I'm not a huge fan of 'Parents' magazine, but I've been getting them each month from a free subscription that never seems to end. (anyone else get magazine guilt when they pile up unread?)
A couple of months ago there was a good article about environmental toxins and toxins in our homes.
I've really tried to use less plastic in my life, while also being careful to not let myself get too neurotic about it or hard on myself when I'm out of glass storage containers and have to reach for those few tupperware pieces I still have left.
It's a lifestyle change to stop using so much plastic, and one that isn't going to happen overnight. At least not for me.
When it comes to my kids, though, I'm really trying to pick up the pace by replacing old, plastic sippy cups with Kleen Kanteens, not buying as many plastic toys (why, Disney, can't you make better quality toys since my kids are total suckers for them?!), and I don't reheat things with plastic wrap or in plastic containers anymore.
Because of M's fine motor issues, we have found that we need special, lipped plates to help make his mealtime a bit easier for him, and a bit less messy for us. Previously, I'd only been able to find these sorts of plates in questionable plastic form from the special needs catalogs. The scratch marks on the bottoms of those plates made me a bit concerned...what is leaching into my children's food as they eat?
'Parents' listed a wonderful site that I finally got around to visiting yesterday, and I'm a new fan! Life Without Plastic had these fabulous, deep plates...
And these adorable cereal bowls for kids...
I also got a couple of steel mugs for the kids, and a great, airtight container for M's lunchbox. I'm looking forward to getting them and tossing my old stuff in the recycling bin!
They've also got a great blog that I'm looking forward to delving into a bit deeper. I think that whether you believe toxins are responsible for autism and other diseases or not, we can all agree that our landfills and the animals we share our planet with would be a heck of a lot happier without as many plastics.