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Old 10-31-2007, 01:19 AM
 
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SAN FRANCISCO — Consider the BornFree baby bottle. It's made from a plastic five times as expensive as the one routinely used for baby bottles. It has to be shipped all the way from Israel. And its retail price — $9.50 — is about triple that of a conventional bottle.

It's also a big seller in stores catering to parents who want the safest possible environment for their babies, stores where items labeled "bisphenol A-free" and "phthalate-free" line up next to the cloth diapers and breast pumps.

'Everywhere chemicals' in plastics alarm parents - USATODAY.com
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Old 10-31-2007, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Life here is not an Apollo Mission. Everyone calm down.
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I've been doing a lot of reading about Xenoestrogens in food and plastics. (I have thyroid disease.) We are saturated by them. I'm really taking a good look at plastics in my daily life and bringing back glass into all aspects of food storage and serving.

Here is a great article about where Xenoestrogens are and the health problems they create.
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Old 10-31-2007, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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SAN FRANCISCO — Consider the BornFree baby bottle. It's made from a plastic five times as expensive as the one routinely used for baby bottles. It has to be shipped all the way from Israel. And its retail price — $9.50 — is about triple that of a conventional bottle.

It's also a big seller in stores catering to parents who want the safest possible environment for their babies, stores where items labeled "bisphenol A-free" and "phthalate-free" line up next to the cloth diapers and breast pumps.

'Everywhere chemicals' in plastics alarm parents - USATODAY.com
I do believe that parents should strive for the safest-possible environment for their babies. It is frightening to think that something like SIDS could be caused by mattress off-gassing or that plastics could contain harmful ingredients.

However, some of these things are an easy fix. Breastfeeding, for example, would negate the need to special-order $10 bottles from Israel. Babies don't need endless plastic gadgets - there are WAHMs and small companies who make great wooden and natural cotton toys. Babies actually need very little - mom, food, basic clothing, and a soft place to sleep. It's all the "wants" that parents have and all the "stuff" that probably is most harmful in the long term.
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