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The Dangers of Plastic

Most of us use plastic every day without realizing the dangers of plastic, even if it is bpa free.

Plastic is Everywhere!

Here’s the deal, every day we are using plastic food containers, water bottles (both disposable and reusable), kitchenware (mixing spoons, spatulas, etc.), personal care products (toothpaste tubes, shampoo bottles, etc.) and the list goes on!

Sadly, most kids products have a plastic component too. When you think about all the plastic toys, bottles, sippy cups, wipes containers and more, it really makes you think. Don’t get me wrong, we own tons of plastic toys and my kids use plastic water bottles, but we do try to avoid plastic when we can.

It Goes Beyond BPA Free

But have you ever thought about how certain plastics could be harming the health of you and your family? They are also extremely harmful to the environment. In my household, I try to avoid plastic all together. Even though there are better plastic choices that are bpa free, all plastics contain chemicals of some kind.

The plastics you should avoid all together are plastics number 3, 6 and 7. The safer plastics are numbers 1,2, 4 and 5. You can locate this number on the bottom of your plastics.

Today, children’s cups and bottles are supposed to be made with the safer plastics, but you should still always be aware. Those bargain items like products at the dollar store are one of the biggest culprits.

From shampoo bottles to water bottles, many of our daily essentials are made with the more harmful plastics such as numbers 3, 6 and 7. These toxic plastics are linked to cancer, hormonal imbalances and other scary, life-threatening problems. Think twice when you and your family use plastic.

Healthier Options

When possible, switch from plastic food containers to glass ones, plastic water bottles to stainless steel ones and plastic cups to glass cups or mason jars. I cannot seem to convince my kids that stainless steel water bottles are cool, but I do use them myself. We also love our stainless steel bento boxes for snacks.

Also, many kids toys are made of plastic. Think about wooden options the next time you buy toys and other kids products. I love seeing the wooden toys coming back and becoming more desirable. I hope they are here to stay!

Most of us use plastic every day without realizing the dangers of plastic, even if it is bpa free. Think about baby toys, sippy cups, tupperware and more.
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