MONTPELIER, VT. — The Vermont Public Interest Research Group plans to distribute a few hundred glass baby bottles to consumers, after a story in Consumer Reports said that a harmful additive to polycarbonate baby bottles can leach out when they are heated.
VPIRG plans to start distributing the bottles May 3, and has several dozen orders from parents who cannot find glass bottles in the state, said Executive Director David Rapaport. VPIRG said it will charge enough to cover its costs.
``I don't know that it will be more than a few hundred bottles,'' he said. ``Hopefully we will engender the glass market in Vermont.''
Baby bottles also are made of polyethylene, but Rapaport said VPIRG decided not to distribute PE bottles because it can be difficult to tell them apart from polycarbonate.
``It's difficult to give consumers a measure that is really helpful to them about polyethylene because they can't differentiate it on the shelves,'' he said.