Lately the news has provided us with more and more articles regarding how just going simply “BPA-free” isn’t the answer when addressing plastic and toxins. While you can use yee-ole-Google and find many for yourself, here are a few I found interesting and helpful:
Plastic is not Fantastic
How and why to go Plastic Free
I started slowly going through these efforts at home starting with baby bottles. Eleanor went onto glass baby bottles at about 6 months of age. I simply added a silicone sleeve so I wouldn’t drop them and they were just as easy to clean as plastic. Bonus: No warping in the dishwasher!
I would say the last 3 months I have made a larger effort to get us as close to plastic free as possible.
First step was storage containers. When I get home from the store I transfer as much as I can from plastic containers to these glass storage containers:
I discovered quickly that the food stayed fresh much longer. This includes pre-peeled garlic, bacon, etc.
Next I went to work on the kids dishes. They primarily eat off of silicone or metal plates.
I also focused on what they drink out of since that one concerns me the most. Kleen Kanteen has been a real winner around here for water bottles and I love that they make a toddler spout!
I also use these neat silicone slip overs on metal cups as a sippy. Amazing.
The next tricky part was food storage. I found that the cloth re-usable snack bags didn’t keep crackers from going stale. I always keep a stash of graham crackers for my daughter so this was a big deal for me to solve.
Thanks to an instagram ad (i am such a sucker) I ordered a few of these silicone baggies.
I LOVE THESE. They seal and keep food fresh and are soft and easy to throw in my purse or weekend bag.
All my plastic mixing bowls and spoons are gone and we now only have glass or ceramic bowls and silicone or wood cooking utensils.
Changes I am working on include actually taking the mesh veggie bags to the store or remembering to transfer to them once we are home.
I am digging for a glass ventilated produce keeper for strawberries as well.
My husband loves his Tervis so I didn’t get rid of those. Otherwise we drink out of Yeti’s or glasses.
The only pain I have found is heating up food for the kids – I can’t just throw their food in the microwave on a metal plate! So I heat it up on a glass plate and transfer it. My son is old enough at 6 1/2 to eat off breakable plates so I mainly do this for our energetic toddler!
What are your thoughts or ideas on plastic free?
P.S. These are all my opinions as I try different products. None of these companies paid me for endorsements!