Thursday, 1 May 2008

Scary Plastics...


I posted a while ago about my plastic freak out, & since then we have made the transition from plastic to glass baby bottles. Although glass bottles for babies/kids do have their shortfalls (smash!) & you can buy certain brands that are BPA-free, I am really happy that we have eliminated some more plastic from our lives.

The whole issue of the plastics used in some baby bottles (& particularly the possible danger of toxic chemicals being released when they are heated) has been in the press of late with the decision of the Canadian government to ban the sale of polycarbonate baby bottles because of the possible safety risks.

A while ago I read a fantastic (if a bit scary) article in Kindred Magazine (Dec/Feb edition) on the subject of toxic plastic. Does anyone out there ever look at the little recycling symbols on the bottom of plastic bottles etc? I never paid them much attention until I started reading about plastics & now I am intrigued. Basically plastics are numbered 1 to 7 & it is suggested (to be safe) that you should avoid 3, 6 & 7 with food-eek!

Oh & if you want to buy glass baby bottles & you live in Australia (they are very hard to find here) you can buy them online.

7 comments:

martha said...

have you checked out siliskins or wee-go bottles? they are a silicone cover thing to put over glass bottles. (the weego ones come with a bottle) they are supposed to help with the smash factor.

Sherrin said...

yep, scary stuff... glass is definitely the way to go

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Ohh.. that is scary, but good to know. Tomorrow I'm going out to get myself a good metal refillable water bottle so that I stop using plastic, but hadn't even thought about baby bottles!

zoesquid said...

Im off to check the bottles right now. Thanks for the tip!

gryb said...

I agree with all this too. My mum always insisted I use glass bottles for the kids and glass containers for food, which I do now too. Sigg bottles are great too for kids water. I must admit food/drink does taste better when served in glass or ceramic. The plastic stuff eeks me out a bit now.

Corrie said...

uh oh!!!!!! I was kind of hoping to reuse my bottles but better go check them out! I can't see myself getting glass though with miss keira around

thanks for letting us know because I had no idea!
Corrie:)

alexandra said...

How bizarre - I went through the same thing just last week after reading about BPA. I visited www.ecochild.com.au - they have the glass bottles too - and most pharmacies can order the Happy Baby glass ones if you ask them. I threw out all our Avent stuff. Creepy - and scary that the Australian media has barely caught onto this at all.