Know Your Plastics
Posted by AMBER LAUR
When designing grabease, choosing plastics that were safe for your child was the highest priority, especially since the utensils would be in their mouths daily. We come across plastic every day in our lives, but it is important to know the difference between various kinds of plastics.
Certain plastics are known to contain toxic chemicals that have negative impacts on human health. Children are particularly vulnerable to these toxic chemicals since their body systems and organs are still developing.
Their bodies are small, so what may be a small dose for an adult may be a big dose with big effects for a child. Young children are also at greater risk since they often insert plastic objects into their mouths.
Baby bottles, sippy cups, teething rings, and toys are often made with phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA). These two toxic ingredients in plastics are of particular concern, as research increasingly shows that these chemicals mimic or suppress hormones (e.g., estrogen and testosterone) and disrupt normal development and growth.