I know it seems logical that the larger the chemical load in your system, the higher the likelihood for certain diseases… scratch that… for all diseases. But I had no idea how uncommon of an idea that was until this study was put up as a brand new idea:
I thought that logic was what separated us from the animals... apparently it's apathy. Who knew? But in honor of that jump in human history, I have, once again, gone through my kitchen getting rid of plastics. I didn’t have much left. Lids mostly. But I have often seen the last things to go be bottles and sippy cups. To me, sippy cups were the first plastic things I wanted out of my house and yet one of the last to go. It just seemed so wrong that our smallest, youngest humans were being tested on in this new ‘lets turn oil into products to hold food in’ experiment. And yet, they are so very very convenient. It was really hard to let go of the wonder of the spill proof cup!
About a year ago, a friend of mine and I were discussing plastic cups driving home from Ikea. We were chatting and both of us were frustrated because we both had kids that were either very young, prone to spilling things, or both. We wanted something spill resistant, that would fit in a cup holder, that was not plastic. (That conversation was recapped in this post from January.)
The next afternoon she called me to tell me how proud I would be of her for using the drill as she made her and her children sippy cup lids for the tiny glass jelly jars! It grew from there. I found the perfect 10 oz jars, she found (guaranteed not to break!) glass straws, I found stainless steal straws (the glass ones are prettier, but my kids like the normal straw width of the stainless ones). We morphed our idea again and again, but all the while getting closer to exactly what we wanted. A not plastic cup that fit in a cup holder that was resistant to spills.
This is the final product.
Glass sippies in action!
(Yes I bribed him with a sucker to get him to sit in the ‘baby’s stroller’.)
We haven’t broken one. And we use they every day. Mostly we drink water, but we have done smoothies, juice, and even coconut milk shakes in them and the glass doesn’t hold a smell like sippy cups either! Another bonus!
So now my kids have these awesome travel cups that are not plastic… but what about me? I was still adding to my body’s chemical load with my favorite Starbucks cup-with-straw. I am constantly drinking water out of it. I needed a bigger jar than 10 oz. Finally (after lots of searching!) I found this company:
And they have this… a 16 oz jar that has a small base. To top it all off, they will send me a sample for free of each of their jars that may fit my requirements and one of each of their lids. They are currently in the mail coming to my door. I am in the process of making a tutorial for these sippy cups (they are super simple, promise) and am hoping that one of the metal lids will work to get the plastic out of them entirely.