Why is using BPA-free plastic so important14/04/2012

To find out the answer you need to understand what BPA is. BPA is the primary ingredient in polycarbonate plastic. It is a chemical used in the manufacture of plastics, including plastic drinking bottles, baby bottles and cups. BPA is what causes that plastic taste in your mouth after you take a sip from your child's cup or bottle. BPA is believed to affect the brain as well as prostate glands and many people choose to avoid it. It is such a concern that The Endocrine Society has labelled BPA as an endocrine-disrupting chemical, and the National Toxicology Program states some concern about current levels of BPA exposure. Because BPA was commonly used in plastic containers that were microwaved or otherwise heated, it was leeching into food and drink at a level many people were uncomfortable with.

Smiling Planet BPA-free platesSo how can you avoid BPA exposure?

One way to avoid BPA in plastics is to avoid purchasing plastics labelled with a number 7 or 3 recycling symbol, as plastics with other recycling numbers do not use BPA in their manufacture. Right now there are also many manufacturers currently labelling their plastics as BPA-free. The major producers of baby bottles and toddler cups ceased manufacturing products containing BPA as of January 2009, but cups, containers and plates made of hard plastic and designed for adult use may still contain BPA unless labelled BPA-free. Even if you choose BPA free plastic bottles, make it a point not to heat the containers with liquid in them, or leave water bottles in the car where they can get warm. Do not use harsh detergent and hot water when washing as this can increase leaching of chemicals from plastic as well.

The benefits of using BPA - free products are numerous.

First and foremost you are making sure that you are not ingesting toxic chemicals. Especially when feeding a newborn or child you want to make sure they are receiving the best nourishment without the chemical side effects. Also, using BPA - free products means you can re-use the bottles without fear of toxins lingering in the bottle once you refill it. BPA - free products are also safer than glass. You do not want to feed your infant or child with a glass bottle that can break during feeding. And finally it just makes good sense for the environment. BPA free bottles when recycled do not emit noxious chemicals as they are recycled. When it comes to baby bottles, it is imperative to always use a bottle that is BPA free. A good bottle can help prevent stomach upset and other problems associated with bottles. Infants are more susceptible to the effects of chemicals than are adults. With the knowledge that we have available to us today, there is simply no reason to ever risk using a BPA bottle with babies or infants. So that is what you need to know about BPA free bottles. Now that you are armed with the information, just be vigilant and always double check to make sure that you use BPA free water bottles. In conclusion, using BPA - free products is the right choice for your family and the environment.

Smiling Planet not only offers a collection of BPA-free plates and bowls. They dinnerware is made out of recycled plastic. Beside they thought well about the design and their plates have a 1 cm lid which allows the food to stay in the plate! Our customer E. Newman said: "Absolutely delighted with the plates and bowls - you are right they are a perfect design to enable the children to eat their food nicely and is it my imagination or are they both calmer at meal times - they are both certainly focussed on finishing their food to discover which bowl they have!!".

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