Spooked By The Latest Plastic Health Scare? Here Are 5 Of The Best Worry-Free Products To Switch To ASAP

This week’s plastics scare is pretty worrying. Apparently even those BPA-free products touted as being super-safe have a mounting body of evidence suggesting they could be a time-bomb health hazard. Bad news for, well, pretty much all of us. I can’t think of many parents who don’t have a stack of Tupperware, plastic sippy cups or baby bottles crowding their cupboards.

But there’s legion of eco-friendly, plastic-free, and as it happens super-stylish alternatives to the kid paraphernalia we use every day. We scooped the net, read the reviews and quizzed friends – many of whom admitted they’ve been avoiding plastic in items like sippy cups for years. Here’s our lazy persons guide to the some of the easy switches you can make.lifefactory

1) The all-in-one (glass) bottle. Life Factory bottles are designed to last through an entire childhood as the tops are interchangeable; a silicon nipple for milk, a sippy attachment for toddlers and finally a simple bottle top. Each is fashioned from french-made glass with a protective silicon outer shell. 9oz baby bottles (with two nipple attachments) $16.99; lifefactory.com. We also love the stainless steel versions on this theme from Pura which also come with a host of attachments and have the bonus of being totally indestructible.

weck jars2) The Euro canning classic. Weck jars may look delicate but, thanks to fitted rubber seals and rust-proof metal clips, are in fact wonderfully sturdy and practical. They’re also a total and utter bargain and will get you enviable glances from deco-savvy pals: these little jars are a bonfide German design classic. Set of 12 jars, $27.96; williams-sonoma.com

pyrex3) The vintage find, that’s still as good as ever. Retro Pyrex dishes are ideal for people trying to nix the plastic from their kitchen, recycle and also make for a worry-free alternative to plastic storage. They are obviously not as air-tight as tradition plastic food storage but for big dishes and food that doesn’t need to keep for days on end, they’re a perfect solution. Prices vary; etsy.com/shop/sassboxclassics

lunch bots4) The 21st century lunchbox. The brainchild of Cali mother Jaquline Linder, who was worried about the effects of plastic containers leaching into her families food, Lunch Bots are all made from highest quality, food grade 18/8 stainless steel and come in a kaleidoscope of colors. Metal lunch boxes, $17.00, lunchbots.comanchor hocking15) The home-grown original. Anchor Hocking have been churning out beautiful, USA-made glassware for more than 100 years (and still make everything from one of their two bases in Lancaster, Ohio and Monaca, Pennsylvania.) We love their simple clear glass storage. Bake ‘N’ Store Dishes, from $12.00 each; oneida.com

8 Comments on Spooked By The Latest Plastic Health Scare? Here Are 5 Of The Best Worry-Free Products To Switch To ASAP

  1. AngelaT
    March 6, 2014 at 9:50 am (3 years ago)

    I read that article from mother jones from start to finish and was mortified. its a disgrace, and makes me so angry. The fact that lots of these being corporations are trying to HIDE the dangers in these plastic products is even more upsetting. Angela (mom to twins and now on a rampage on the plastic in our house!!!!)

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  2. Susie
    March 6, 2014 at 10:02 am (3 years ago)

    Great solutions guys – thx

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  3. UTember
    March 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm (3 years ago)

    plastic is pretty worrying stuff IMO. we’ve been avoiding for years. buying milk in glass bottles, even avoiding food that comes in food packaging and always steering clear of things like bottled water. you have no idea how long it’s been sitting there stewing. my gut feeling has always been that there’s something not safe about it and here’s yet another bit of evidence that i was right. i just hope it convinces others. i’ve lost 5 family members to cancer and i think the toxicity of things like plastics being used so much in our food preparation is to blame in part. just my personal opinion

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  4. frankiePHD!
    March 10, 2014 at 10:32 am (3 years ago)

    i really do worry about the impact of all this decades from now. i think we are the test mice for all this new technology

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  5. han
    March 11, 2014 at 10:52 am (3 years ago)

    like the look of those bowls. and the lunch boxes. : )

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  6. poppy
    March 20, 2014 at 8:57 am (3 years ago)

    thanks for this – i really had no idea that plastics were so bad. i’m going to switch to those glass bottles.

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  7. lindieor
    March 27, 2014 at 11:37 am (3 years ago)

    we’ve been using life factory bottles from the start and they are BRILLIANT. so easy to clean and durable and the colors are easy to spot in a mess!

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