With all this talk these days about lead paint and toxic chemicals, it makes you wonder what exactly IS safe? I was just in the states for the holidays and watched an entire show about toxic toys. My head was literally spinning! You wouldn’t believe the amount of toys that are bad for your kids. It makes you wonder how we all survived!?!
Thankfully, most of my kid’s toys are wooden; I must be in the clear, right? WRONG!!! Apparently plastic dishes and cutlery are big no-nos too! (Which means all those cute, plastic dishes I’ve been collecting over the years are not so amusing any more….)
Now I know that one could worry themselves crazy over all this stuff, and I really shouldn’t become too obsessed… but I DO have an enviromentally-conscious husband who DOES care about this stuff, so I decided to do some research…
I found this article in the Grist (an environmental news site), and had a look at my safer non-plastic options.
These mini-me Bambu Bowls from Branch are cute AND toxic-free. They’re made from 100% organically-grown bamboo, and have a natural lacquer derived from the cashew nut tree (who knew?)! They also make bamboo cutlery for kids.
The only problem is, they’re not dishwasher-safe, which means you’ve got to do the good ‘ol-fashioned hand-washing… (which could potentiall drive me more mad than the chemicals in plastic… but at least my husband will be pleased). 🙂
why not use regular plates? maybe not your best ones….
my regular plates are ceramic (and sort of good ones), so I don’t want them to break.
but i am using regular cutlery!
(i just thought this stuff was cute)! 🙂
I have seen this bamboo tableware around and I LOVED it! Sooo pretty!! Now I finally have an excuse to get some (although I don’t know if I will immediately trash all the childrens’ beloved plastic ware – you know me: miss sceptical AND lazy – couldn’t face the burden of constantly hand-washing everything – aaargh!)
For people living in UK & France, Habitat also does a range of bamboo coloured bowls, plates etc.
Sorry Esther, unfortunately Habitat went bankrupted a few years ago in Holland and I have no idea if it exists in Italy still.
But it exists in Belgium! I’ll check it out next time I’m in Antwerp – if I’m not in London before that…
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Courtney, thanks for this – I am on the look out for a set of bowls, cutlery and plates for my 4 year old. There are lots of cartoony ones around but can’t find anything stylish but not too grown up – would appreciate a round up on crockery and cutlery please…….!!!!