Plastic Alternatives in the Household

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Plastic is awful. I mean, it’s convenient and is easy to use and comes in all kinds of fun colors and patterns to seduce us, but underneath all that flirtation is a big skull and crossbones. I know, but my plastic is BPA free! Ok, good for your plastic. But scary new research has come out reporting that “almost all” commercially available BPA free plastics that were tested leached synthetic estrogens—even when they weren’t exposed to conditions known to unlock potentially harmful chemicals, such as the heat of a microwave, the steam of a dishwasher, or the sun’s ultraviolet rays. According to research, some BPA-free products actually released synthetic estrogens that were more potent than BPA. AH!!!

Okay, so I glance in my pantry and see that although I know I shouldn’t really be using plastics, I still have quite a bit that I use on a regular basis. Damn. Baby bottles,pumping bottles, plates with dividers, snack bowls, straw cups, you name it. All they’re just staring up at me like one big toxic problem. And you know what, it was so easy to get rid of this junk and trade it out for something much easier, better looking, cleaner, and HEALTHIER! Here are the ways you can go plastic free in your home right now. It takes all of 5 minutes of internet shopping and one trip to Goodwill to get rid of the junk.

1) Toddler straw cups – This was a big one for us because we use them not only for water, but for smoothies as well. So I easily switched him to drinking only from his Froogo Straw cup he uses for school. Easy. This is not only a great stainless steel cup, it is one of the only ones I have found that doesn’t leak!

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But he can’t drink a smoothie or juice out of this beauty. So I went on amazon to find something else. Then I stumbled upon these:

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Tops for the glass cups I already have at home! What a cheap and clutter free fix! And now for the last straw:

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Stainless steel straws. We can use them, the kids can use them, no more waste and no more toxic chemicals pulsing through our veins. And only a few classic items needed to keep from cluttering my kitchen the way plastics used to.

2) Bottles and Pumping Bottles – This was also equally easy to fix. Lifefactory has such a great selection of glass bottles that are good looking and healthy for baby. And because they make them in a standard size, feel free to pump and store directly into the bottle itself!

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3) Baby Spoons – Plastic plastic plastic. All of them. Everywhere you look. Well, thank god for the internet. Here ya go:

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Oneida Flatware Paul Rever Child and Baby Feeding Spoons, $12 set of 4. All you need. Downsize, these will last a lifetime.

4) Snack Containers and Small Bowls – Literally, so easy and so much better looking. Mira set of 3 Stainless Steel Snack Containers. Boom.

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5) Lunchbox and On the go Meals – I have a post about this already, but why not write about this product one more time. PlanetBox makes these beauties:

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They have a variety of cases, some with cute designs and some classics. All colors. You can get fun magnets to put on the bottom of the tray so they are excited to eat and see the rockets or stars underneath all their food. This lasts forever, they can use this for 10 years. It isn’t like the plastic crap we throw away after all the wear and tear. It’s great for taking out for a day of meals when you go to the beach or the zoo. If I had a thousand thumbs, they would all be up. I had 2 kinds of lunch boxes before and was using the plastic one, but have now gotten rid of it and am pledging to go plastic free for these kids of mine.

6) Cereal Bowls – Of course they can always use yours, but hardwood or tile floors can make that a scary place for broken ceramic. So, here are some great Prep Bowls I found. These are a little more because they come with lids, which I love because it can be used instead of Tupperware. But there is a wide variety of cheaper ones without lids you can choose from as well!

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So that’s the skinny on the easy stuff. Are you ready to go die hard? Read on if you are ready to Exorcise completely and go balls to the wall.

* Sandwich Bags: There are girly ones too.

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* Plastic Toys – Obviously this is a tough one, but if you have a baby who puts everything in their mouth this is the post for you. Just switch baby toys out for a wood alternative. Melissa & Doug are my favorite company because they use wood and cloth, no plastic. They are a little pricey, but if you live near an IKEA they have very low cost wooden and cloth toys as well.

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Plastic Covered Food – Ew. Yuck. It’s sad to see this beautiful Red Pepper covered in gross plastic. Oh yeah, and our cereal, and our cheese, and our EVERYTHING! I know it’s impossible to avoid completely BUT you can opt to chose the plastic free option when available. Also, if your local store offers your foods in bulk, go for it. It saves the environment and hasn’t leached any hormones into your food. It’s clean!!!

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* Plastic Bags – These are my all-time favorite zip lock and kitchen bags available, and I have tried many.

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So many pictures and links, so little time. Hope this post inspires you to cleanse the junk away and begin life again with a fresh and healthy start! Enjoy!




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