 breastpump.

  7. sally888 says:

    Honestly if you purchased them years ago just freaking throw them out. Dont make it even harder on the economy trying to make a few bucks.

    Theres tons of baby bottles that dont contain this chemical.

  8. sally888 says:

    At some point you just dont need to be frugal, nor feel the need to make a quick buck, unless your using these items as of right now just freaking toss em out. yeesh.

  9. mememe says:

    avent bottles cost about $10 EACH … I am not throwing that money straight down the drain.

  10. mememe says:

    yes Zellers will take them back with no receipt.
    For sure if they have just been sitting in a box in your garage that would be ridiculous to return them now, but for someone like me who has 10 of these, plus all the accessories you can imagine, and I use them everyday, I need the money to buy new bottles. And I will gladly buy them at Zellers if they have any!!

  11. Boo Radley says:

    I’d say if it’s a bottle that is currently being used then it’s fair to return it back but if it’s an abandoned bottle that you dug out of your messy storage room then that would be unfair to the companies.

    My 2 cents

  12. MrBT says:

    GigaMamma: As sally888 said, a lot of products don’t use BPA. It’s more specifically a specific type of hard plastic.

    I typically dislike referencing Wikipedia, in this case it has a lot of the facts together in one place.

    Basically according to this, it is still not concidered toxic levels, the concern is that in bottle-feeding babies, the margin for ingestion is too close for comfort.

    For identification purposes, the Recycling #7 is a possible indicator — If there is a ‘PC’ under/near the #7, there is a very good chance it is BPA, but again shouldn’t be taken verbatum. As well, some PVC products contains BPA (#3 plastic).

    Just wait – There will likely be a ‘BPA-testing kit’ (A la lead-testing kit) show up soon. 😀

  13. mememe says:

    Boo is exactly right.

  14. mememe says:

    The worst problem occurs when the bottles are HEATED. And a LOT of moms heat their bottles to warm the formula.

  15. MikeW says:

    As for alternatives you can look at Klean Kanteen, stainless steal bottles (unless you rather go aluminum, but that has it’s own hazards).

    I’m not affiliated with either company but I bought mine from there because it was the best deal from a Canadian perspective for me.

    Also: when I tried to post the reply, it thought I was another member who recently posted here (and listed their email for me). Website bug?

  16. honeybee says:

    what about avent breast pumps? can they be retured to? and is walmart talking back playtex bottleS?

  17. mememe says:

    the operator at walmart can tell you if you call your local store.

  18. honeybee says:

    thanks hunn, same goes for sippy cups? whats the next option for bottles then? and from where? my daughter only drinks from bottles.

  19. mememe says:

    yes sippy cups too but not all of them i don’t think. just the ones that have a 7 at the bottom. although i’m sure if you take everything the store can advise you which is which just to be safe.

  20. adora says:

    You can listen to a brief report from NPR:
    The study was done on animals in heavy dosage. The effects on humans is still inconclusive.

    To mememe, it is not necessary worse after heating. Manufacturers often tell people not to heat containers because it can crack, damage the shape or get too hot and burn the user. Besides, plastics are only photodegradable – meaning they only decompose under sunlight and radiation.

    I think it is unfair to be mad at Avent or other plastic companies. This report is very new. Avent has been manufacturing durable bottles for years. It is not like they know about the effects of BPA and added it intentionally. Should the government classified BPA as toxin, they would adhere to the regulations.

    Talking about chemical that mimic estrogen, don’t forget those evil lavender scent, tea tree oil & soy beans as well! I just don’t understand why we are more likely to attack a manufactured product, while “toxins” are occurred in nature.

    Anyway, there is no toxic elements, only toxic dosage. Just don’t overdo it.

  21. bz says:

    We took everything back to London Drugs this weekend. $200 store credit. No questions asked.

    The clerk was actually falling over himself for apologizing for selling the stuff in the first place.

    Shame on stores for still selling products by companies like Avent. Kudos to shops like London Drugs et al for trying to make a difference.

  22. crafter7 says:

    I am glad that my water bottles are Nalgene and even though they have a “7” on the bottom of them, the company stands by the safety of their products.

  23. honeybee says:

    too bad walmart is being cheap. i called in and they are only giving you back $2.00 if you dont have a reciept and if they cant find the sku. they are taking back playtex avance as far as i know.

  24. ben says:

    I hate to tell you but the Nalgene bottles are made the same way. Nalgene has announced they will phase out all products with Bisphenol A though I don’t remember a date set. Keep in mind they do have product lines that don’t contain it but some definitely do.

  25. mememe says:

    I just went to Zellers and returned 10 bottles, and experienced the single worst customer service of all time. The lady was refusing to look at the entire list they were faxed by corporate, with all the bottles on it, just wanting to browse the LAST page and saying “nope, those aren’t on our list”!!! … and I was like “what about the other THREE PAGES of recalled bottles?” … oh no I don’t have to look at those.
    It took over an hour, all of which was unnecessary, and she even tried to scam me again into not accepting 2 of the bottles, but FINALLY in the end my money was put on a gift card.

    Like when exactly did she decide she shouldn’t accept a return authorized by HEAD OFFICE…

  26. sally888 says:

    BZ what in the he double l are you talking about shame on the store.
    Like the store knew it posed a ”potential” risk.

    This is what makes me mad is when people start ranting uneducated.

    Meme, if your still using them sure Id return them too, but do you know how many people will be looking in there attics for old plastic bottles. Or returning the FREE avent bottles that came with nestle good start samples.

    This whole thread just fumes me.
    How many people have drinken from a water hose in there lifetime?
    How many people have ever been near cigarette smoke
    How many people have ever stepped outside and been subjected to somehing of the chemical nature, ie manure being spread etc..

    Theres absolutely no need to panic, nor try to make a quick dollar because there accpeting returns. From all that ive read there really isnt even a definitive study out yet.

    It shouldnt always be about the all mighty dollar. We facing a looming recession. Perhaps one should stop and think about that if they have items they dont use anymore but plan on making a few bucks back.

    Absoutely none of my baby bottles nor cups have number 7’s.

  27. Evan Holt says:

    I just got a response back from MEC (who was one of the first to pull Nalgene bottles about six months ago) who said that they too are “offering refunds or exchanges for the polycarbonate bottles”. Glad to see retailers stand by their customers.

  28. mememe says:

    We aren’t talking about “making a few bucks” … we are talking about a) keeping our babies safe, and b) companies standing behind their products – especially when they turn out to be unsafe. That’s all.

  29. intwowishin says:

    hmmm well I will tell you, I WILL be returning my bottles, because my baby’s POTENIAL health is at risk, so I will return them to get some money to go towards the freaking “born free” bottles that cost $16 a piece. I am not out to make a quick buck, but I won’t take risks with my child’s health, scare tactic or not

  30. sally888 says:

    I dont know if your reffering to my posts or not but I clearly stated for people using the products then id return them too.

    But you cant sit there and not think that scammers will be hitting every good will, attic, and recycling bin they can looking to return them and make a buck.

  31. mememe says:

    yes but there are people who do that with EVERYTHING.

  32. nitu says:

    How much are they giving back per avent bottle. Can someone tell me where to buy steel baby bottles.

  33. honeybee says:

    you can go to baby r’ us, they have all the safe bottles there, i just went and purchased some glass bottles. 9oz “momo” brand for 7.99; they also have other bottles for 16.99 they are also glass. and as for the steeal bottles you would have to go online i think.

  34. mememe says:

    Also Zellers has the Evenflow Classic GLASS bottles for $3.29 each!! Fantastic price.

  35. nitu says:

    are there no stores where i can go and buy steel bottles. online shipping can be too much and i havent found any site too yet.

  36. honeybee says:

    What size are the Evenflow ones @ zellars?

  37. mememe says:

    9oz/240ml … standard size.

  38. mememe says:

    They also have smaller 4oz ones.

  39. Allison says:

    I just returned several bottles to Zellers, no problem….go tstore credit.

    They are not taking back the Avent Breast Pump…….which is silly becuase you can’t use it without the bottles.

    The website has an extensive list of WHICH sippy cups, bottles and other feeding items are safe, and which contain PBA. Check out that website if you have a question.

    PLaytex advance does contain PBA and can be refunded. The drop in bottles do not.

  40. Allison says:

    ONe more thing I want to add……in regards to people “FREAKING OUT” and “UNEDUCATED”…..I think that the key here is that we are unknowingly exposed to various toxic chemicals on a daily basis……now we know about one of them. Why puposely continue to expose yourself or your child, when there are safe alternatives. Perhaps this in an overreaction to this chemical, perhaps not. I am not willing to risk my health, or my child’s based on the say so of the particular plastics companies. When there is doubt, I will err on the side of caution.

  41. willowsprite says:

    Wow, it’s awesome that the stores are doing this. I actually had no idea. I’ve been going to stores lately and it’s crazy that all the bottles are gone! I managed to nab two evenflo glass bottles, they’re a really good price at $3.95 each. Unfortunately they were out of fast flow nipples so I ordered some online at –they also have safe sippers too, like kleen kanteen. I will be bringing my playtex avance bottles back, thanks for the information. Being new mom married to a student husband, this really helps us out! 🙂

  42. willowsprite says:

    Well said, Allison.

  43. sally888 says:

    Better not feed your baby any vegetables that arent organic, in fact dont even let them touch a couch or carpet because there sprayed and made with a chemical thats fire resistant and linked to cancer. Dont wash there bodies at all because baby shampoos have been linked to cancer, so have the body washes, dont use real diapers because the gel inside may cause cancer.

    Sure you can take precautions, but do you realize just how many things we expose our children to every day?

    NONE of my baby bottles have a number 7, so i dont know why everyones running out and buying glass and steel. A glass bottle in the hands of a toddler is not safe. There are plenty of plastic baby bottles that do not contain this plastic.

    Next thing all these babies will be ingesting glass and getting cut.
    Glass generally doesnt bounce.

    So you can keep calling me out but seriously sit there for a bit and think about how some are jumping off the deep end.

    How many of you are freaking out about this but dyed your hair when pregnant, used cleaning products, painted your nails, ate canned food, ate takeout loaded with preservatives etc……

    All im saying is if your using them fine return them, if your not using them its kind of silly to return them, just dispose of them.

    Theres no point to start a boycott of all plastic, do you know how many different variations there are of plastics, hundreds. Are they all the devil and root of all evil no.

    If this statement doesnt apply to you then fine, but I really dont think that *some* are taking this in stride.

    When hey found out that drinking from a hose can cause cancer did everyone go throw out anything with a hose? No I see hoses on a regular basis.

    If you read all these statements some are going overboard and its really not nessecary.

    I guess im the person who calm cool and collected when the boat it sinking, not jumping off the boat screaming going overboard. 😉

  44. Laura says:

    I think the other issue is probably chemicals affect babies and growing children differently or more profoundly than adults. I don’t want to think of all the Playtex bottle bags I plopped in the microwave when my kids were little.
    The whole “glass bottle” idea sounds like the best plan willowsprite! And breast feeding as long as you can and if you can!

  45. Ladena says:

    Does anyone have a list of what is officially being returned?

    I have many nearly new Avent bottles that I no longer want to use! :O

    I also have an Isis breast pump…

    Funny enough, the Avent recall site is not working..

  46. willowsprite says:

    Sally, I’m wondering what *some* you mean?

    I just think that it’s great for us moms that this is available to us since the chemical has been *suspected* to cause certain diseases. It’s better to be safe, now that we have become aware of this potential danger.

    By the way, I wouldn’t let my son play around with a bottle so it breaks. Bottles are for feeding, not playing. 😉

  47. Allison says: has a list of what is safe.

    Zellers has a list, in store of what they will take back.

    They will take the Avent bottles….but not the Isis PUmp 🙁

  48. Allison says:

    Willowsprite, I think WE might be part of the *some*…… personally, I try to make informed choices when I purchase food and feeding items. NOw that I have been informed about this chemical, I will try to avoid it, when possible. One easy way to do this is to avoid using plastic containers, and baby bottles containing it. I don’t think that means I am “jumping off the boat”.

    I am well aware of the chemicals we encounter in daily activity. As such I do my best to aviod exposure whenever possible. Obviously it is not realistic to think that you can avoid any exposure to chemicals, but once you are aware of an UNNECCESARY exposure (i.e. BPA) why would you continue to take that risk?

    As has been previously stated, there are many plastic bottles that do not contain BPA. There are also glass and steel alternatives. I think it is up to the parents to make educated, logical decisions, about which alternative they choose for their child….if you think your toddler or baby will break the glass bottle, choose plastic or steel….I think that assuming there will now be an epidemic of babies injesting glass from broken glass bottles is, in itself, “Jumping off the boat”.

  49. Sally says:

    Well how many toddlers lie still when there drinking a bottle? Not many, I have a small scar on my forehead from falling with a glass bottle as a toddler. I assure you I wasnt running around like a wild animal naked either.

    My children never ”played” with there bottles, but I assure you toddlers fall a lot which im sure you know. With a glass bottle that just seems to end in disaster. I wouldnt dream of handing my child a glass drinking cup.

    I dont think theres anything wrong with people being concerned about the avent bottles and returning them *if* there in current use. But Ive already said that three times.

    I have some avent bottles in my cupboard, frankly Ive never liked them and found them too bulky to use. I was planning on just pitching them or using them for painting. I suppose that I could run to the store and return them, but whats the point im not using them anyways.

    I personally dont think its ness running out and buying all glass or steel bottles, next thing you know there will be some chemical leaching from the steel bottles that was unknown.

    I try to protect my children from harm the best I can, but Im not going to spend my days worrying about the what ifs. 😉

    I cant wait for the naturalists to pop in and say we all should be breastfeeding anyways. I bottle fed by choice. There is hard cups involved too, but I dont have any of them. By chance all I have is on the safe list but the few avent ones I dont use anyways.

  50. Sally says:

    I also never quoted you two directly like you did me so why are you assuming im talking about you?

  51. Sally says:

    I also dont know why your talking about me? taking a risk. Read my posts Ive stated quite a few times Im not using any. So hows that putting my child at risk if Im not using them? Im not saying continue using them nowhere having I said that.
    I guess you cant reason with ‘un’reason.

  52. Bethany says:


    Can’t we Moms just get along?

    Anyway, the benefit I see in returning them is that most cities are unable to recycle the used bottles now that most people won’t be using them. The government is labelling a chemical toxic. Therefore it makes sense many people will not want to use it for their children. Boiling the bottles for ten minutes, as per manufacturers directions, causes large amounts to seep out during the next use.

    I read that even municipalities that will accept the plastics labelled 7, or “other” in the blue box will sort them out later and they will all end up in the landfill. Researchers have shown the chemicals can leach into groundwater from the landfill. The article said the large manufacturers are better able to recycle the product into non-food related items like CDs, etc. By returning your bottle to the store it might help them to be recycled, so don’t feel guilty! I will try and return mine so that

    a) I can buy some other bottles for my baby and
    b) The old ones can be recycled

    I bought these expensive Avent bottles because I thought they were the best. I now know different and will change the type I use just to be safe. How could I knowingly feed my baby with them? Ignorance is forgivable, both to the manufacturer and myself for my previous kid (oops), but we must learn from new knowledge.

    Honors Bachelor of Health Science
    Masters of Public Health

  53. Allison says:

    Sally, I was not refering to you when I stated “taking a risk” I was merely making a generalized statement in the form of a rhetorical question.

    I have read all the previous postings and am aware that you have stated several itmes that you are not using these bottles, in fact they are gathering dust in your cupboard, waiting to be used for painting.

    The purpose of this forum is to inform, answer questions and assist those of us who are choosing not to continue to use bottles contining BPA. This is certainly not a choice that everyone will make.

    Since you have repeatedly stated that you do not use these bottles, and thue have no vested intreset in the topic, why waste your time trying to convince others that they are acting to harshly or quickly. Let people do what we think is best for our children. This space should be informative, not critical of the choices of others.

  54. Boo Radley says:

    54 comments in one day? I hope that’s not another “$1 pregnancy test” post 😉

    Would just like to point out that Sally said her bottles do NOT contain code number 7 and therefore they are safe for her baby!! She’s just trying to exaplain that we shouldn’t abuse the good stores’ policies and I totally agree with her. If it’s a bottle you currently use go ahead and refund it but don’t dig into recycle bins looking for bottles with code 7 🙂

  55. sally says:

    One more point and im done with this topic. This is from firsthand knowledge. There are people who buy the number 7’s from recycling companies and other sources ie flawed product directly from he company and grind them then resell them to plastic factories, esp ones in china, they buy up our regrind plastic like no tommorow, a very profitable business. A lot of this stuff doesnt end up in the landfill, people buy it but its not as profitable for the recycling companies so they dont deal in it.
    So you dont have to return them if there sitting getting dusty in the back of your cupboard unused for them to have another life as a cd or what have you 🙂
    Im personally far more concerned about all the liquid chemicals and batteries in the landfill rather then a small amont of chemical eventually leaching from a broken down plastic bottle, if it did end up there.
    I wasnt being critical at all, but when I have people quoting me and half reading my statements it fustrates me.. I never said I didnt have any interest in this topic, I have more interest in plastics then you ever will know 😉

  56. Boo Radley says:

    LOL your last sentence made me laugh for some reason 🙂

  57. mememe says:

    You should check the list IF you are still using the bottles, even if you don’t see a 7 on the bottom. None of the Avent bottles have any number on them at all from what I could find, but they are still on the list of items no longer on shelves and being accepted for returns.

  58. intwowishin says:

    I have a question?? Are the Playtex drop in nursers recalled or not?? I have been using them, and I was old they are safe, then I went to my local walmart and they have all been pulled from the shelf, and the employee said that the toxin can leak into the baby’s hand when they touch the bottle. Yet no other stores in my area as of yesterday had removed these bottles. I am only referring to the bottles, I already know the liners are ok.

    Playtex is offering a FREE one by mail, if you go to there website, but I don’t know if these are new bottle or if they have never been made with the BPA. Anyone else able to clarify this for me?

  59. mememe says:

    I saw them on the shelves at Zellers…

  60. mememe says:

    The playtex website says:
    “The Playtex Nurser System with its holder and disposable liners was originally developed in 1948 and has been trusted by generations of moms. The system uses disposable liners made of polyethylene- in both Drop Ins liners and rolled liners. So, the only contact between baby and the food is through the nipple and the liners, which are both BPA- free.”

  61. mememe says: for the free bottle … or is it just the liner? doesn’t seem 100% clear

  62. mememe says:

    and my last link … lol .. says which DO and which DON’T contain PBA. Very clear.

  63. chatykaty says:

    make life easier buy TUPPERWARE products!!!! They are safe!!!

  64. willowsprite says:

    Sally, I agree with you. People who don’t use their bottles anymore shouldn’t be returning them to the stores. There are BPA-free plasitc bottles out there too like Thinkbaby and Green to Grow, so if anyone lets their child walk around while feeding they could purchase those bottles.

    Really, I don’t think anyone is “freaking out” about this. I don’t see anyone in this thread doing so anyway, so I think those words are a bit harsh for everyone here who has been careful with everything they’ve done from pregnancy and beyond. As soon as I found out I was expecting I quit smoking and dying my hair and tried to eat less junk (I think that was the hardest part 🙂 ) I think that every effort to protect your child is totally worth it!

    P.S. I hope everyone knows that they should NOT be throwing their batteries in the garbage as there are battery recycling facilities available to us! Let’s all do our part for the planet!

  65. willowsprite says:

    Does Tupperware make bottles? That would be handy! I love tupperware. I do have their sippy cups.

  66. mememe says:

    there are quite a few safe plastic bottles, you are right. i bought a glass one – just one … and i already don’t like it. lol
    actually i think its the slowflo nipple … even when i poked bigger holes its taking foreverrrrr and my 10 month old who sleeps through the night woke up hungry THREE TIMES last night cuz he was hardly getting anything.

  67. ILMK says:

    Wow… such extensive comments on one subject.
    All of you have valuable points to make I think if you take a step back and look you are all saying the same thing here.

    Really.. there isn’t need to get all worked up here on either ends of this argument. Seriously.

    Here is what you all agree with…
    – if you have to *dig* out your bottles to return them then you’re just taking advantage of the companies (which we as consumers also need to care for if we want to keep our economy on the up) and that is simply not the right thing to do since they’ll likely put an end to it soon enough and those that are still needed to replace their bottles won’t have the opp to do so because of those looking for a quick buck.

    – there are plenty of things we come into contact each day that could be killing us already. sure that’s obvious isn’t it? Breath and you’re poisoned on some level.

    – if you KNOW it’s not a good thing they why continue to use it? why NOT replace it? wouldn’t that be the logical thing to do?? If you were eating potato chips (for an outrageous example) for x amount of years and all of a sudden discovered that they put some kind of poisonous chemical into them that is SURE or MIGHT kill you… would you continue to eat them?? Man I hope not.. I’d go on the side of NO just to be safe.

    And there… dear commenter’s… are MY two or three cents. 😉

  68. Heather Ouellette says:

    I was just looking at my older advent bottles and I have a playtex sippy cup like the one in the photo but I can’t see any 7 on it or any number. Is there a specific spot I should be looking that I am just missing it? I will throw them away anyways but the advent bottles I’d like to use for just a little bit more since he is my third and don’t plan on having more kids I don’t want to buy more bottles. Thanks in advance for any help locating this 7 emblem.

  69. Allison says:

    Heather, not all of the affected bottles or sippy cups have the 7 on them. In fact, not all products marked with a 7 are affected. Some 5s may also be…….the 7 is strictly a generic recycling symbol which encompases a wide range of products. So quite likely, you will have affected bottles and/or sippy cups, or other feeding items which do not have the 7. Check the website for a list of which bottles and cups contain BPA and which do not.

    Hope that helps.

  70. Allison says:

    Heather, One thing to keep in mind is that the older the bottle, and the more times it has been exposed to hot water and soaps (through washing), the more chance of leaching BPA into your child’s liquid. The Avent bottles are definitly on the list of bottles contining BPA, and if this is your third child, then perhaps the bottles may be old and you might want to think about switching to a sippy cup or purchasing new bottles. If you return the old Avent ones to Zellers, they will give you store credit, which you could use toward new bottles. In the end it probably wont cost you much out of pocket.

  71. merlot says:

    Anyone heard/seen anything about Starbucks taking back their travel mugs and water bottles? I have 4 coffee travellers and two water bottles from Starbucks all with No.7. No information available @ store level.

    Thanks and Happy Earth Day!

  72. mememe says:

    Contact corporate through their website I’d say.

  73. intwowishin says:

    Acorrding to Playtex the “classic” drop in bottles do NOT contain BPA, but the newer “premium” drop in bottles do. I think I will take mine back, get the credit, and purchase the classic ones. Not worth taking any risks.

  74. honeybee says:

    does anyone know if they are taking back the avent brast pump with the bottles? and if so where? i had purchased the pahckage. since the bottles are no good, i have no reason to keep the pump because it only takes avent bottles. thanks in advance.

  75. Jennifer says:

    I called Playtex. They directed me to a website that lists all their products and if it contains PBA. Walmart took back my Playtex bottles, but not the Avent. I will go to Toys R Us (got as a gift: person either bought it at WalMart or Toys).
    Avent and Playtex now make bottles without PBA. It will clearly state it on the box.
    Call the companies and ask if the breastpump… has PBA. If you can not return the product to the store, call the company and demand tjhey send you replacement parts for the breast pump.

  76. Pleasant Girl says:

    I took a water bottle back to Canadian Tire today without a receipt. No questions asked. I got a credit note, which was fine by me. Better to get something for it than nothing at all.

  77. honeybee says:

    thanks hunn =)

  78. kitkong says:


    I’ve been reading various posts about the whole issue and stopped using my avent bottles – when I took them into our local zellers (winnipeg) I was told they don’t have a “7” on them so are safe? I’m upset and want to be able to get a refund to buy more bottles as my son still uses them. Help? Any mom’s have a problem returning them and what replys did you use?

  79. Charlottesmom says:

    Honeybee, I have a Avent breast pump too and along with the bottles it also takes the VIA containers to just store and transfer the milk which don’t have BPA. I’m pretty sure Avent does make some non-BPA bottles as well, maybe yours is the same…Kitkong, just because if it has another number besides 7 on the bottom it doesn’t have BPA but if it has no number at all it can still contain BPA. I’m pretty sure that unless it says on the package and its the same kind of hard plastic that the bottles normally are, there’s BPA in it…

  80. Charlottesmom says:

    Oh my, lack of sleep caused by an 7 week old…I meant to say that if it has another number besides 7 on the bottom it doesn’t contain BPA but if there is no number at all it can still contain the BPA…Sorry 🙂

  81. Boo Radley says:

    kitkong, if it doesn’t have a number 7 then it most likely doesn’t have BPA so it’s safe 🙂

  82. willowsprite says:

    Only the Avent Via bottles (breast milk storage) do not contain BPA. Usually if the plastic is clear and colourless it contains BPA. It dosen’t necessarily have to have a number on it. It’s strange that your Zellers isn’t accepting your bottles, kitkong.

  83. intwowishin says:

    Walmart would not take back the premium playtex drop in bottles.

  84. honeybee says:


  85. honeybee says:

    i just contacted avent, and their customer service rep said that thier bottles do contain bpa, but they are not on recall. she said if you use them prperly and not heat liquids in them you will be fine 😐

  86. mememe says:

    avent bottles do not have ANY number on them …

  87. mememe says:

    whoops … so therefore i wouldn’t simply look for a #7.

  88. consumatrix says:

    I returned my baby bottles today without a receipt at Zellers — no questions asked. (Ottawa, Bayshore).

    They give you a store credit.

    The woman who did this for me also let me know I could return my breast pump this way since most of those were also recalled.

    Thanks for the head’s up, smartcanucks!

    As any of you parents out there know, it is v. expensive already to have kids, so this was a great tip. (And most of the moms I’ve told are happy to know a receipt is not required since most of us did not keep them that long).

    And in responsen to some of the previous comments on this topic, I think it is totally fair for a company to have to reimburse consumers when their product is recalled. WHETHER you are currently using the product or not.

    Also, in talking with health organizations (reputable) like Prevent Cancer Now and Women and Health Protection, it has apparently been long known that BPA may cause harm, and this information was widely available for many years to the companies making baby products. In Europe, for example, BPA-free baby products have long been the norm.

    Finally, it should not be necessary for a government to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that a substance is harmful before removing it (esp. for baby products). It is enough to have some evidence that it may cause harm. They call this the precautionary principle, and frankly, we should be employing it more often in health policy.

    My 2 cents! ( :

  89. Glen says:

    Toys R Us is taking back the Playtex “premium” drop in bottles, because they do contain BPA. The classics donot and are safe. I returned all my premium bottles and got classics instead. This is much cheaper then some of the alternative BPA free bottles out there.

  90. Good to People says:

    It’s funny reading the banter that has been going on. I felt that Sally started off being quite condesending which made peoplereact the way they did. Yes, there are scammers out there! But I feel the regular users of this site are honest people who aren’t out to make a quick buck but are genuinely concerned for the sfaety of their families. Why is it that some individuals are quick to judge the negativity in poeple first rather then the positive? Sorry, had to let that out… On another note, anyone return Nalgene bottles or other drinking bottles? It’s summer and my family uses them for long trips. Sorry about the rant but as a new user, I am just giving an outsiders opinion!

  91. Ann says:

    Zellers in Scarborough took one of my Avent bottle but not another and wouldn’t take back any of my Playtex sippy cups (exactly the one in the photo with the yellow lid). They’re working from a list and are quite rigid about it.

  92. babymama says:

    if anyone is really stuck trying to find plastic bottles – like gerber … in a large size you can check out item # 110246453642 on ebay… those are on the safe list and the person has 3 sets available. they are out of stock EVERYWHERE

  93. Robin says:

    On the bottom of my house water bottle says 7 other under it. It is a hard plastic my husband me and my kids have been drinking it for years. My husband ended up with cancer at the age of 30 a cancer not for his age. I tried to take the bottle back for an exchange she said their wasn’t a recall on them and they wouldn’t refund the bottle only refill it. I brought the bottle back home is there a concern for this bottle? Made by CANAM sold at the Water Source?

  94. consumatrix says:

    I also returned my breastpump to PharmaPlus (Rexall) — Ottawa, Carlingwood Mall location.

    There was no problem — though I did have my receipt, and that certainly helped. They were uncertain if they would take it back until I showed the receipt (though they *may* have taken it back without it — seemed to be up to the discretion of the manager.)

    They had clearly been taking back their baby bottles and knew about the recall and had a list.

  95. Boo Radley says:

    Anyone know if Brita filter containers have BPA?

  96. sally says:

    Can I just throw in another point.
    Just because the plastic is clear does not by anymeans mean that it contains BPA, there are tons of different plastics,even that crystal plastic that looks like glass and is absolutely clear that does not contain bpa. Theres lots of different varieties that are clear and have zero BPA

  97. babymama says:

    such as the gerber “clear view” bottles which are safe

  98. Ann says:

    I took back 22 bottles and 3 sippy cups to Zellers. I received a $144 credit. I had an assortment of Gerber and Avent bottles. The lady was soo helpful and also mentioned the Avent Breast Pump was on recall as well.
    I purchased 6 Gerber Clear View bottles they were only $6.99 for a pack of 3.
    I cannot get over how helpful and willing to help they were.

  99. tracy says:

    Hi Ann can you tell me which Zellers did you go? yesterday i took my AVENT and Playtex bottles to Zellers at Bridlewood Mall the lady just take my playtex bottles she say the AVENT bottle doesn’t have a number 7 on it

  100. babymama says:

    It’s ridiculous that they are not all following the same standard faxed to them by corporate offices.

  101. Shannon says:

    yikes – reading all these posts makes me glad I nursed and then used glass bottles! (more so because I couldn’t afford the luxury of all those cute plastic ones!) Does make me wonder though…my kids are extremely healthy. My 14 year old has had 2 ear sin her entire life and my 5 year old only once. I have to make an appointment for a checkup once in awhile just so our physician remembers who they are lol! My heart always goes out to my friends and family who’s chilren are plagued with health issues. I consider us very fortunate!

  102. georockgal says:

    Plastic Types, Characteristics… Dangers and Recycling
    (exerpt from

    Fortunately, consumers have a way to identify the type of plastic in many products, especially food storage containers and packaging. Many, but not all, such plastic products have a number – the resin identification code – molded, formed or imprinted in or on the container, often on the bottom. This system of coding was developed in 1988 by the U.S.-based Society of the Plastics Industry to facilitate the recycling of post-consumer plastics. It is voluntary for plastic manufacturers, but has become relatively standard on certain plastic products sold globally. Knowing the code for a particular product, consumers can then inform themselves of the characteristics of the plastic and the risks of using that product.
    The seven plastic resin codes are each briefly described below to provide a quick snapshot detailing the name of the resin (i.e., the base material of the plastic), typical products it is found in, dangerous chemicals it leaches, and why they are dangerous.

    Symbol 1: Polyethylene terephalate (PET or PETE) – Used in soft drink, juice, water, beer, mouthwash, peanut butter, salad dressing, detergent and cleaner containers. Leaches Antimony trioxide: workers exposed to antimony trioxide for long periods of time have exhibited respiratory and skin irritation; among female workers, increased incidence of menstrual problems and miscarriage; their children exhibited slower development in the first twelve months of life. The longer a liquid is left in such a container the greater the concentration of antimony released into the liquid.

    Symbol 2: High density polyethylene (HDPE) – Used in opaque milk, water, and juice containers, bleach, detergent and shampoo bottles, garbage bags, yogurt and margarine tubs, cereal box liners. Our research on risks associated with this type of plastic is ongoing.

    Symbol 3: Polyvinyl chloride (V or Vinyl or PVC) – Used in toys, clear food and non-food packaging (e.g., cling wrap), some squeeze bottles, shampoo bottles, cooking oil and peanut butter jars, detergent and window cleaner bottles, shower curtains, medical tubing, and numerous construction products (e.g., pipes, siding). PVC has been described as one of the most hazardous consumer products ever created. Leaches di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) or butyl benzyl phthalate (BBzP), depending on which is used as the plasticizer or softener (usually DEHP). DEHP and BBzP are endocrine disruptors mimicking the female hormone estrogen; have been strongly linked to asthma and allergic symptoms in children; may cause certain types of cancer; linked to negative effects on the liver, kidney, spleen, bone formation and body weight. In Europe , DEHP and BBzP and other dangerous pthalates have been banned from use in plastic toys for children under three since 1999. Not so elsewhere, including Canada . There is currently a similar NDP Private Members Bill (C-307) before the House of Commons, but the chances of it passing appear slim.

    Symbol 4: Low density polyethylene (LDPE) – Used in grocery store, dry cleaning, bread and frozen food bags, most plastic wraps, squeezable bottles (honey, mustard). Our research on risks associated with this type of plastic is ongoing.

    Symbol 5: Polypropylene (PP) – Used in ketchup bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs, medecine and syrup bottles, straws, Rubbermaid and other opaque plastic containers, including baby bottles. Our research on risks associated with this type of plastic is ongoing.

    Symbol 6: Polystyrene (PS) – Used in Styrofoam containers, egg cartons, disposable cups and bowls, take-out food containers, plastic cutlery, compact disc cases. Leaches styrene, which is an endocrine disruptor mimicking the female hormone estrogen, and thus has the potential to cause reproductive and developmental problems; long-term exposure by workers has shown brain and nervous system effects; adverse effects on red blood cells, liver, kidneys and stomach in animal studies. Also present in secondhand cigarette smoke, off-gassing of building materials, car exhaust and possibly drinking water. Styrene migrates significantly from polystyrene containers into the container’s contents when oily foods are heated in such containers.

    Symbol 7: Other – This is a catch-all category that includes anything that does not come within the other six categories. As such, one must be careful in interpreting this category because it includes polycarbonate – a dangerous plastic – but it also includes the new, safer, biodegradable bio-based plastics made from renewable resources such as corn and potato starch, and sugar cane. Polycarbonate is used in most plastic baby bottles (!), clear plastic “sippy” cups, Nalgene brand and other “sports” water bottles, three and five gallon large water storage containers, metal food can liners, some juice and ketchup containers, compact discs, cell phones, computers. Polycarbonate leaches Bisphenol A (some effects described above), and numerous studies have indicated a wide array of possible adverse effects from low-level exposure to Bisphenol A: chromosome damage in female ovaries, decreased sperm production in males, early onset of puberty, various behavioural changes, altered immune function, and sex reversal in frogs.

    Important Note: Two other types of plastic that fall under code 7 are acrylonitrile styrene (AS) or styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Both AS/SAN and ABS are higher quality plastics with increased strength, rigidity, toughness and temperature and chemical resistance. AS/SAN is used in mixing bowls, thermos casing, dishes, cutlery, coffee filters, toothbrushes, outer covers (printers, calculators, lamps), battery housing. The incorporation of butadiene during the manufacture of AS/SAN, produces ABS, which is an even tougher plastic. ABS is used in LEGO toys, pipes, golf club heads, automotive parts, protective head gear. Our research on risks associated with AS/SAN and ABS is ongoing.

    WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOUR EVERYDAY PLASTIC USE: You may wish to seriously consider your – and especially your children’s – use of plastics numbered 1, 3, 6 and 7 (polycarbonate), all of which have been shown to leach dangerous chemicals. This does not necessarily mean the others are completely safe, just that they have been studied less to date.

    So if you have to use plastic, it is safest to stick to numbers 2, 4, 5 and 7 (other than polycarbonate) whenever possible.

    If an item does not have a plastic code on it, or if the type of plastic is unclear from the code (e.g., with #7, it likely will not say it is polycarbonate), your best bet is to contact the manufacturer and ask them directly what type of plastic was used to make the product.

    Plastic Tips
    Here are some simple tips to help you in working toward a life without plastic, or a life of safer, more informed plastic use.
    1. Avoid polycarbonate (#7) baby bottles and sippy cups. For baby bottles, try and use glass (e.g., Evenflo), polyethylene (e.g., Evenflo, Medela, Playtex) or polypropylene (e.g., Gerber, Medela) instead. Sippy cups made of stainless steel (e.g., Kleen Kanteen), or of polypropylene or polyethylene (e.g., Avent, Evenflo, First Years, Gerber, Playtex) are safer. Be sure to check the bottle or cup to be sure of the type of plastic it contains. As for baby bottle nipples, try and use silicone which does not leach the carcinogenic nitrosamines that can be found in latex.

    2. If you must use polycarbonate (#7) bottles, avoid heating food and drink in the bottle. Heat it in a separate container and transfer it to the bottle once it is warm enough for the child to eat or drink. If the plastic is showing signs of wear – scratched, cloudy – discard the container.

    3. For drinking water, try and avoid plastic bottles. If you do use plastic bottles made from #1 or #2 plastic try not to reuse them as they are intended only for single use. One alternative is a stainless steel water bottle. For storing large quantities of water, glass and stainless steel containers are also available. If you use a #1 water bottle, try to consume the contents as soon as possible because leaching of antimony increases with time.

    4. Try to avoid heating foods in plastic containers, especially in the microwave oven, which can cause the plastic to degrade and leach chemicals faster. As well, leaching increases when plastic comes into contact with oily or fatty foods, or when the plastic is scratched, worn, cracked, or sticky.

    5. Use plastic wraps with caution, especially in the microwave, and try to keep the plastic from touching the food. Alternatives include wax paper or paper towels.
    Try and use alternatives to plastic packaging and storage containers. Cloth, paper or cardboard are possibilities for transporting groceries. Stainless steel and glass food storage containers are available.

    6. Avoid plastic dishes and utensils for meals. Alternatives include glass, ceramic, wood, stainless steel, and lacquer ware. Offer your child or grandchild a non-plastic dish set made of either stainless steel or wood (safely coated using the Japanese lacquer technique).

  103. willowsprite says:

    I was able to return my Avent breast pump ($69.99) and my 6 oz Playtex Avance bottles ($4.47) to Zellers in Hamilton, no problems. I have to keep my 8 oz bottles until I can get new ones. Every store here is out. It’s great that they are refunding us so we are able to buy new stuff.
    Boo- I’m not sure but I’d like to find out. I drink tons of water from mine everyday. The other day as I was finishing a cup of water I noticed that there was a seven sign on the bottom! And this was Tupperware…I thought they were always “safe”…

  104. LPL says:

    I returned 12 AVENT bottles and 3 sippy cups to Zellers yesterday and got $100.00. Even before the whole BPA ban happened, I purchased some born free bottles & nipples (as the bottles only come with stage 1 nipples) and a sippy cup. I also returned my water bottle to Sport Check and bought another one which is BPA-free.

    I am really beginning to think that nothing is safe to eat or use anymore. What’s next?

  105. babymama says:


  106. mamaof1 says:

    I think it’s great that they r taking them back…only one problem. Everyone is in such a panic that there won’t be any bottles left! My daugther will only drink out of her avent nipples ( i tried some glass bottles…no dice) I know that avent sippy cups will fit the nipple…does anyone know if they contain BPA? I also know that gerber gentl flow are the same as avent, but BPA free…but they r out of stock everywhere. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  107. babymama says:


  108. mamaof1 says:

    After much searching, avent magic sippy cups are BPA free….good news for anyone who has a picky baby like mine! I think I am going to use my store credit and just buy the sippy cups now.

    I would also like to put in my 2 cents. Yes, companies like avent and platex willing put BPA in their bottles knowing the risk of chemicals. However, the sad part is is that they only put in the legal “safe” amount and the amount approved by the FDA. There are so many chemicals in our society today that we cannot just put out the fault onto one company or one product. We want the easiest way possibe for everything, and this is the result. It is not the companies fault alone, it is everybodies. I say good for them for recalling their product before they were forced to and I hope it does not ruin their reputations, as avent, along with the others ( tho the focus somehow has been shifted at them) offer some great quality products. Chemicals are societies doing, and we all need to take some blame and responsibity when things like this happen…..

    just my opnion, everyone is entilted to one 🙂

  109. willowsprite says:

    Yes, for sure. It’s too bad we don’t all have little scientists living in our cupboards to do tests on everything we buy! 🙂

  110. willowsprite says:

    Can this be bumped up again? Not everyone knows about it…

  111. HONEYBEE says:


  112. babymama says:

    That’s great news! No point having the pump without the bottles that fit!

  113. crissynfld says:

    Boo Radley
    Apr 24th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Anyone know if Brita filter containers have BPA?

    britA is supposed to be bpa free.

  114. mamaof1 says:

    Returned the Avent Isis Pump and two Playtex Insulator bottles to Toys R Us today. No reciepts and no problems. They are giving store credit at the lowest sale price w/out a reciept……not bad considering the Zellers here wouldn’t take back the pump.

  115. Lamont says:

    That was wierd. I just posted a remark and it went in under the name of mamof1……..which is NOT my screen name……also gave me her email address…..Strange, very strange!

  116. frugiedh says:

    Larmont, that happened to me last week. I posted a comment and it went under the name “Laura”. I have no idea how it happens but be careful the next time you post a comment because it almost happened again for me.

  117. Boo Radley says:

    We’re trying to figure out what’s causing this and fix it.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.

  118. Kari says:

    For those of you returning bottles/pumps, did you need the original box to return them? Thanks! 🙂

  119. Meg1112 says:

    I returned my bottles Avent, playtex advance, nuby and gerber comfort hold bottles to Walmart. I got a $91.00 store credit. Sweet. I have been nursing and still am, so I hardly used any of those bottles.
    So I got my baby girl some summer clothes and shoes.

    Thank you for the post Boo. I did not realize you could return the bottles until I read it on the blog:) Thanks again

  120. Meg1112 says:

    I returned my bottles Avent, playtex advance, nuby and gerber comfort hold bottles to Walmart. I got a $91.00 store credit. Sweet. I have been nursing and still am, so I hardly used any of those bottles.
    So I got my baby girl some summer clothes and shoes.

    Thank you for the post Boo. I did not realize you could return the bottles until I read it on the blog:) Thanks again.

  121. babymama says:

    no you dont need any packaging

  122. Meg1112 says:

    I had no packaging or receipts. They gave me no problems:)

  123. Mindy says:

    Does anyone know where we can return our Nalgene bottles? I have 5 of them and I would like to exchange them for BPA-Free bottles. I returned all of my Avent bottles to Zellers yesterday, and got a store credit for $200. I assume that you can’t return your Nalgene bottle there, because they do not sell them.

  124. Becky says:

    Hello ladies!

    I just wanted to let you know that Avent makes a bottle with drop-ins called Avent Tempo Natural Feeding Nurser. The liners for these bottlesa are 100% BPA free and they are completely compatible with all Avent nipples. This is great for my fussy two month old who doesn’t like any other nipples. Toy’s R Us Sells these bottles in 4 oz and 8 oz varieties. I haven’t found them anywhere else…but this is what I am switching to…

  125. Alex says:

    “To know if your bottle contains Bisphneol A, check the recycling codes (triangles) at the bottom. A code number 7 may (but not necessarily) indicate that it contains Bisphneol A.”

    The large 18 litre plastic water jugs that we purchase from the stores for our home/business water coolers have this number 7 on the bottom. I checked several different brands.
    Does anyone know if they contain Bisphneol A?

    If it does than I wonder if it is wise to drink water from these jugs? Is this water going to be safe for children and the elderly?

    Thanks in advance

  126. Stacey says:

    What do we do with the breast pumps with out the bottles.

  127. katherine says:

    Stores here in winnipeg are no longer taking anything back unless you have a receipt. Since I don’t have a receipt I guess I am out of luck 🙁

  128. Sharina says:

    I just recently bought my son a Kleen Kanteen to replace his avent bottles and did not know about the recall and getting money back until today. I still have the avent bottles, manuel breast pump, warmer, microwave sterilizer and electric sterilizer. Can I still return these, where and is there a deadline as I have no receipts?

  129. J says:

    Just some info to throw out there…
    There is no “recall” at this point. It’s important to remember that the retailers that are accepting returns are doing so at the risk of both their own business and the manufacturer. Unfortunately there are many people taking advantage of this and issuing a store credit may be the only way to try to recoop some of the sales lost.
    Companies are not returning used breast pumps, sterlizers or warmers as there is no direct safety concern. The food is not stored or heated in these items. Babies R Us is still giving credit for the bottles that came with those sets.
    There are bottles that work with the Avent breast pumps. Avent BPA free Magic cups fit and Chicco glass bottles work as well.

  130. Parminder says:


    You can return Avent bottles & steamer at Zellers or Bay store until May 09. May 9th is the last date to retun the bottles without receipt at Zellers. Today I returned some bottles & steamer and got store gift card for $117.00

  131. dsw says:

    J, thank you for sharing the info regarding which bottles fit Avent pumps. I tried my Born Free hoping it would work and had no luck. BTW I (and my daughter) love her Born Free sippy cup. You can change their bottles into a sippy by buying attachments. The soft spout is so easy for a young baby to use. So I will try out the avent magic cup (is this a bottle because I think I have an Avent Magic sippy cup). I’m not sure I will want to use the pump but then again, the milk is only passing through it momentarily and then it can be stored in a BPA free bottle. I had already started to transfer my milk into glass bottles and jars prior to the recall. The bottles are easy enough to deal with. It is the food cans that I am most frustrated with. I want to feed my daughter beans and won’t because of the BPA in the cans. There is extreme heat used during the canning process. And I know I could make my own beans. I think the risk with BPA is greatest with children under 18 months or at least that is what I have read.

  132. patty says:

    I just went to Zellers tonight and was unable to return my Avent bottles. The lady said they stopped taking bottles without the receipt starting last Friday. AND, my bottles didn’t have the 7 that was required for refund.

    Seems like various stores are changing their ‘policies’ ALL the time. Guess I will try Loblaws tomorrow to return my Isis pump and bottles.

  133. Zoe7 says:

    You can return breast pumps to Zellers as well. My sister returned all of her Avent bottles and her manual pump and got an in-store credit worth the last known retail value of the items she returned.

  134. Nicole says:

    The Zellers in our area is only taking things without a receipt until Friday May 9th. After that you will need a receipt. I guess every store is different.

  135. Heather says:

    It is not the stores that are the heroes here. London drigs, Walmart, Zellers….they are giving YOU your money back because AVENT is reimbursing THEM for giving you your money back. You are being reimbursed by Avent…or whatever company…so it is AVENT standing behind their product and looking out for your safety…not your neighborhood drug store.

  136. zazen says:

    I can’t believe I read all the posts here and have made it finally down to the bottom.

    I have to put a few words in here
    I have always worked hard to give my kids the best possible opportunity to succeed and be healthy. So returning these bottles as a statement to the companies that ‘you will will pay for taking advantage of my family’s health for your financial gain’ makes sense to me.
    I have been to Zellers twice this week. I returned 3 breast pumps [Avent which I had because they kept breaking in the same place and ended up with three] along with a few bottles and got a gift card for over 250. I don’t use bottles anymore but wouldn’t hesitate to return them. In fact if I was a real scammer I would shop around at the local second hand stores and get some more to return……blahhh!

    These companies have known for a long time that there are potential risks and made a conscious decision to continue to use this harmful toxin. And lets not forget that these are PLASTIC bottles made in CHINA. They cost about .10cents each to manufacture. They scam us every time we go in and pay 6.99 for a bottle. who cares if someone takes advantage of this loophole. I say go for it…I guess you have a few days till it’s all over. GET BUSY! Hahahah!

    Mom’s buy yourself something really nice that you would never normally afford yourself. Some nice makeup or a new dress!

    I hope you have fun continuing the rants! Other than the few higher than thou folks, I am so happy to have found this website. BPA is to thank for me stumbling across this site!

  137. Kim says:

    I returned my breast pump and bottles to Zellers without a receipt and without a hassle. I have heard that they will only be acceptin returns until tomorrow (May 9th).

  138. Rick says:

    I called Avent to ask if my baby bottles contained BPA because it had a 7 on the bottom and the said yes it does but they said their scientists went over the material and said that there bottles are perfectly fine and they wont be offering any rebates. Now here is a company looking into their almighty dollar and not the health of our nations children. At least some of the stores are given rebates but I already threw mine in the garbage.

  139. Christine says:

    I just called Zellers and their letter from head office I was told said you need a reciept or in new unopen sellable condition.

    And when I called Superstore they never heard of a recall on the pumps

  140. Tara says:

    Today I returned my 7 Avent bottles and manuel breast pump to Sears Polo Park in Winnipeg with no questions asked and no receipt. The lady was extremely nice and gave me a credit of $98.00! Superstore wouldn’t do anything for me even though I had bought all my products from there.

  141. joAnne says:

    I was at Zellers today in Calgary, Market Mall location and they said it is their “new policy” that you must have a recipet in order for them to return the bottles. I bought mine 2 years ago and the slip is long gone. So now I have about 100 bucks worth of bottles that I really can’t bring myself to use on my new baby , due in about a month. I am hoping to breast feed exclusivly, but last time I produced no milk, so there is always that chance I won’t be able to…Anyone have any suggestions?

  142. Jay says:

    Hmm… it looks like I found about about the refund/store credit policy a little too late.

    Does anyone know if any of the stores in Calgary are still accepting refunds on nalgene bottles without a receipt?

  143. Heather says:

    Does anyone know of stores in Edmonton/Sherwood Park still accepting the manual Avent pump and steam sterilizer for store credit? Thanks!

  144. Edwin says:

    I saw in other forum that Sportcheck accepts Nalgene bottles. Someone called their customer services and confirmed that it’s company policy to accept the return. So if the cashier rejects your request, talk to the store manager or have the manager call customer services to verify. Good luck.

  145. Edwin says:


    Have you tried Superstore? I heard someone did got money back from them last week. Not sure if every store would offer refund. Good luck.

  146. meena says:

    May 12th was the dead line I believe. No one is accepting the returns. They denied my new unused bottle as it was not in a package !!!

    They may accept if the bottles are in the original package or sd have a proper receipt to return

  147. Amy says:

    I bought a BPA free sippy cup made by AVent at Zellers and the lids and nipples from the bad bottles fit on it. I also called the AVent company and requested a free sippy cup (BPA free). They will be sending it soon! I guess the nipples and breast pump are fine so I will be using the new safe sippy cups as the bottle part for my next baby due in August.

  148. Christine says:

    I returned a Nalgene bottle a month ago to Sportschek at Markville Mall. You don’t need a receipt, but there is a specific list of bottles that are returnable. Typically, most of the nalgene bottles (narrow or wide mouth) are acceptable. They’ll give you a store credit in return. Hope this helps =)

  149. Jenna says:

    I went to Zellers yesterday and apparently the 15th was the last day they were doing the exchange.

  150. Julie says:

    I went to Zellers on June 21st and they also would not let me exchange them for non-bpa bottles. They said the cutoff of the 15th has passed. They told me to call Avent. I did. They will do nothing. I am stuck with these bottles.

  151. Adele says:

    I just called The Bay where I purchased my 8 baby Avent Baby Bottles and they said that they’re currently not accepting any bottles back unless we have the receipt and they’re still in their boxes. Mine are out the their boxes and not used, and I don’t have the receipt. I just purchased them like four months ago, and my baby still is not even born yet. I haven’t even used any of them and I can’t get any money back for them!!! GRRRRRRRR!

  152. Dejah says:

    Hi I just wanted everyone to know that they are no longer giving out rebates for bottles. They are also no longer giving out free sippy cups or anything. I have been on the phone all day and I get different stories all together. This company is so not worth the trouble. They are rude on the phone and wont get a manager to talk to you at all. They change their stories all the time. When I asked if my bottle was okay becuase I could not find a number they told me they do not make bottles without numbers on it. AFterwards my friend gave me a weblink and i found out why there is no numbers on the bottles…

  153. Meg1112 says:

    Superstore took mine back.
    I had no
    -no packaging
    -they were used/few missing peices

    they had no problem taking mine back. Maybe it depends who you get at the store

  154. Lily says:

    I wasn’t able to return my Nalgene bottles anywhere!!

    But I did order a bpa-free titan water bottle from – it looks cool. We’ll see if it holds up as well as my old nalgene.

    I heard walmart takes back bottles that it carries until Aug 08!

  155. mimi says:

    has anyone noticed that all Heinz ORGANIC baby food in plastic jars are made with BPAs?? They have the number 7 on the bottom! Insane!

  156. Ree says:

    Does anyone know if any stores in KW are still taking bottles and pumps bacl?

  157. Rachel says:

    Mimi, the 7 just means other. Some 7’s have bpa, some don’t. The heinz baby food containers don’t as far as I know.

  158. bearbear says:

    As far as I know, both Toys R Us and Zellers in Kitchener Waterloo will not take bottles back any more.

  159. Mary says:

    I went to Zellers this afternoon to return and ask for a refund of my avent bottles. The store will not take back the bottles. Does anyone know where I can return the bottles and get a refund?

  160. Rachel says:

    I don’t think anyone is taking them back anymore.

  161. Vivien Lee says:

    Does anyone know where to return the advent bottles or ameda pump products?

  162. Roxy says:

    Hey all. I just called my local Babies R Us (in Ottawa) and they are no longer participating in this program. I am not even going to try at Zellers.

    Darn! I wish I had known this back in April.

  163. susan says:

    Hi, Ive been out of the baby loop for a while and now am expecting my 3rd child. I called Avent and they said there is nothing wrong with their bottles and you have to put the bottles in extreme high heat, and even after you sterlize them you wouldnt put milk in them straight away.
    I have no idea, but they wont give me a refund or exchange any of my bottles and they said it was up to individual stores. Im going to call the Bay, Zellers and Walmart as I have loads of bottles, sippy cups and a very expensive pump. What would everyone recommend? As Im going to be replacing everything.
    Thanks for everybodys time.

  164. mememe says:

    This offer was a LONG time ago I don’t think anyone is going to take anything back. You can get the standard BPA free Gerber bottles for really cheap at any major store if that helps.

  165. Rick says:

    Avent does not care about their customers, I just got off the phone with them. The bottles are illegal to sell in Canada, but a recall has not been issued, so they will do nothing for you and the crap that you have bought. I would buy nothing from such a dirty run company.

  166. Rick says:

    I say a class action law suit is needed to get their attention

  167. operagirl says:

    I just tried to take my old Avent bottles back to Zellers last night — too late, they won’t take them back anymore. I just found out recently from a friend that she took all her bottles back in April or May. I think the deadline was back in May. The Zellers employee suggested I contact the company directly, but after reading the messages above, something tells me it will be a wasted effort. Too bad.

  168. Rebeca says:

    Hello Rebeca,

    Thank you for contacting Starbucks.

    Starbucks is committed to providing our customers with safe, high quality and desirable products. We have a rigorous quality assurance program and we adhere to all regulatory requirements. If any issue is found, we react quickly and appropriately to address it.

    We understand that questions have been raised regarding the safety of Bisphenol A (BPA), a component used in the production of polycarbonate plastic. Some of the products Starbucks sells in our stores are made from polycarbonate. Currently, our products fall within the regulatory guidelines of the countries where we do business.

    Though the health agencies in these countries have approved the use of polycarbonate for food and beverage containers, Starbucks is proactively beginning a phase out of water bottles and other merchandise made of polycarbonate. This phase out began in May of 2008. At the same time, we are continuing to evaluate polycarbonate alternatives for Starbucks products.

    I was very sorry to hear about your experience with your tumblers. Although we do not have a standard warranty for our serveware, please allow me to outline our return/exchange policy. Our stores will happily offer a full refund or exchange for the original price paid if the original sales receipt is presented with the merchandise within 60 days of purchase. Also, if the returned item was purchased with cash or a check and the refunded amount is over $25 we will need to issue a refund check which will be mailed within thirty days.

    If you have any other questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call our Customer Relations department at (800) 23-LATTE. Or, email us from

    Thank you again for contacting Starbucks, we really appreciate it.

    Best Regards,

    Dave G.

    Customer Relations

    Starbucks Coffee Company

    If you would like to share your thoughts about your experience with Starbucks Customer Contact Center, please click on the link below to participate in a short survey. Your comments will be used to ensure that any future experiences with Starbucks Customer Contact Center meet your highest expectations.

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