With the current eco-conscious trend that’s happening, more parents are becoming aware of the harmful chemicals that can be found in tons of products for the home and for baby. Plastics are one of the most concerning materials out there, and they are used in the manufacture of several children’s products. Plastics have been shown to leach chemicals throughout their use. The most concerning plastics are those labeled #3 polyvinyl chloride, which contain phthalates, #6 polystyrene and #7 polycarbonates which contain BPA. Still, even BPA-free plastics have some cause for concern. That’s why I believe that glass is the best material to use for baby bottles. Here are my top reasons why glass baby bottles are better than plastic.
1. Plastics contain bisphenols and phthalates.
Bisphenols are chemicals found in many plastic products often used today. It is also found in dental sealants, linings for canned foods, microwave ovenware, flame retardants, floorings, nail polishes, enamels, varnishes and much more. According to the CDC, over 90% of Americans have bisphenols in their urine. In animal studies, even low levels of bisphenols have been linked to cancer, diabetes, reproductive disorders and miscarriages.
Phthalates are the softening agents of plastics and they’re what make plastics more durable. Phthalates have also been used in many baby products, including teethers. The concern is that studies show this chemical has been linked with malformation of the reproductive tract, decreased semen quality, cancer and damage to liver, kidneys and other organs.
2. BPA-free does not necessarily mean bisphenol free.
BPA is short for bisphenol-A, which many manufacturers have stopped using in their products. However, some of them are instead using an equally toxic chemical called bisphenol-S (BPS). BPS has been shown to have similar hormone-mimicking traits as BPA, and it’s suggested that the chemical is significantly less biodegradable. That means it can accumulate in the body for a longer period of time and remain in the environment.
3. Glass is easier to clean than plastic.
Glass has a surface that is non-porous, unlike plastic. Therefore, glass does not absorb food and germs like plastic can. It is also safe and resistant to the high temperature of your dishwasher.
4. Glass makes food and drink taste better.
While plastic holds onto odors and tastes, glass will repel these so your food and drinks have a fresher taste. Anything that is reheated in glass will also taste better and have a better consistency than when it is reheated in plastic.
5. Glass is better for the environment.
80% of recycled glass can be reclaimed because the quality of the glass is not compromised. Plastic has a rather inefficient recycling process contributing to landfill. Glass can be used for storage indefinitely so you never need to throw it away.
6. Glass saves you money.
Although on the first purchase glass will be more expensive than plastic, it’s the better long-term investment since you can use it indefinitely. You’ll end up saving money in the long run.
Written by Christine Barlow, Inventor of 5 Phases Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle System
Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.
5 Phases is dedicated to helping families achieve a healthier and organic lifestyle. Starting with baby, they develop products keeping both the environment and health of your family in mind. And when it comes to your baby nothing else will do – Christine knows, she’s a mom too!
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