Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Protecting Children from Toxins in Our Everyday World
I went to a lecture on "Simple Steps Parents Can Take to Protect Children from Toxins in Our Everyday World" given by Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center. I love the laminated cards they gave out which showed the safer plastics (1,2,4, and 5)and the plastics to avoid(3,6&7). I returned my 3, 6&7 containers to the Container Store and told them the containers weren't safe and that they were known endocrine disruptors. They said that "all our plastics are food grade quality." Which was when the card from Mount Sinai really came in handy. I recommend printing it out to take with you if you plan on making an elaborate exchange. The manager at the Container Store even photocopied the card and laminated one for himself. Then they ran around to find the "safer" plastics. I went with these french jars with metal closures.
Another thing they mentioned was to buy the yellow Glad Cling Wrap which apparently is safer than the the plastic wrap in the red package.