While you may be prepared to compromise on using plastic and material harmful to the environment in your everyday life, you may not be so willing to compromise on your new baby’s health and safety. Plastic products are so commonly available and advertised on the market that it seems like the only and best choice. There are however plenty of healthy, eco-friendly alternatives to plastic. Using these alternatives for your baby is a great way to begin an eco-friendly and chemical free lifestyle.
What you need to know about plastic
Plastic is non-biodegradable and harmful to the environment. It is also unsafe because it is made from harmful chemicals that leach chemicals, such as polyvinyl chloride and polystyrene over time. This means plastic bottles need to be replaced over time, further impacting on environmental degradation.
If you’ve been shopping around for your new baby you may have come across the term BPA or Bisphenols. Bisphenols has been found in baby bottles and other products and can be harmful to your baby.
BPA products are banned in a lot of places around the world, but plastic is still a synthetic material, which means that manufacturers can use alternative chemicals which may not be restricted or of which the long-term effects on humans are not yet known. Many plastic products now contain an un-banned substance, bisphenol-S or BPS which is less biodegradable than BPA and thus worse for the environment. Although studies into the effects of leaching chemicals on humans are limited, preliminary results show that BPA is related to cancer and diabetes.
Plastic may seem like the most convenient option out there but there are some exciting eco-friendly alternatives on the market.
People tend to shy away from using glass bottles for obvious reasons; they break easily and once cracked, become vulnerable to bacteria. Sturdy glass can also be heavy uncomfortable to use. There are nevertheless a few good reasons to switch to glass bottles. Most importantly, glass bottles are BPA free and safe from chemicals. That means they last longer than plastic and saves you money.
Also, thanks to its non-porous surface, glass is easier to clean and sterilize. Glass is also non-absorbent when temperature changes and will be fine in boiling water. Parents often opt to use glass baby bottles at home and plastic when traveling, but glass is a healthy and eco-friendly choice. Even though it breaks easier than plastic, the material is recyclable and not petroleum based.
To avoid glass breaking, some bottles come with a durable silicon sleeve.
Although not conventionally the material associated with new-born babies, stainless steel is a more durable alternative to glass. Steel bottles have the added benefit of regulating the temperature of the liquid inside. Steel is, however, a bit heavier than plastic.
Silicon has long been used to make nipples and teats for baby bottles and recently, a range of bottles made entirely from silicon has emerged. The medial grade silicon used to make the bottles is non-toxic and highly flexible. It is also not as porous as plastic. Silicon is also a natural product made from plant material.
Using plastic free products is great for the environment and for your baby’s health. You may even want to reconsider using plastic products altogether. Raising eco-conscious children is a great first step in changing mentality about plastic and harmful environmental practices in the future.