Non-plastic sippy/sport cups

budge1March 25, 2008

Just wanted to post this in case anyone else is going crazy trying to find alternatives to plastic sippy cups or sport cups for older kids.

I'm not one to jump on the latest scare mongering fad, but I've heard and read some really intelligent things by people I trust about the plastisizers in plastic products and the damage they could be doing to our kids (and adults).

I've always used plastic sippy cups with my 2 girls and one has always had warm milk in hers (I'm slightly embarassed to say at 8yrs she still likes this in a sippy cup in the morning). Warm drinks are a particular concern with plastics.

We bought my older daughter a Sigg container for water, but I hate to put anything else in it because it is so hard to clean. The lid also broke after about a month. I tried searching the web and found a product called Kleen Kanteen. We've been using them for about 3 months now and I really love them. The top is wider than on the sigg so cleaning and filling is easier and you can get ice cubes in for cold drinks. The water and juice also tastes better in a metal container (according to the kids) and my kids like the shape and feel better than the old plastic cups too. I've just ordered the sports top for the older one's cup and a bottle for myself for summer.

I'm not affilated with the company, but just thought I would pass on what I've found. It is almost impossible to eliminate plastics from our food handling storage, but I'm trying. I don't use plastic utensils when boiling spaghetti, etc., I bought glass juice jugs for in the fridge, and store food in glass containers rather than plastic. But there are so many other areas I find it hard to eliminate - yoghurt, cream cheese, cheese all come packaged in plastic. I've even heard that tetra paks and milk cartons have plastic lining (but i'm not sure if that is true).

If anyone has ideas to share on other ways to eliminate plastics, I'd love to hear about them.

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We use plastic and I have no worries about it except for heating it in a microwave. Warm milk isn't a concern (and I'll take DH"s word for that since he's a chemical engineer).

But, at Whole Foods market they have a nice water bottle type thing made in Switzerland I think...that is great for little ones like mine (2 years old) and big kids like me (not 2) and it's metal. It insulates well and it's made really nicely. Not cheap, but a nice piece.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 1:32AM
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Hey igloochic, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to convert others. Just something I've become convinced about by own research (definately not a chemical engineer, but do have a science degree so feel somewhat able to follow the arguments pro and con).

I've found talking to other moms that while they have concerns, they aren't finding other options, so I thought I'd throw this out there for those who are looking.

The Swiss bottles are the Siggs I mentioned above and like I say they work, but we find them hard to clean and can't get cubes in them. The klean kanteen isn't cheap either, but a bit less than the sigg bottles.

Does anyone out there know if it's true about the tetra paks and milk cartons being lined in plastic?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 12:43PM
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Try looking at REI if you have one near you, or in their catalog.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 5:10PM
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klean kanteen makes sippy cups out of stainless

Here is a link that might be useful: klean kanteen

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 8:40AM
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