Do you ever start researching something and wish you hadn’t because you want to stay oblivious to the truth because the facts are scary? That is how I have been feeling as I have been learning more about plastics this week with EcoMom. On the other hand, I am SO glad that I am finding out these issues now and I can slowly get rid of the bad and accumulate the good in my home.
Today I want to focus on why you should use stainless steel over plastic containers. When I began to “go green” many years ago, I bought reusable plastic water bottles for all of us to take with us whenever we left the house. I also grabbed some cheap Wonder Bread sandwich boxes for my kid’s lunches. I thought I was saving the planet! What I didn’t know was I was potentially harming our health.
Studies have indicated that food and drinks stored in such containers, like the ones I was using, can contain trace amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical that interferes with the body’s natural hormonal messaging system. Plastic contains chemical additives. Some of these chemicals can leach out through tiny cracks and crevices that develop from normal wear and tear like being bumped and dropped, or even just from being washed on a regular basis. Into your food/drink they go. Even sunlight or heat in general softens the plastic and easily allows unwanted substances to come through.
There have been reports that this leaching may increase the risk of birth defects, some hormone related illnesses, such as prostate and breast cancers and may cause developmental delays. Yes developmental delays! Most baby bottles and sippy cups are made with plastics containing BPA.
Why is stainless steel so good?
It is very durable! It won’t chip or crack easier and does not soften when exposed to heat.
It is not made with BPA or any other harmful chemical. In fact it’s made with 60% recycled materials!
It has an excellent life expectancy with proper care and it is totally 100% recyclable!
And best of all? It makes your food & water TASTE better!
Now I want to talk about a great company that specializes in eco-friendly baby products – EcoMom!
I got to try out the Kid Basix Safe Sippy. Its features include :
Body made of durable, lightweight food grade 304 stainless steel
Spout made of BPA and phthalate free plastic
Handles for easy grip, removable and made with BPA and phthalate free plastic
Waist tapered for more easy grip solutions
Sleeve made of Thermo Plastic Rubber (TPR), provides protection when dropped and insulation for hot and cold liquids
And best of all ~ a straw adaptor that instantly converts from a sippy cup to a straw bottle!
Would you like to get a few holiday gifts too? They have TONS of eco-friendly products including toys, clothes, food, anything you need!
One more thing I want to tell you about while we’re talking about discounts. EcoMom has a new program called EcoPass. For a $99 annual membership fee, you will receive a 15% discount on EVERY order as well as FREE shipping. We love our discounts!
How would you like to WIN a stainless steel product from EcoMom? Or any product of your choice? EcoMom is nice enough to give you $15 to spend any way you like! Wahoo!