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Why Bamboo is a Great Material?

Why Bamboo is a Great Material?

 

Why Bamboo is a Great Material?

These days you are always hearing about the material bamboo. You now see bamboo hardwood floors, bamboo shirts, even bamboo fiber based socks and bicycles! Why exactly is bamboo popping up everywhere? Let’s find out!

It’s Sustainable!

It takes 30-50 years for conventional trees to be ready to be harvested again. On the other hand bamboo trees grow up 1 one meter a day, and within 5 years, the plant can grow up to 200 poles that are ready to harvest again!

With forests that have been deforested, bamboo can be put in place and reverse land degradation. Bamboo also quickly takes in carbon dioxide and produces more oxygen than most trees!

It’s Hardy!

You can grow bamboo trees in about any soil and they can grow in many different environments, without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. Bamboo also doesn’t require irrigation and rarely needs to be replanted.

It’s Strong!

Bamboo is one of the strongest of the hardwoods, even stronger than oak! It has even been compared to steel in tensile strength and can withstand as much compression as concrete!

It’s Safe! 

Bamboo fibers are naturally anti-microbial from natural bio-agents.

It’s cellulose based fibers also make bamboo products fully biodegradable.

Here at Pacific Baby, we recognize these benefits and use bamboo in our tableware and cutlery lines. Bamboo makes our plates and bowls strong and antimicrobial. Because we use all natural ingredients, our tableware and cutleries are fully biodegradable within a year. You can just plant them in your backyard and watch them disappear!

Check out our tableware and cutlery line and see the benefits for yourself!

 

Written by Cynthia Coombs,  Sales and Marketing Assistant of Pacific Baby

For more information, visit www.pacificbabyworld.com.

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Plastic baby bottles and bowls are horrible – why?

Plastic baby bottles and bowls are horrible – why?

I’ve never considered myself to be a ‘radical’ when it comes to environmental and health issues, but sometimes a little common sense can go a long way, and I’m often surprised at how many people don’t seem to think about basic issues that can affect our health or the environment. What starts me off today on this theme is a casual reflection on the use of plastic baby bottles, bowls, plates, and cutlery for baby’s breast milk, formula and food. Take a moment and reflect on a couple of points, which you don’t have to be a PHD to form a common-sense view…

Plastic, funny enough, comes from petroleum – that’s right, oil. From way, way down under the ground, bubbling and seeping between the rocks. After a bunch of manipulating steps, that bubbling burbling stuff that you put in your car will eventually bounce out of a mold as your shiny new bottle and/or bowl to feed to junior. Stop for a moment – isn’t’ that a bit weird? I mean…. Just conceptually? Now today the bowls are all BPA-free, which is great, but they’re not ‘oil-free’ (which would really interest me as a parent), because you can’t change that – it’s where they come from. Shockingly, these plastic items absolutely dominate infant feeding today – big name brands, 99% of whose items are all made from Mr. Oily.

Knowing this now, there are two very interesting and highly pertinent points I would put out there for consideration by all moms and dads…

Plastic’s Impact on your Health – did you know that up to 15% of all people on this planet suffer from hormonal imbalances that cause a host of problems? These include reproductive, circulatory issues, and even may be related to some cancers. While a lot of that is hereditary, there is a growing sense that a lot of these cases could be linked to the over-use of plastics to hold our food (meaning that nasty plastic chemicals eventually find their way into our bodily systems). We use fewer plastics as adults (we use glass, ceramics, etc.), but for babies it’s all 99% plastic – and they’re most at risk because they’re still developing.  It’s crazy – oil/petroleum = baby bottles and bowls – from birth until at least 5 years old. I don’t think we have to commission a major study to know that can’t be a good parenting / baby health strategy.

Plastic’s Impact on our (and your baby’s) Environment – I know people don’t think a lot about this, and it’s easy to put the depressing imagery to the back of our minds, but the basic and sad fact is that plastic takes up to 1,000 years to degrade – that’s right – if the last crusades were using plastic swords, they’d still be with us today – gulp. All this stuff goes into landfills, and so much into the oceans, and yes, while it’s out-of-sight, it is slowly killing us. Sad, and depressing, but unfortunately true. If you really want an uplifting moment, watch this video. 

So while I know plastic is cheap, everywhere, practical, etc., parent to parent, I urge you to take a moment and think if there’s another way. You know if we all started getting non-plastic plates and bowls and bottles for our kids, it would be one less plastic one produced for every alternative material we got. Eventually the industry would start to listen, and make use of non-plastic materials a higher priority for making baby feeding products – it happened in the packaged food industry, with a plethora of natural food companies now giving traditionally non-natural food giants a run for their money.

At a Pacific Baby we have our own solutions we’re trying to put forward – natural bamboo feeding plates and tableware, and insulated stainless steel bottles that are clean and recyclable – but here are other materials and brands as well.

Take a minute out of your hectic day, think it. Try to give your baby and our planet a little break.


 Written by Cameron Honarvar, Founder of Pacific Baby. Cameron was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked in investment banking for several years. He spent time in Hong Kong. He's been in the baby product business since 1995 - spending 10 years as a retailer, 10 years as a distributor, and then 5 years now as the founder, along with his wife Lorilyn, of Pacific Baby. Lorilyn has designed many of the company’s products, and manages Pacific Baby’s marketing and promotional activities.

Presently, the Honarvar's run Pacific Baby, a line of natural and safe bamboo tableware for babies and kids, and getting their message out regarding environmentally sustainable and healthy feeding products!

For more information, visit www.pacificbabyworld.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Pacific Baby? Send your topic idea to marketing@pacificbabyworld.com

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Travelling easier with baby?

Travelling easier with baby?

Travelling with baby isn’t the easiest as any parent knows. I have vivid memories (I wish I could say fond!!) of being the last people off of the plane and pushing our several airport trolleys around at a snail’s pace, stacked to the ceiling with car seats, backpacks, diaper bags, etc., anytime we bravely ventured forth!

All of those things were necessary though, as we all have to make sure that we can look after junior properly while on the road, and without compromising health or safety. For example car seats save lives, not only in cars, but in the airline seats themselves should anything shaky ever happen.

There is one item we’ve come up with here at Pacific Baby though that might make the whole task of assembling and managing baby on the road a little easier for parents.  We’ve produced an insulated stainless steel bottle that keeps hot or cold up to 10 hours – and it’s very good to have on the road. We use food-grade steel, with a scale inside, and while the item comes with a newborn nipple you can also select different flow nipples, or sip spouts, straw tops or our standard drink top, based on the age of your child.

A lot of people don’t realize, but a mother can bring a baby bottle through airport security with liquid – they’ll check it, but they allow mothers that privilege. So the upshot is that you can keep warm water to use at your convenience to mix your formula on the flight, and you can also keep breast milk in our bottles for up to 8 hours. Once you’ve gotten where you’re going, it’s also nice to be able to carry the bottle & warm water with you while you’re shopping or sight-seeing, so that you’re not constantly stopping at restaurants and asking for hot water, etc.

These are rugged bottles that you can use for years, and recycle for second babies. So I’m sorry we can’t do anything to make that car seat more compact, but our insulated stainless steel bottles may make life just a tad easier next time you hit the road with the whole family! Browse our product section for more details. 

 

 Written by Cameron Honarvar, Founder of Pacific Baby. Cameron was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He   worked in investment banking for several years. He spent time in Hong Kong. He's been in the baby product business since 1995 - spending 10 years as a retailer, 10 years as a distributor, and then 5 years now as the founder, along with his wife Lorilyn, of Pacific Baby. Lorilyn has designed many of the company’s products, and manages Pacific Baby’s marketing and promotional activities.

Presently, the Honarvar's run Pacific Baby, a line of natural and safe bamboo tableware for babies and kids, and getting their message out regarding environmentally sustainable and healthy feeding products!

For more information, visit www.pacificbabyworld.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Pacific Baby? Send your topic idea to marketing@pacificbabyworld.com. 

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Pacific Baby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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21 Small Changes You Can Make to Become More Eco-Friendly

21 Small Changes You Can Make to Become More Eco-Friendly

Living a safe, healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard. With a few small changes, you and your family can live healthier, earth-supporting lives. Here are some small changes you can make. Don’t try to do them all at once. Introduce one change a month while you get used to the new lifestyle.

1. Use less plastic – Plastic has terrible long-term effects, especially for developing children. Use natural products around the home, like wood, organic cotton and bamboo.

2. Start recycling – Much of what we use can be recycled, but it ends up in landfills where it can never be reprocessed, which forces it to sit for years before it ever breaks down. Start a simple recycling plan at home that puts paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic in separate containers.

3. Use natural cleaners – Vinegar and baking soda can pretty much clean any problem in your home. Skip the chemical-filled stuff.

4. Wash clothing in cold water – Most of your clothes don’t need to be scoured in hot water. Cold water is fine for all but the most soiled items. This also prevents shrinking.

5. Line dry your clothing – People discount this because they think it’s a lot of work, but it’s not too bad. Run a line from a window to a tree so you don’t have to go outside to hang things.

6. Waste less water – We waste a lot of water letting it run while we brush our teeth or wash the dishes.

7. Turn down your heater – Most heaters are set to heat water to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but our skin can’t stand water that hot, so we always use it colder. Turn it down to 120 degrees to save 10-15% on your energy bill.

8. Insulate your water heater – You can buy a special insulating cover that helps the heater maintain its temperature without using more energy to constantly stay warm.

9. Start composting – Composting is just letting your organic scraps decompose in a barrel or rotating composter. Use this material instead of store-bought, chemical-laden fertilizer.

10. Open/close the blinds – A lot of heat gets into the house through our windows. By closing your blinds or drapes, you reduce your cooling costs and energy. Similarly, opening them up will reducing your heating expense.

11. Optimize your car – You can improve the fuel efficiency of your car by properly inflating your tires, keeping your wheels aligned and getting regular oil changes and tune ups.

12. Look for leaks around your home – Seal up the cracks and gaps in your home with silicone caulk. Check around windows, doors, vents and anything that connects to the outside.

13. Donate old stuff – We all have old items just sitting around home. Donate anything you don’t need any more to a charity or Good Will.

14. Turn down the thermostat – Turn down the temperature in your home just a few degrees. No one will notice the difference, but you’ll save a lot of energy over the year.

15. Buy locally grown products – Food grown in your community doesn’t need to be frozen or transported. This reduces the energy cost of getting it to you (and usually the price).

16. Plant a few trees – Do you need all that backyard? Beautify your property and add some oxygen to the world by planting a few trees.

17. Make yourself aware – Do you know how much of a particular resource you use every year? How many gallon of gas or how many watts of electricity you used last year? Look a month-over-month comparison of these things so you can see if you’re really reducing your usage.

18. Eat less meat – Livestock accounts for a large part of the C02 in our atmosphere. If we all cut our meat consumption back, we could reduce the amount of livestock necessary to feed us.

19. Use cloth reusable bags – For just a couple dollars, you can buy a set of cloth shopping bags to bring to the grocery store with you. This will keep you from buying plastic ever again.

20. Go paper free – Set up all your bills to send e-mail invoices and updates. Pay electronically, not by check.

21. Use a reusable water bottle – Not only are plastic bottles leaching chemicals into our bodies, but millions of bottles clog landfills every year. Switch to a reusable bottle that you can fill anywhere.

 

Written by Cameron and Lorilyn Honarvar, Founders of Pacific BabyCameron was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked in investment banking for several years. He spent time in Hong Kong. He's been in the baby product business since 1995 - spending 10 years as a retailer, 10 years as a distributor, and then 5 years now as the founder, along with his wife Lorilyn, of Pacific Baby. Lorilyn has designed many of the company’s products, and manages Pacific Baby’s marketing and promotional activities.

Presently, the Honarvar's run Pacific Baby, a line of natural and safe bamboo tableware for babies and kids, and getting their message out regarding environmentally sustainable and healthy feeding products!

For more information, visit www.pacificbabyworld.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Pacific Baby? Send your topic idea to marketing@pacificbabyworld.com. 

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Pacific Baby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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7 Hidden Hazards for Kids in the Home

7 Hidden Hazards for Kids in the Home

As parents, safety is number one concern. There’s nothing more important. We may think that our homes are safe havens for our kids, but there are some serious hazards lurking right under our noses. Here are a few to watch out for…

1. Plastic products

Plastics are petroleum based. That means they were made from oil. The chemicals from the oil and those used during the manufacturing process leach into products and foods, and eventually our children’s bodies. Plastics can disrupt the hormone system’s usual functions and harm our developing children. Use products and toys that use natural ingredients like wood and bamboo.

2. Magnets

Magnets are often small, but powerful. If your child ingests magnets, they can attract one another and cause all sorts of damage, like tearing and blocking of the intestines. If your child swallows a magnet you should head to the hospital immediately.

3. Tall furniture

Tall furniture poses a tip over hazard. Kids will invariably try to climb on furniture or push it around. Even the strongest child may have trouble pushing a dresser or mirror off of them. To prevent this, anchor any furniture taller than four feet to the wall with a drywall anchor and chain. Make the chain short enough so it never can get to the point where it puts pressure on the chain.

4. Recalled products

The Consumer Product Safety Commission monitors products, especially children’s products, for safety hazards. It’s good to browse their website and get a feel for what they look at and what’s been recalled. You never know when something you bought (especially if it’s years old) was deemed unsafe.

5. Detergent pods

In 2015, 12,000 children were injured by those little pods we throw in our dishwashers. Kids mistake these as something to eat, especially the colorful ones. They are concentrated forms of detergent, which makes them even more dangerous to ingest than the regular stuff.

6. Lithium batteries

These aren’t your usual AAs, but they’re in everything. They look like little silver buttons. If swallowed, they can burst and leak the caustic fluid into your child’s stomach and intestines, resulting in internal burns. If ingested, call poison control.

7. Prescription drugs

These days, most homes have someone taking a doctor-prescribed pill. Many of these medications can make a child seriously ill or worse, cause death. Parents are usually good about keeping certain medications away from kids (like pain medication or sleeping pills), but they aren’t careful with seemingly innocent pills, like their blood pressure medication. These are just as deadly.

 

Written by Cameron and Lorilyn Honarvar, Founders of Pacific BabyCameron was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked in investment banking for several years. He spent time in Hong Kong. He's been in the baby product business since 1995 - spending 10 years as a retailer, 10 years as a distributor, and then 5 years now as the founder, along with his wife Lorilyn, of Pacific Baby. Lorilyn has designed many of the company’s products, and manages Pacific Baby’s marketing and promotional activities.

Presently, the Honarvar's run Pacific Baby, a line of natural and safe bamboo tableware for babies and kids, and getting their message out regarding environmentally sustainable and healthy feeding products!

For more information, visit www.pacificbabyworld.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Pacific Baby? Send your topic idea to marketing@pacificbabyworld.com 

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Pacific Baby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Month with Kids

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Month with Kids

April is Earth Month where we appreciate this incredible planet that keeps us all alive and make changes in our lives to protect it. Here are some ways your family can celebrate.

1. Take a clean-up hike

A clean-up hike is when you walk through a particular area (it could be wooded trails or your local streets) and pick up any trash or debris you find. Some environmental groups host these, but you just need a partner and a bag to make your community nicer and healthier.

2. Visit a zoo or aquarium

Spending time learning about different animals is a great way to appreciate the planet. During April, many animal centers will have exhibits that teach you about Earth’s ecology.

3. Start a family garden

Gardening isn’t as tough as some people believe, especially when you do it as a group. Pick some easy fruits and vegetables that don’t require a lot of gardening experience. Make sure to plant foods your family likes so you can enjoy them on the dinner table in a few months.

4. Take a family bike ride

Adopting a biking lifestyle is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Plus you’ll be surprised at all the beautiful and interesting things you’ll see close to home when you aren’t zooming by in a car. Many nonprofits hold bike rides for charity on Earth Day.

5. Visit a farmers’ market

Many communities have farmers’ that set up every week during the spring and summer. Most will let you sample their products. You’ll be surprised how better organic and locally grown food tastes!

6. Make your own reusable bags

Plastics are clogging up our landfills, so it’s best to use your own bags whenever possible. Make your own reusable bags at home to bring with you to any store. Here’s a fun recipe that makes a bag out of a t-shirt. Kids can personalize them with decorations.

7. Donate some old items

Every time an item is thrown away, it fills landfills and disrupts local ecology. We can prevent this by using the same items as much as possible. Go through your home and donate things you don’t need instead of throwing them away.

8. Plan a tree

Trees don’t just provide necessary oxygen. They also encourage plant growth and protect us from the sun. For families, they’re fun to watch grow together over the years.

9. Break your plastic habit

Not only do plastic bottles, cups and plates clog our landfills, but they introduce harmful toxins to our bodies. Pick up some reusable drinking bottles made from safer materials like bamboo, glass or stainless steel.

10. Set a family challenge

The best way to change is to set goals. Come up with a short list of eco-friendly changes you want to make in your life. Design a chart to track your progress. Each week, you can evaluate yourselves. You can either add new challenges each month or each Earth Day.

How will your family be celebrating Earth Day? Let us know!

 

Written by Cameron and Lorilyn Honarvar, Founders of Pacific BabyCameron was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked in investment banking for several years. He spent time in Hong Kong. He's been in the baby product business since 1995 - spending 10 years as a retailer, 10 years as a distributor, and then 5 years now as the founder, along with his wife Lorilyn, of Pacific Baby. Lorilyn has designed many of the company’s products, and manages Pacific Baby’s marketing and promotional activities.

Presently, the Honarvar's run Pacific Baby, a line of natural and safe bamboo tableware for babies and kids, and getting their message out regarding environmentally sustainable and healthy feeding products!

For more information, visit www.pacificbabyworld.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Pacific Baby? Send your topic idea to marketing@pacificbabyworld.com. 

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Pacific Baby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Why We Need to Protect Our Kids Against Plastic

Why We Need to Protect Our Kids Against Plastic

When you go to the store to buy products for your family, you will see that plastic is still the most common material that is being used – especially in the making of baby and kid products. Plastic products can be found everywhere you go, and at a generally inexpensive cost. While informed parents know that it is better to spend a few more dollars on the eco-friendly, high quality alternative, most parents are going to go with the cheaper plastic product. 

Here’s why that’s a bad thing: the more parents that buy plastic products, the higher the demand, and the more plastic will be produced. What we’ve now learned about plastic is that it contains chemicals that are harmful to our children and have real, damaging effects on their health. That’s why it’s more important than ever to stop buying plastic and look into healthier, safer alternatives. 

The case against plastic 

Plastics have many versatile properties that have made them quite useful in our society. But each year millions of tons of plastic are produced worldwide…and each year approximately 10-20 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans. Remembering that plastics are petroleum-based products, it is not surprising that the chemicals and compounds that help make these plastics so versatile are the same chemicals that end up harming our families and the environment. Not only do these chemicals leach into the human body, they end up in the oceans injuring our wildlife and can end up spreading into groundwater from landfills. 

How does it affect our health? 

The chemicals found in plastic are exposed to people through the air, dust, food, water, and everyday use of plastic products. The biggest culprits are BPA, Phthalates, and PVC. 

BPA 

BPA, or Bisphenol-A, is a chemical used to harden plastics. It is often found in the lining of food/drink cans, and used to be common in baby bottles and sippy cups. BPA is believed to act as a hormone, thereby disrupting normal hormone levels and development in children. It is also thought to affect the brain and child behavior. Studies have also shown there could be a link between BPA exposure and cancer and heart problems. This is definitely a cause for concern when the CDC has found over 90% of people in the US have BPA in their bodies. 

Phthalates 

Phthalates are chemicals used to soften plastics and are used in personal care products, toys, electronics, and more. Phthalates have not been safety evaluated, but are known to be endocrine-disruptors just like BPA – so they can cause similar health issues. The CPSC has banned 6 types of phthalates from toys, but they can still be found in several other products made for kids. 

PVC 

PVC, or Polyvinyl chloride, is the most toxic form of plastic made from vinyl chloride – a known human carcinogen. The chemicals from PVC are dissipated into the air and are easily inhaled or absorbed by people. It creates and releases dioxins, also known carcinogens, that lead to health issues such as cancer, birth defects, diabetes, learning and developmental delays, endometriosis, and immune system abnormalities.

What you can do

Now that you know about the harmful effects of plastic products, it’s time to take action against plastic. There are several plastic alternatives out there including glass, organic cotton, wool, stainless steel, and bamboo! When making purchases for your family, always try to look for products that are reusable instead of one-time use products. These types of disposable products are usually made of plastic. This is especially important when buying food/drink products for your kids. Do not buy anything plastic that will be touching your child’s food or drinks. Think: baby bottles, feeding bowls and cups, utensils, storage containers, water bottles, etc. The less plastic you use at home, the more comfortable you will feel knowing that you are doing your part to keep your family safe and protect the environment.

 

Written by Cameron and Lorilyn Honarvar, Founders of Pacific BabyCameron was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked in investment banking for several years. He spent time in Hong Kong. He's been in the baby product business since 1995 - spending 10 years as a retailer, 10 years as a distributor, and then 5 years now as the founder, along with his wife Lorilyn, of Pacific Baby. Lorilyn has designed many of the company’s products, and manages Pacific Baby’s marketing and promotional activities.

Presently, the Honarvar's run Pacific Baby, a line of natural and safe bamboo tableware for babies and kids, and getting their message out regarding environmentally sustainable and healthy feeding products!

For more information, visit www.pacificbabyworld.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Pacific Baby? Send your topic idea to marketing@pacificbabyworld.com. 

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Pacific Baby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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The Effects of Plastic on Our Environment and Kid's Health

The Effects of Plastic on Our Environment and Kid's Health

It seems like everything these days is made of plastic. From our household goods to our personal care products to our children’s toys, we can’t get away from the stuff.

Plastics are dangerous because of the chemicals that are used to create and shape them. There are countless varieties of plastic, but every one of them requires the use of harsh chemicals during manufacturing.

Unfortunately, these chemicals stay with the plastic after processing and eventually make their way to you. Even if the plastic is merely packaging, the toxins leech into the package’s contents to get into our bodies.

So what are the effects of plastic on our children and the environment?

  1. Plastic is non-biodegradable – It won’t break down for about 500-1000 years in a landfill, but it will choke plant. If animals eat it, they typically die because their stomach acids can’t break it down.
  2. Plastics are filling up our oceans – Because of plastic’s low density, it tends to travel away from landfills and barges into our water system. In 1997, a sea captain discovered a pile of trash in the North Pacific Ocean that is larger than Texas. 90% of it is plastic.
  3. Some plastics inhibit hormone function – Our bodies use hormones as regulators, like little policemen that tell us how to behave. Some plastics, like BPA and phthalates, can replace certain hormones (usually estrogen). Our bodies think everything is normal, so they don’t create more of that hormone. But since the toxin doesn’t behave like the hormone (just looks like it), we’re left with a shortage. This is especially damaging to developing bodies.
  4. Plastics can cause cancer – Certain chemicals, like formaldehyde and PVC, can actually trigger the production of cancerous tissue in our bodies. They can also cause chronic diseases, like asthma, obesity, and developmental disabilities.
  5. They cause miscarriages and early births – Studies show that that’s there a correlation between the amount of plastic-transferred toxins (namely phthalates) in the cord blood of a pregnant mother and miscarriages/premature births. This means the toxins are passing from mother to child and disrupting the pregnancy.

Wherever possible, find alternatives to plastic. Here are some suggestions:

  • Buy and store food in bamboo, metal, wax paper, foil, or glass containers, or fresh food that is open. Bamboo is your best bet as a plastic alternative because it’s tough enough for most purposes, doesn’t come with any nasty chemicals, and degrades naturally in a landfill. It also handles high and low temperatures very well.
  • Do not give children plastic toys. Opt for wood or organic fibers.
  • Use bedding, clothing, towels, carpet and linens made from natural fibers without much processing.
  • Do not heat up food in plastic containers or store it in plastic wrap.
  • Use cloth-based shopping bags instead of disposable ones.
  • Opt for personal care products that are stored in glass containers.

How do you take steps to remove plastic from your family’s life?

 

Written by Cameron and Lorilyn Honarvar, Founders of Pacific BabyCameron was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked in investment banking for several years. He spent time in Hong Kong. He's been in the baby product business since 1995 - spending 10 years as a retailer, 10 years as a distributor, and then 5 years now as the founder, along with his wife Lorilyn, of Pacific Baby. Lorilyn has designed many of the company’s products, and manages Pacific Baby’s marketing and promotional activities.

Presently, the Honarvar's run Pacific Baby, a line of natural and safe bamboo tableware for babies and kids, and getting their message out regarding environmentally sustainable and healthy feeding products!

For more information, visit www.pacificbabyworld.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Pacific Baby? Send your topic idea to marketing@pacificbabyworld.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Pacific Baby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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