Monday, April 6, 2009
The use of plastic in our everyday life is something I had never given much thought to until about a year and a half ago when I starting caring for a 10 month old little boy whose parents are young ecologic/hippie type of people who are very concerned about what their child is exposed to. This child used nothing but glass baby bottles, a stainless steel sippy bottle and any food brought was contained in pyrex glass containers. It was about this time that I started hearing on the news about the dangers of heating plastic baby bottles due to the releases of harmful quantities of Bisphenol A (BPA) into the milk. I was glad that I had used glass bottles for my children when they were babies, 25-30 years ago. At that time glass was all that was available to me as they were passed down to me by my sister who had older children and I expect that they had been passed on to her by family or friends. (We were eco minded when eco wasn't cool.)
Plastic is every where and it would be impossible to eliminate it, but we can reduce our exposure to it. I have stopped reusing plastic food containers for storing food and have been using paper to wrap lunches and have been replacing plastic bowls and food containers with glass or stainless steel. Most of my dry foods ie. grains, nuts, beans, rice, pasta, flour etc. I put into glass bottles when I bring it home from the store. I have tossed my plastic water bottle and replaced it with a steel Klean Kanteen.