I’ve always been a bit suspicious of plastics that touch my food. Especially hot food. Whether it’s plastic cling wrap or leftovers being heated in the microwave, something never felt right.
For a while, I used glass Pyrex dishes to reheat my lunch. But then the lids cracked, or stopped sealing tightly and someone gave me a bunch of food in Gladware that I just kept reusing.
But now I have little people to take care of. And the recent controversy about cancer-causing BPA in baby bottles leaching into milk has reawakened my awareness and desire for plastic-free eating.
Kids use a lot of plastic. From the Avent bottles to Gerber dishes and whatever-brand-they-are spoons and forks. Plus the sippy cups. And baby food processor. And everything.
It’s a confusing world out there in Plastic Land. Which are OK, which are possibly harmful? And why don’t all of my plastic containers have numbers on them? If they don’t want to tell me what it is…what does that mean?
Here’s what I’ve learned: #s 1, 2, 4 and 5 are OK. #s 3, 6 and 7 are bad.
Why does Gerber sell their organic baby food in #7 containers? I’m making the effort and expense to buy organic food for my child. I didn’t order it with a side of cancer, thank you.
Also, polypropelene = good, polycarbonate= bad. At least I think that’s right. Let me check the notes I wrote on the fridge.
Thanks to Z Recommends for that info.
I haven’t yet figured out if all of the various plastic items we use are OK or not. Berry’s Avent bottles are going, to be replaced with some of the Born Free variety. Our Take and Toss sippy cups are polypropelene and OK, but the First Years sippy cups that Duncan favors say nothing on the bottom.
The Nuby’s? I’m not sure. Duncan used to drink warm milk out of those — heated up in the microwave — and I was planning on using them for Berry when she gets to that point. At least I have 5 months to do my research.
It may seem like overkill. But we eat as much organic food as possible — especially the kids — to reduce our exposure to pesticides, antibiotics and other things we don’t want in our bodies. Yeah, we have a thousand plastic toys (hopefully not painted with lead paint) and live in an old house (I’m signed up for a lead abatement workshop this week). But I believe that the little things we do make a difference. And you have to start somewhere.