Okay, well this is a nightmare come true. In 2004, I fed my infant Son from Avent baby bottles (weren’t they supposed to be the best?) and formula after nine months of breastfeeding. Now, we learn that Avent bottles, as well as formula cans, contain a harmful ingredient, BPA, found in many clear plastics (such as the Nalgene bottles Husband and I have used during hiking). I heard my first warnings a couple years ago (and moved to different bottles for Daughter) but now “a draft report by the National Toxicology Program has found “some concern” that the chemical could cause behavioral changes in infants and children and early onset of puberty in females.” Furthermore, Canada has just banned selling certain products, such as baby bottles, containing BPA. Toys R Us and Walmart will ban BPA baby bottles on their shelves.
To be safe, avoid plastic bottles and products with the 7 symbol on the bottom. Fortunately, Nalgene has quickly decided to cease using BPA in its products. Read more on BPA.
It’s hard to stay up on what’s safe so I’ve added a Green Parenting blog link to my Recommended blogs list to help us stay informed.
If you’re looking for additional green parenting tips, visit Baby Center: Going Green: 20 Small Steps that Make a Big Difference.
On a broader environmental note, I’m in Barcelona, Spain this week and amazed at the green design I see everywhere. It’s just so startling how Europeans have been thinking this way for awhile and designing many functions with environmental awareness in mind. A short list:
- Upon entering my hotel room, I insert my key card to turn on the lights. When I leave the room with my key, they all go off. How simple is that?
- The elevators at the convention center have motion detectors and only run when you step on them. Why can’t American malls, etc. duplicate this?
- Recyclable trash cans are placed on street corners and in public meeting spaces
- Many citizens drive motorcycles and have easy parking
- Public transportation (metro and trams) are clean and easy to use
I haven’t been to Europe since Son was born so I’m finding that my heightened sensitivity to green living makes me see it everywhere and realize where we’re still so behind in the States.
Will it take $6 per gallon gas for Moms to carpool more and avoid unnecessary trips in their SUVs and minivans? Can we start organizing local toyswaps to trade plastic instead of contributing to the production of more? Is it that difficult to compost food?
For the sake of our childrens’ futures, let’s get on it!