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Pitch The Plastics and Go For Glass

Have you made the switch yet?  I’m talking about the switch in your kitchen, from plastic to glass.  If not, I hope this article will help you see why you should and how you can do it affordably.  We have gradually made the switch until almost ALL of my plastic is gone. I’m so excited about the changes we’ve made. And, if you have little ones and are worried, I am here to tell you it is much more durable than you realize!

Pitch the Plastics and Go For Glass

:: Pitch the Plastic

First off, you’ve all probably heard about BPA by now.  But lets do a quick review: The Food and Drug Administration banned the use of bisphenol A (BPA) {a chemical plasticizer that is a known endocrine disruptor and estrogen-mimicker} in baby bottles and children’s drinking cups. BUT NOT ALL PLASTIC.  So, that means you have probably been checking your plastics for the correct symbols to assure your not purchasing plastic dishes with BPA.

But did you know, many plastics, including BPA-free plastics, contain other chemical plasticizers, which are added to make the containers more flexible. Unfortunately, many plasticizers are also endocrine disruptors similar to BPA, which means that they could cause many of the same health issues. These plasticizers could have a host of negative health effects, including contributing to obesity, neurological and immune disorders, and increasing the risk for a wide range of cancers.  To learn more, read the article, “Why I Won’t Buy BPA Free Baby Products,” on Forbes.com

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:: Is Glass the Best Option?

If you’ve got children your probably thinking that glass might not be the best option.  I have written this article just to tame your fears. :) My children have been using glass cups since they were old enough to hold a cup and before that, we used glass bottles. They are made to be durable. And in fact, my kiddos have dropped these cups on our hard wood floors numerous times and they’ve been fine – not a single one has broken.  So, if fear of breakage has been holding you back, fear no longer!

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But what else makes glass a GREAT option?

  • It lasts – unlike plastic that eventually wears out, glass can be used for GENERATIONS!
  • It doesn’t stain – have you ever put chili or spaghetti sauce in a plastic dish?  Ick. Enough said.
  • Its economical – because glass will last, it is a great choice price wise. Glass dishes don’t have to be expensive and you never have to replace them {unless you break them, in which case, at least they weren’t terribly expensive!} :)
  • It’s multi-functional – you can refrigerate leftovers, freeze leftovers, AND heat leftovers in the microwave or oven in a glass dish. No more transferring to “microwave safe” dishes.  Less dishes to wash?? I’m in!

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:: Buying Glass without Breaking the Piggy Bank

So how is a girl to go about switching to glass without breaking the bank?  There are many brands to choose from that are both durable and affordable. These are by no means ALL of the options, these are just a few of the products I have bought and have lasted for us {through being dropped often, with a 2 and 5 year old}.  All the mentioned items are in photos in this post. I’ve also embedded links below so you can see and/or buy the items I’m talking about by clicking the links.

  1. Pyrex – comes in lots of shapes and sizes. You can get plates with lids {the rectangles} and bowls. We have both in two sizes. The smaller rectangle is large enough for a lunch plate for my husband and I. The medium sized bowls are perfect for storing or carrying a leftover bowl of soup, chili, or pasta.  I use the larger ones for multiple servings of leftovers.  This is a great starter pack with all the sizes. You can also buy more of each size individually at Walmart.
  2. Wean Green is also a VERY sturdy option.  I ave used these in my son’s lunchbox and for picnics. They come in lots of sizes but I love these bowls and these cubes. If you are making your own baby food, I recommend these smaller cubes too!
  3. Libbey drinking mugs - I have LOVED these mugs. You may remember me announcing with excitement on facebook when I purchased these! :) They come in a box of 12 and they have been a wonderful “sippy cup” solution for my two littles. Big kids and adults can use them without lids. But, if you have littles too, you might like lids for these cups. These mugs have a nice handle and coupled with lids and straws they are practically mess free. My 2 year old handles them easily and is able to carry it to the living room or school room. The lids I bought come with stainless steel straws, but the lids will also fit a cheap plastic bendy straw if you are afraid of little ones getting hurt on rigid straws.
  4. Life Factory bottles – These bottles come in LOTS of sizes and configurations. We have two larger ones for on the go for my husband and I. I also have 4 of the smaller ones for the littles to take to the playground, on picnics, and to the ballpark. The silicone sleeve makes these super sturdy. I’ve never had one break. You can also purchase different types of lids. I like the spout lid for my bottle. The kids’ have caps. You can also purchase sippy lids and baby bottle tops for these bottles! It makes the smaller size super useful from baby up to big kid. I love that you can buy the lids separately so you can change the lid for your child as they grow – from bottle nipple, to sippy lid, to cap and use the same bottle!

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Do you have other favorite brands that have been tried and true for you? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! :)

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  1. Thank you! I’ve been wanting to make the switch for some time so this post is VERY helpful to me!

  2. I agree…I’ve been wanting to make the switch too, but worried about my kids handling the glass. You’ve definitely “tamed my fears.” :) I’m going to start stocking up on that stuff right away. Thanks!!

  3. Gwen L says:

    Yes! Last week I bought 4 small glass bowls with lids to replace our ziploc containers. Now I’ll be using some of the ziplocs to store things like soap bars or nails/screws in my garage and recycling the stained ones!

  4. Phaedra says:

    I am in process of making the switch. I enjoy once a month cooking, and am looking for freezer to oven safe glass dishes. Love the Pyrex I already have, just need to get more. What are the lids of the water bottles made from?

    • Denisesawyer says:

      The caps are plastic and the ones with spouts are silicone and plastic I believe.
      Wholesome Mommy

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