One of the things that people usually don't realize is the fact that the equipment they are using might not be as safe for their health as they are thought to be. Bisphenol A is a plastic softener which has been found to be very hazardous to ones health in multiple studies, and it is still used in the majority of plastic based products that can be found. Generally plastics which are labeled with numbers 1,2,4,5 and 6 are considered to be free of BPA, but unfortunately this isn't the case. These are types of plastic that are not likely to contain BPA but it is not a guarantee that they are free from it.
Cookware is often made of soft plastic, which in this case has a big risk to contain BPA even if it is labeled as one of the previously mentioned types of plastic. These days if the manufacturer advertises the product as BPA free, you can be quite sure that it doesn't contain it, that is the only way to be even close to sure that it doesn't contain BPA. Unfortunately there are quite a lot of bad examples in this area, when the manufacturers have been claiming the product is made of a plastic that doesn't contain this softener, and in closer examination it has been found in the product. This makes us trust the manufacturers even less.
Food containers are often made of plastic, and they are also soft as they need to be water tight and leak proof. We use them so that we place hot food inside them and let them cool before we place them inside the fridge. BPA is most leaked from plastic when it is heated, and this is exactly how food containers are often used. This makes finding food containers that don't contain BPA an important issue.
The safest way to be sure that you get cookware and even BPA free food containers is to make sure that they contain zero plastic. There are numerous manufactures who have noticed there is a demand for stainless steel products, and they are making high quality products which match and beat their plastic counterparts in usability, durability and price. The more people choose to buy these products, the more of them there will be. If you are worried about bisphenol A, you should stop purchasing plastic products and move on to stainless steel and wood.
By choosing which products you buy, you will be able to reduce the toxic load that you get in your own home, but you can't control what others use. A good example is the coffee maker at your workplace - is it made of plastic? Does it contain BPA?