Study shows BPA toxins in sports bras and sports shirts

AUSTIN (Nexstar) – On Wednesday, the Center for Environmental Health sent legal notices to 11 brands making sports bras and sports shirts after a study found there may be high levels of bisphenol. A (BPA) in clothing.

BPA is a chemical used to make plastics and can be used in the manufacture of polyester.

Currently, the FDA has received petitions regarding BPA in clothing products from environmental groups. Groups have expressed concerns about BPA in polyester-based clothing that contains spandex.

“Sports bras and sports shirts can be worn for hours on end, so it’s concerning to find such high levels of BPA in our clothes,” the CEH press release reads.

Although BPA is found in many everyday products, it has been linked to a host of health issues including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.

The legal notice listed the test results, which may indicate that wearers of the garments could be safely exposed to up to 22 times BPA, by California law standards. The notice asks brands to reformulate their products to remove all bisphenols, including BPA, and gives companies 60 days to work with CEH.

A few states have bans or regulations regarding the use of BPA in products, Texas is not one of those states, according to

Sports bra brands include:

  • All in Motion (Target)
  • Athlete
  • Asics
  • streams
  • FILA
  • Nike
  • PINK (Victoria’s Secret)
  • The north face

Activewear shirt brands include:

  • Athlete
  • streams
  • Mizuno
  • New balance
  • Reebok
  • The north face

Nexstar has contacted the brands involved in the disclaimer and has received feedback from one so far.

“The safety of our customers is our top priority. We have strict testing requirements and high standards for all materials in our products. BPA is a prohibited substance on the Brooks Restricted Substance List (RSL),” a Brooks representative said. “We have no reason to believe that any of our products fail to meet any health/safety standards, but out of an abundance of caution we are working urgently to investigate these claims.”

You can visit their Corporate Responsibility Transparency Page which provides additional information about environmental standards and Brooks’ responsible chemicals program.

The CEH has not received a response from the listed companies.

Denise W. Whigham