When I first learned of the health hazards associated with plastic, I immediately wanted my children to no longer use the handy, cute plastic cups or snack bowls that made feeding them easy and safe, or so I thought.† My husband, however, was uncomfortable with the notion of letting a four year old handle glass dishware. Understandable. So we ended up letting our kids drink out of cups with handles which they seemed able to manage.
Iíve just discovered a great option to plastic and traditional glass dishware. Kidishes are tempered glass plates, bowls and glasses manufactured by the French company Duralex. Tempered glass is much stronger than standard glass, capable of enduring many a fall. When it does break, it doesnít break into sharp shards, but rather into smaller pieces, decreasing the risk of being cut.
Kidishes are 100% recyclable, dishwasher safe and reasonably priced (e.g., six bowls for around $30.)† More importantly, these dishes are free of bisphenol-A (BPA), that synthetic estrogen commonly found in plastics and linked to cancer, reproductive problems and heart disease.
At last, a real glass for kids.