So what should I feed my kids with/off of? (dishes, sippy cups, utensils…in other words, BPA confusion)
The Soft Landing Shopping Guides are like gold. Also see their BPA, PVC and Phthalate-free Food Storage Containers guide. I can’t say enough good things about the moms behind The Soft Landing and will be forever grateful for their guidance and expertise when I was first searching for safer options. Glass is our first choice, followed by stainless steel, and then plastic last. We prefer to use plastic items with 1,2, 4 and 5 on the bottom, and avoid codes 3,6, and 7. We do not microwave with saran wrap or with any plastic for that matter to avoid leeching of chemicals. We try to avoid canned foods as the cans are usually lined with BPA. We do not cook with nonstick coated cookware due to the PFOA.
What toy brands should I buy and how do I compromise for the really good toys? How do I know what is safe?
I’ve kept track of the CPSC Recalls over the years, and boy is it eye-opening. Don’t ever assume that toys are safe because they are on the shelf. You really have to do your research and I have spent countless hours on hold with customer service representatives. Some brands I trust/love are Green Toys, Haba, LEGO, Miyim, Little Tikes, and Tegu. Things to look for include real untreated wood (no composite or plywood), BPA-free, PVC-free and pthalate-free plastics, stringent testing standards on coatings and paints, avoiding fire-retardant chemicals in fillers of seats/stuffed animals, etc. (look for a tag like this), a commitment to safety plastered across their websites detailing their policies, and so much more.
How does eating organic impact us? Our bodies? Our environment?
P.S. This is a working list of ways to live greener and cleaner, and I will be adding more to it as it comes to me (usually around 4 a.m.)