A couple of years ago, I wrote an article about why I will not buy BPA-free products for my son. Since then, new evidence has come out suggesting that the BPA substitutes in plastics may be just as, or even more, hazardous to our health. The bottom line is that for parents who want to minimize chemical exposure for their children, plastic is not a great choice. But what substitutions are truly safe? Glass and metal work well for baby bottles, but when it comes to plates, cups and mealtime travel gear, it is hard to resist the ease of shatterproof plastic. Enter a new wave of eco-entrepreneurs manufacturing baby gear from food-safe silicone.
Why Is Silicone A Safe Choice?
While not a “100% natural” material like rubber, food-grade silicone is a non-toxic polymer mostly made from silica (sand). It can withstand heating and freezing without leaching or off-gassing, hazardous chemicals – unlike plastics, which contaminate food in these environments. It is also odor- and stain-resistant, hypoallergenic, and because of it’s smooth surface, very easy to clean. For these reasons, and because it is soft life rubber and does not break, it is the perfect material for eco-friendly and non-toxic baby products in particular.