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Eco-friendly: Using glass rather than plastic significantly reduces landfill. It also saves energy on plastic’s inefficient recycling process.
When plastic is recycled it loses its integrity and doesn’t get re-made into plastic bottles; instead, plastic is “downcycled” and turned into other types of products like carpeting, clothing, and other fibers. Every time you purchase a plastic bottle or container, it is made using new plastic.
Glass, on the other hand, can be recycled over and over again without losing its quality or structure and no toxins are produced in its recycling. When you purchase a glass bottle, it is likely to have been made with recycled glass.
It takes knowledge about the environment and how to sustain it, as well as a desire to change your old habits and attitudes, to live a happy and healthy eco-friendly lifestyle.
Sanitary: Glass’ safe, non-porous, glossy surface doesn’t absorb germs, and even repels food odors, residual flavors and colors.
Glass can be safely washed at high temperatures in your dishwasher. (unlike plastic that is suppose to be washed at a “warm” temperatures not “hot” thus, not dishwasher safe).
Food reheated in glass whether in a conventional oven or microwave tastes superior to food heated in plastic containers.
Functionality: Glass can be used from the freezer to the fridge to the oven to the table. Voila!
Glass will also save you money over time. The initial cost of glass may be higher than plastic, but because glass lasts longer and doesn’t need to be replaced as often, you’ll end up saving over time.
Your investment in glass helps you move from a throw-away mind-set to a more sustainable sensibility.
Elegance: Your lifestyle is the way that you live, and that includes everything from how you get around and interact with people to the way that you shop and consume food.
You can choose from a variety of sleek styles and colors from vintage to modern, from clear to jade.
Your choices are endless and can reflect a part of you!
Glass kitchenware is much more appealing as a presentation piece for your dinner table than plastic could ever be.
For Baby: Let’s face it, when it comes to baby bottles, glass is a classic and natural choice. The only downsides to glass are that they are heavier and may shatter when dropped. Obviously these annoyances do not compare to chemicals leeching into baby’s food does it? Now a day you can find silicone sleeves to cover baby bottles to prevent accidents. And, what better time to bond with baby than feeding time? If you are concerned glass bottles are too heavy for little hands than make that a special time that you or another responsible adult or sibling will hold the bottle to feed baby. The good “outweighs” the bad on this issue!
We suggest you use glass specifically made to store homemade baby food. (not just regular ice cube trays).
For Mom: Since 2012 BPA and PVC has been banned from all US plastic baby drinking products such as bottles and Sippy cups BUT, this is not the case for all plastic storage containers, cans, some water bottles and plastics baggies we use for snacks. (This list is exhaustive even including store receipts!) Always check for plastic containers labeled with a 1, 2 or 5. They will contain no BPA or PVC but plastic is still not the safest material.
PVC - Distributes pollutants that disrupt the hormonal balance in our bodies, causing fertility, cell, organ, and tissue damage.
BPA - Can change the course of fetal development, abnormal chromosomes, miscarriages, Down syndrome, and obesity.
Take note: prolonged sun exposure increases the amount of chemicals that are melted into the water which can be very harmful to us and fetuses.
Cool Glass Fact: The earliest known clear glass lens was found in Nineveh in Assyria, nearly 3,000 years ago, which has since been recovered and is now in the British Museum in London.
What is bamboo?
Bamboo is a group of woody perennial evergreen plants in the grass family. It is also one of the world's most prolific and fastest-growing plants that are able to reach maturity in about four years. Today you can find a plethora of baby supplies made from bamboo such as wipes, cloth diapers, reusable cloth diaper liners, flushable cloth diaper liners, clothes, feeding supplies and toys.
Why bamboo for babies?
• It's luxuriously soft.
• It has supreme absorbency.
• It regulates body temperature.
• It's anti-microbial, anti-fungal, odor-resistant and hypo-allergenic.
Bamboo is extremely permeable and wicks moisture away from the skin. 100% bamboo dries twice as fast as cotton. For babies, staying dry means staying warm and happy!
Why bamboo for the environment?
• It's eco-friendly.
• It's one of the most abundant, renewable, and sustainable plants in the world.
• It requires little water, grows rapidly and can continue to grow after harvest.
• It converts about 35% more CO2 into oxygen than a regular tree.
• When processed responsibly, bamboo doesn’t hurt workers or the environment.
• It is a naturally green source for textiles.
Much of the bamboo that is grown to supply the textile industry is done in a carefully controlled and responsible manner that is certified organic, pesticide-free, and can be manufactured using a “closed system” that reclaims the production materials for recycling and reuse!
How to Choose?
• Uses organic bamboo.
• Uses “closed-loop” production or chemical-free/enzyme-based production.
• Gives back to the pandas.
• Is produced closer to home.
Cloth diapers are back and they are back big. New and improved with no more pricky pins! Now with pain free snaps or velcro/Aplix. They have the cutest and most fashionable styles too.
5 Reason To Use Cloth Diapers
Choice: There are a few different styles to choose from such as the All-In-One or the Pocket style. Both are very easy to use with, the AIO being the most comparable to disposables. The pocket diaper on the other hand will give you the option of adjusting the absorbency. You also have the option of purchasing flushable liners. Additional accessories include luxurious velour wipes and a myriad of wet diaper bags and cleaning systems. Wow! Talk about spoiling. No pun intended.
Organic: You have an option to buy organic or non organic. Either way, both contain no harsh chemicals or toxins (which are the cause of nearly 75% of non cloth diapering diaper rashes), this makes them safe for baby and the environment.
Cost Effective: Over a three year span of diaper use you can save nearly 50% on using cloth diapers if laundering at home. If the other reasons don't spike an interest this surely will!
Softer and More Breathable: These Modern day diapers are made with cotton/*bamboo/rayon blends of your choice that wick away wetness from babies precious bottoms. Waterproof outer PUL fabric is stain and odor resistant, breathable and hypoallergenic.
Go Green: Cloth diapers are environmentally friendly. A cloth diapering family with only one child will reduce their household waste by 50% compared to a disposable diapering family.
*100% bamboo is so eco-friendly — bamboo is a renewable resource with a very short growth cycle and it is grown without fertilizers or pesticides. Plus, it’s breathable, cool, and absorbs 60% more than cotton.
Suggestions: Cloth diapering companies suggest the use of zinc diaper creams when needed for extra protection or healing.
Tips: When your little ones have graduated from diapering keep in mind you may either sell your left over cloths liners and velour wipes or if you are like me you'll keep them and use them as the best household cleaning/dusting cloths ever! Your housekeeper will love you.