Plastic

I intuitively do not like plastic, not in food production/storage and not as a material to makes childrens toys. I have faced considerable resistance from my MIL, who loves it. It’s cheap – and I think that is about all that is has going for it.

I have now finally got my ducks in a row so to speak, and feel much more confident in my need to minimise plastic in our home environment. PVC, BPA and phthalates are materials I will be attempting to minimise as much as possible.

How to avoid phthalates

Bisphenol-A, in Clear English

Babies, Bottles, and Bisphenol A: The Story of a Scientist-Mother

So, without completely freaking out about poisoning my child, I am taking an approach of choosing the healthier option when we need to replace materials/goods in our home. For instance, I got a glass shower door put on our bath instead of a shower curtain for my birthday and I got some glass drinking bottles for water when we are out and about (with latex sleeve to protect from breaking) and I am slowly replacing all food containers to be glass.

Our cosmetics are already herbal, natural, organic paraben, aluminium, fleuride etc free.

My cleaning products are already plant based, bicarbonate of soda or vinegar.

Our matress is a cotton futon. Our clothing is cotton, our bedding is cotton or wool.

I take cloth bags with me when I go shopping.

  • We do still have plastic in our home. Our cupboards in the bedroom and kitchen are some sort of plastic.
  • DS has a hard plastic paddling pool
  • DS has plastic beach toys for his sandpit and when we go to the beach
  • DS has plastic toys at his grandmothers house
  • Our electircal appliances are obviously made from plastic (including dearly beloved computer)
  • Cutting boards
  • Car seats
  • the list of products that contain materials that concern me goes on and on.

I am sure that even with the accomodations I have made and am making, our home environment is still polluted.It worries me, but also motivates me to find ways to keep my family healthy, and that includes our nutrition. As I write, I have water kefir, milk kefir, kimchi and preserved red peppers all doing their magic on my windowsill.

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