In my mind, plastic is a very innocent material, and Iíve never paid it much mind. Itís flexible, can be transparent, and comes in all sorts of colors. It doesnít break like glass and I donít need to cringe at the sound of my spoon coming in contact with a can or steel container.
In March, Mother Jones published an article on the scary new evidence on plastic. Even if BPA-free, it can still contain other estrogenic chemicals and ďendocrine-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates.Ē Theyíve all been linked to ailments and could even affect the health of future generations.
For mothers, this news should present red flags. These chemicals can be most harmful to babies and young children, who are vulnerable during their developmental years. And because of plasticís convenience, itís unfortunately everywhere. Think about it -- food containers, plastic wrap, pacifiers, sippy cups, toys, and the list goes on!
For one mother, after her baby was diagnosed with a birth defeat during a routine ultrasound, she decided to take a step towards protecting her children. She also wanted to educate and help parents to avoid exposing their little one to the risk of harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates. Christine Barlow created 5 Phases, a glass baby bottle.
At first, Christine created just a baby bottle made of non-toxic and recyclable glass. But she found it breakable so she encased it in a see-through BPA-free plastic sleeve. The final creation was a the hybrid bottle that reaped the health benefits of glass while taking advantage of the durability of plastic -- the best of both worlds.
If you have a little one of your own or want to gift something as a godmother or aunt, consider a 5 Phases baby bottle. Itís microwavable and dishwasher safe, easy to clean, and most importantly, third party tested and complies with all specifications and regulations required in the US, EU, and Canada.
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.