Plastics and your baby part 3: the safe plastic numbers chart

safe plastics number chart
Last updated: May 31, 2017

We’ve talked about avoiding plastics when possible and mentioned some affordable alternatives. Now let’s look a little deeper into plastics so we all have a better understanding of the categories.

Plastics by the numbers:

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Our main goal is to use as little plastic as possible.

Here are some tips:

  • When food shopping: buy in bulk and shop at the farmer’s market and your local co-op when possible. Choose glass jars or cans labeled with “BPA-free lining.” Look for eggs in cardboard cartons, not PS (polystyrene). Always bring your own bags (including produce bags).
  • Choose tempered glass for freezing, storing and heating (we like the Glasslock containers and for baby: the Wean Green containers. We understand the glass containers have some upfront costs. But, the savings add up when you discover you can potentially eliminate buying plastic wrap, freezer bags and sandwich bags.
  • Ditch the disposable coffee cups: always bring your own. Our favorite: Contigo stainless steel travel mug
  • Avoid contact with store receipts as much as possible. They typically contain BPA (read about the study here).
  • Make sure you choose non-toxic toothbrushes — see some choices here.
  • Choose glass baby bottles.
  • Use cloth diapers.
  • Make your own cleaners and store them in glass bottles — see some easy recipes here.

This list could go on and on (when you’re ready for more, check out this list here), but the best advice we have is to just really think before bringing something into your home. Choosing reusable, non-toxic items will almost always be the best bet for the environment, your baby, and your wallet.

Have any specific questions about plastics? Ask below in the comments section.

Read Plastics and your baby part 1: in the kitchen

Read Plastics and your baby part 2: in the bath

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