Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday's Fabulous Finds

Glass Containers For   Foods & Drinks

 This "Friday’s Fabulous Find" is Glass Containers! 

Glass containers are one way that can help prevent diseases and sicknesses from happening in the first place. Plastic is dangerous. It really isn't new information but it is important information that we should not take lightly. It is not just what we are eating and drinking that affects our health, but also what our drinks and foods are coming in contact with. This includes storage containers, water bottles, canned food, baby bottles, plastic wrap, milk jugs and the list goes on.  

Plastic containers are composed of chemicals that can leak out and into our food and drink. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), also known as vinyl, is a synthetic product widely used in the production of plastic bottles due to its versatility. PVC leaks a softening chemical called phthalate. The most well-known plastic toxin is bisphenol A. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in the production of polycarbonate plastics, which are used in food and drink packaging.

These chemicals found in plastics can mimic estrogen in the body and really mess up your hormones. Below are just a few of the health risks. 

  •  Interference of puberty
  •  Breast cancer
  •  Cardiovascular disease
  •  Diabetes
  •  Liver-enzyme abnormalities
  •  Infertility
  •  Obesity
  •  Disrupts the endocrine system 
  •  Potential effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children

 Since 1988 plastic bottles have been identified by "resin identification code" in a chasing arrow symbol (often found on the bottom of the product).
 PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate): AVOID
Common Uses: Soda Bottles, Water Bottles, Cooking Oil Bottles
Concerns: Can leach antimony and phthalates.
 HDPE (High Density Polyethylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Milk Jugs, Plastic Bags, Yogurt Cups
 PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride, aka Vinyl): AVOID
Common Uses: Condiment Bottles, Cling Wrap, Teething Rings, Toys, Shower Curtains
Concerns: Can leach lead and phthalates among other things. Can also off-gas toxic chemicals.
 LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Produce Bags, Food Storage Containers
 PP (Polypropylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Bottle Caps, Storage Containers, Dishware
 PS (Polystyrene, aka Styrofoam): AVOID
Common Uses: Meat Trays, Foam Food Containers & Cups
Concerns: Can leach carcinogenic styrene and estrogenic alkylphenols
 Other this is a catch-all category which includes:
PC (Polycarbonate): AVOID - can leach Bisphenol-A (BPA). It also includes ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), SAN (Styrene Acrylonitrile), Acrylic, and Polyamide. These plastics can be a safer option because they are typically very durable and resistant to high heat resulting in less leaching. Their drawbacks are that they are not typically recyclable and some need additional safety research. New plant-based, biodegradable plastics like PLA (Polylactic Acid) also fall into the #7 category.

It is much safer to store our foods and drinks in glass.
Below are a few websites that sell glass containers for food 
& drink storage, including baby bottles!

The Glass Baby Bottle

Innobaby Keepin' Fresh Glass Food Storage Containers :: 150ml, 2-Pack Glass, Green and Yellow

Innobaby Keepin' Fresh Glass Food Storage Containers  

Be Kind Silisipper Glass Sippy Cup :: Carolina Sky, Picardie 7.4oz

            Be Kind Silisipper Glass Sippy Cup

Wean Green Glass Wean Bowls :: Set of 2, Carrot
Wean Green Glass Wean Bowls
Born Free Glass Baby Bottles with Bonus Sleeve :: 5oz, 3-pack with bonus sleeve

Born Free Glass Baby Bottles with Bonus Sleeve 5oz

Cocoozy Classic Cover :: Small Wide Neck; Guitar
 Cocoozy Classic Cover

Sur La Table logo

  • Anchor Hocking Glass Storage Containers


Kinetic Glass lock 

Rectangular Glass Food-Storage Containers 

with Locking Lids, Set of 3

The Container Store® - The Original Storage and Organization Store®

Emma Glass Jar

9 oz. Glass & Silicone Water Bottle

Glasslock Squares
Provides a Silicone lid which has no pvc, bpa, or polyethylene

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