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.
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.
2) 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
3) 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
4) 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.com5) 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