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Celebrate Earth Day: Learn How to Recycle at Home

One of the most valuable lessons we can impart to our children is that each of us is responsible as a steward of the planet to do our part in taking good care of it. Learning how to recycle at home is a great family activity to take part in to celebrate Earth Day, April 22.

Recycling at home is more than simply tossing paper and plastic containers into a recycling bin. Many products sent for recycling are rejected for a variety of reasons, so however well-meaning the intent was, they still end up in our waterways and landfills. Proper recycling takes a little education and effort on everyone’s part but with these few steps, you will be well on your way to becoming a better friend to the planet!

Find out what products your local recycling center accepts and rejects. If you have home service, visit your recycling provider’s website and print out a list of what products they recycle. Post this in a prominent place, such as near your household recycling bin, where your family can refer to it. For items that aren’t accepted curbside, find out if there are alternative centers you can bring these products to and start a new recycling box or bin just for these. If you don’t have a home recycling service, find out where your closest recycling center or box is and who services it to find a list of recyclable products.

Prepare your recycling properly. All items in your recycling bin should be clean, dry and free of contaminants such as mixed-material films and food. Some recycling programs accept bottlecaps, some do not. Some programs ask that labels and plastic films are removed from bottles, some don’t. It’s important to know exactly what your recycling program requires!

Learn how to prepare plastic bottles for recycling here.

Use your green bin for food scraps. The green bins are for more than just yard waste. You can also recycle certain food products and food-soiled paper here too, such as paper towels and plates. For produce, remove any plastic ties, stickers or other non-edible materials. Never put plastic in your green bin! Collect your food scraps such as peels, peelings, coffee grounds, eggshells and other compostable items; you can store them in a plain paper or other compostable bag or a small kitchen pail. Deposit them in your green bin for weekly pick-up.

Take hazardous and e-waste to the appropriate facilities. Help keep the earth green by making sure chemicals and other hazardous materials don’t end up in our water and land! Common household items such as paint, fertilizer, motor oil, pesticides and pool chemicals as well as batteries, old electronics, and fluorescent lightbulbs can be dropped off at your local hazardous waste facilities. Some regions even offer special home pick-up for these items.

As you can see, there’s more to learn about how to recycle at home than just sorting paper and plastic! Soon you and your kids will be experts on your local recycling programs and making a greater impact on saving the planet. Happy Earth Day! Share your experience on our Instagram!

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Customer Favorite Spotlight: GrowBento, the All Ages, Eco-Friendly Bento Box

We designed Miniware’s GrowBento Box for people like us, eco-conscious parents with growing minis who’re always on the go! We wanted a more versatile food container that was both durable and flexible enough to support all growth stages. It had to be easy to clean and able to securely hold a variety of foods while keeping things fresh and not soggy. It had to be kid-friendly and help with natural self-feeding development. Plus, it was important to us that it be made with low impact, eco-friendly materials. Seeing nothing that met our needs as parents on the market already, that’s how GrowBento was born! It’s our answer to short-lifespan plastic food containers, bento, and lunch boxes.

With a beautiful and long-lasting stainless-steel shell and accompanying 100% food-grade silicone Silipod inserts, GrowBento can handle every stage of your child’s self-feeding development, from purees to school lunches. Both freezer and microwave safe, Silipods are perfect for storing and then warming purees. When traveling, insert puree filled Silipods into the GrowBento Box and use the extra space for wipes, bibs and our silicone Teething Spoon Set or whatever accessories you need. Hand wash or toss Silipods in the upper rack of your dishwasher to clean.

As your mini grows, GrowBento can handle finger foods too. The soft silicone expands making it easy for little fingers to practice pinching, scooping and picking up snacks. Add sauces to leak-proof Silipods for a fun dipping experience.

For children attending camp, school or daycare, you can pack an endless variety of healthy snacks and meals; soup and sandwiches, hummus and veggies, fresh fruit and yogurt. With four accompanying Silipods, the interior of GrowBento is completely customizable.  Silipods aren’t just great for making awesome lunch and snack combinations, they’re good for portion control too.

Unlike brightly colored, cartoon printed boxes, GrowBento has a clean, modern look that your child will never outgrow. This stainless steel bento box fits into any decor. GrowBento Boxes are so flexible for dining on the go, they make great lunch boxes for moms and dads too!

It’s no wonder it’s our customer’s favorite, eco-friendly bento box!

Why we love it:

Perfect for all ages from infants to school-age children and even adults.

Easy-clean compartments make mix-and-match healthy meals a breeze.

Long-lasting, sturdy materials withstand rigors of school, field trips and more.

Easy-clean compartments are dishwasher-, freezer- and microwave-safe.

Healthy FDA & LFGB approved, eco-friendly materials are good for kiddos and the earth.

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Clever Ways to Reduce Household Waste: Shop Smart for Low-Packaging Products

One of the best ways to reduce household waste is to eliminate it before you bring it home. Many people make the effort to reduce single-use products, a major source of solid waste. We bring our own straws and spoons, avoid plastic bottles and carry our own shopping bags. However, one area that is easily overlooked is packaging, the ultimate single-use product. Once we unbox or unwrap a product, the packaging is discarded. 

Excessive packaging has become commonplace, especially in this age of rapid-delivery retail. According to the EPA, packaging and containers make up nearly 30% of municipal solid waste and only a fraction of these products are recycled.  

Plastic packaging in particular is one of the highest generated types of packaging yet the least recycled. China, a leading recycler of US waste products, recently banned the import of any international plastic waste to protect its own environment and people’s health. By choosing low- or no-packaging products for your home, you’re making a conscious choice to lessen the impact your family has on the environment as well as rewarding companies who are being proactive about implementing earth-friendly practices.

Here are some quick ways to reduce household waste in your family through smart shopping:

1.       Carry reusable shopping bags for loose produce. Whether you’re at the supermarket or the farmer’s market, there’s no need to separate produce into small plastic bags or bubble packs. Larger produce is fine on its own in a cloth shopping bag and smaller, loose products can be bundled together (think long beans). When purchasing herbs, opt for loose bunches and avoid plastic clamshell-packed brands. Many Asian groceries bundle small produce in leaves to reduce waste! Forgot your bags? Try to limit your purchase to what you can carry or get creative and create a makeshift container from a hat, sweatshirt or jacket. If all else fails, opt for plain paper bags which can most easily be composted or recycled. 

2.       Choose packaging-free products whenever possible. Be mindful of products that come with excessive packaging. If one brand’s product comes in a box or plastic shell while another’s is displayed without packaging, opt for the one with minimal or no packaging. Keep an eye out for brands with “zero-waste packaging” standards or Amazon’s “frustration-free packaging.” Shopping for quality secondhand goods is a great way to save money and reduce packaging waste! 

If you can’t avoid unnecessary packaging, look for items packaged in a single, non-shiny material such as plain cardboard. Combined materials such as shiny paper boxes and gift bags, or plastic shells with film applied require special processing to recycle and often end up in our landfills instead.

3.       Shop smart, even online. When reviewing product details on Amazon or other online retail sites, make a note to check the product packaging notes. Also, combine your products into as few shipments as possible when the option is available to reduce cardboard and shipping waste. Better yet, buy locally and eliminate shipping waste altogether!

4.       Make your voice and choice heard. If you purchase a product online that arrives in excessive packaging, let the manufacturer and retailer know. Send the seller a note and let them know you disapprove of their wastefulness and will choose another brand next time.

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Reasons You (and Your Mini) Will Love Miniware

When we became parents, we wanted to find safe, natural dishes for our baby, something durable but also easy to clean. There wasn’t anything that met our needs or the needs of our growing child on the current market. We created Miniware to address the challenges facing parents and babies during self-feeding training and to have a low-impact, environmentally-safe product that was good for the earth from creation through disposal. Our Miniware family of health-conscious, modern parents love our dishes and we know you will too.

Why You’ll Love Miniware:

Safer for baby. Plastic baby dishes can leach toxic chemicals into food over time or when exposed to heat, such as in the microwave or dishwasher. Plastic-free Miniware is made from 100% all-natural materials without chemical additives. Perfect for health-conscious parents!

Long-lasting and durable. Baby dishes must stand up to the demands of even the most enthusiastic little diners. Ceramic dishes may be beautiful but there’s always a risk of chips or shattering. Plasticware can be durable but risks chemical leaching or plastic chips getting into food. Miniware is made from extremely strong plant fibers, molded into beautiful, sturdy dishware that can last for years with proper care. Great for indoor or outdoor use!

Easy to clean. Modern families require easy-to-clean dishware for busy lifestyles. Miniware can safely be placed in the dishwasher or hand-washed. For best results and to extend the life of your dishes, use the lowest dishwasher settings and avoid heated air-dry cycles.

Designed to help children learn to self-feed. The “easy-scoop” angle and wide openings of our dishes were created to help new self-feeders easily learn to scoop and grab different types of food. Combined with our Miniware cutlery sets, babies and small children will master self-feeding easily while developing their muscle control and balance.

Convenient and travel-ready. Miniware is ready to pack up and go wherever life takes you.

Low-impact and earth-friendly. Miniware is created from all-natural, sustainable resources with no chemicals used in manufacturing making it environmentally friendly from its creation through disposal. They’re a great alternative to plastic baby dishes which carry both environmental and health risks.

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One Easy Green Resolution for 2021: Make the Switch to Sustainable Food Storage

It’s not easy to switch an old habit into a new one. We all feel a little bit defeated when we fall behind in our good intentions and New Year’s resolutions, but don’t give up because of little hiccups. When it comes to ECO-friendly, a small step can make a huge impact. 

From plastic wrap to containers with short lifespans, it’s common for us to use plastics in the kitchen. Switching to sustainable food storage reduces your carbon footprint, keeps more plastic from entering our oceans and landfills and doesn’t require a big investment of time or money. It’s a win-win! Switching to non-plastic kitchenware also reduces the risk of related health issues from ingesting harmful toxins.

We listed out some areas you can improve your ECO living by a simple switch!

Sustainable Food Storage Ideas

Plastic wrap, as convenient as it may be, was created by a chemical company in the 1940s. It was originally made from toxic PVC material. Now, most plastic wrap is made from LDPE (low-density polyethylene) which is FDA-approved but still raises health concerns, especially when placed on fatty, warm, or hot foods which increase chemical transfer. Fortunately, there are simple, greener, choices available.

One place many people use plastic wrap is in the microwave to eliminate splatter when heating foods. Unfortunately, this is one of the worst places to use it! The heat, plus any food contact makes chemical contamination much more likely.

Another kitchen culprit is plastic storage bags and containers. Not only are they terrible for the environment, but they also shouldn’t be used in the microwave for reheating food for the same reasons as plastic wrap. Plastic can also shatter or break in the freezer. Switching to alternative storage methods isn’t just better for the planet, ultimately it will make your life more convenient!

Here’s how to make some simple switches:

Instead of plastic wrap to cover food in the microwave, switch to glass bowl covers. These safely stop splatter and have the added benefit of being able to head straight into the fridge to cover leftovers too.

Instead of plastic storage containers in the fridge, switch to glass. Thick glass jars are great for storing everything from soups to prepared vegetables and can be found at the supermarket or hardware store in multiple sizes. Use them in the fridge to reduce clutter, keep foods fresh and keep things organized. They look great too!

Instead of storage and sandwich bags, switch to stainless steel. They’re lightweight, come in a variety of sizes and styles and are great for storing small portions an meals. A bento box is an easy way to store leftovers while making it simple to grab and go for lunch the next day. 

Instead of foil or plastic wrap to cover foods in the fridge, try beeswax wraps. Similar to plastic wrap yet reusable and non-toxic, beeswax wraps can be molded around cut vegetables and used to seal bowls just by warming it a little in your hands, then just remove, wash and reuse! 

Instead of freezer bags, try glass or stainless steel. Thick glass jars are great for freezer storage; just remember not to fill to the top. Leave some room for the contents to expand. Stainless steel is another good choice for the freezer. Freeze large portions in containers and smaller portions in stainless steel ice cube trays or muffin tins, then transfer to a sealable container.

Instead of plastic storage and bags in the pantry, use glass containers and mason jars. Buying bulk can reduce a lot of packaging waste, cardboard, and plastic. Use sealed jars and other glass containers to store pasta, grains, legumes, and other bulk items. For a cool vintage look on your shelves, shop thrift stores to give new life to perfectly good glass storage jars!

From reusable shopping bags to stainless steel straws, there are many ways to reduce the amount of plastic in our kitchens. Fortunately, we have alternatives to plastic and other destructive materials, and more are arriving every day. Like us, other companies are working hard to reduce waste and increase sustainability.

Follow these simple tips and may we wish you a greener and money-saving 2021!

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5 Things to Know Before Buying Organic Baby Products

Not All Organic Baby Products Are Made The Same

Like many concerned parents, we are trying our best to raise our kids in a happy, healthy environment. Many products are on the market today claiming to be eco-friendly and non-toxic for babies. It can be a challenge choosing which ones to pick.

We’re happy to see plant-based products are gaining popularity. Compared to wood and even carved bamboo dishes, the plant fiber is more adaptable and easier to use and clean. Still, it can be confusing to know which plant-based baby products are best with so many options available. 

How do you as a customer know that the products are safe to buy?

Below is a two-step guide to evaluating plant-based fiber tableware to help you select products that truly are healthy, non-toxic and functional for baby.

Step One: Ensure the fiber is not infused with plastic.

We don’t recommend products that infuse plastic with natural compounds. They carry the same toxin concerns as regular plastic products in terms of leaching chemicals into food. Additionally, these types of products can’t be recycled because of the combination of two materials types. Many infused products claim to be biodegradable but that’s not entirely true. The natural fibers may be biodegradable but the small plastic particles will last forever in our water and landfills contributing to a growing micro-plastic problem in the environment.

The most commonly infused bamboo products are infused with PP or food-grade melamine. The FDA states that the chemicals in melamine will not migrate or transfer into food products as long the food is not heated to 70 degrees or higher. This can be a cause for concern if you reheat the soup, puree, or other cooked foods in the microwave. Toxins can also transfer through contact with boiling hot food or even due to a food’s acidity or oil content of the food! The toxins in melamine can directly affect the baby’s inner organs, especially kidney function. It’s best not to take such risks with your child’s health!

Here’s how you can tell which plant-based products are likely infused with plastic:

  • Flexibility – Bamboo fiber and natural resin binders are non-flexible compounds. If you find a bamboo product that’s flexible (such as clip-on products) and unbreakable (won’t crack under impact like dropping from a height or pressed by a heavyweight), this means it has materials infused, usually plastic.  
  • Weight – Plant-based products are usually thicker and denser than plastic or plastic-infused products, especially plates that are made to last. High-quality natural plant-based products can typically last 3 to 4 years with regular use. If you find lightweight plant-based plate that boast extended product life, you can be sure they’re likely infused with a plastic material like melamine.
  • Price – Traditional heat-press processing for plant-based fiber is slower than that of plastic or plastic injection methods which results in a higher production cost. Heat-pressing combines compounds like bamboo powder, plant fibers, and natural dyes through the application of pressure and heat, a natural process that’s free from chemical additives. This process also results in defects in some products like bumps or uneven coloring which requires them to be remade. Plastic products are created by filling a mold with a mixture of chemical dyes and plastic then popping out copies of the exact same product, a much faster, cheaper, and more toxic process.  

You can’t tell whether a plant-based product is 100% natural by price alone but factored into the other considerations, it can be a tip-off.

Step Two: Check that the product is designed specifically for children.

Children’s dishware differs from adult dishes in several ways and not just in size. Children are constantly growing and developing new skills, so a good bamboo child’s set will have features to help them learn.

You can identify a child-friendly design by these important points:

  • Ergonomics – Your baby needs help to learn and master eating skills. A good design will help kids enjoy learning how to self-feed instead of feeling frustrated during mealtime. A stable dish is a big help, so always look for dishes that will remain in place, like our Miniware plates and bowls with removable suction feet which prevent knock-over spills and accidents.

Size is also important. Many baby tableware sets are very cute and small but those don’t help your baby learn to feed themselves! Small children actually need more feeding space and chunky, round-handled utensils to practice scooping and spearing foods properly.

  • Longevity and Versatility – Kids grow fast, especially in their first 5 years. You want dishware that can support your kids throughout these growth stages. Tiny spoons and little bowls that can only be used for three months is not only wasteful but not budget-friendly either.

We suggest looking for designs that are properly sized with interchangeable accessories that can grow with your kids. Also, look for dishes that are useful in many scenarios. A cup that can act as a small bowl? Great! A bowl with a lid you can use as storage? Even better! Keep in mind, your baby will crave different foods as they grow up, buy dishes, and tableware that isn’t designed for a single function and can be used with all types of food.

If you’re looking for award-winning designs and non-toxic children’s dishware, Miniware is a good place to start exploring the world of safe, eco-friendly, natural dishware for your kiddos.

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Eco-Friendly Baby Products Help Ease the Transition into New Parenthood

Of course, having a new baby is a cherished time, however, a new schedule is a struggle following the wonderful feeling of being a new parent! It sure would be nice if life slowed down when you welcome a new baby, but that’s not usually how it goes! Instead, life can steamroll parents who already have hectic schedules by introducing them to the spontaneous, ever-evolving needs of the baby! Not to mention the guilty feeling when we toss away numerous amounts of one-time-use products, But before feeling panic, there are some parents like us, who put effort into making smart nursing tools for you.

While we can’t help with all new parent problems like lack of sleep or too few hours in the day, we designed Miniware products to help us when we became new parents. When our son Astor was born, there were no products on the market that met our needs as environmentally concerned parents. Too many baby products were single-use, had a short lifespan or were made using potentially toxic methods and materials. It was important to us that we have a safe, sustainable, and beautiful baby tableware designed specifically to support healthy milestone development.

How to Choose Smart Design, Sustainable Baby Products
When making a new purchase, take a moment to consider whether the baby products you’re buying will meet your family’s needs over the long term.

Choose easy to clean products. New babies mean lots of extra cleaning; housekeeping, laundry, and dishes! Skip anything that requires handwashing and opt instead for natural materials that can handle temperature fluctuations. Miniware’s products are made from 100% food grade silicone and plant-based materials that can be safely cleaned in the dishwasher. Not just tableware but deluxe bibs too!

Opt for multi-use products. Life with a new baby is always changing, so purchasing products that have multiple uses is a smart idea. Can a baby food container function as something else when the baby becomes toddler? Can a product transform from one phase to the other? Miniware put a lot of thought into designing our products to adapt as different solutions you need based on the baby’s age. For example, our GrowBento box comes with silipods which can start as perfect frozen baby food storage and soon doubles as a clever to-go container for dining out or picnics. Silipods are adaptable for safely storing, heating or freezing meals or leftovers. Our most beloved 1-2-3 Sip! is another perfect example of how we easily support different stages of baby learning to sip water with cleverly designed accessories. Just remember to ask yourself, “can I use this product in more than one situation?”Look for a long lifespan. Long lasting, durable products just make sense when you’re juggling a new parenting routine. Instead of baby products your kid will outgrow quickly, choose products that grow with your child. Tiny baby dishes won’t last long once your baby is a “big kid” and learning to self-feed!

We designed Miniware specifically for self-feeding training, but our products work for everything from purees to finger foods and cutlery. Smart features like angled sides for easy scooping and extra space for pinching/grabbing support your baby’s natural self-feeding milestones.

Support baby’s health and the planet with sustainable, natural products. Miniware’s products are plant-based and made from sustainable materials, not toxic starch . Not only does this protect your baby’s delicate growing body and brain, but it helps us leave a lasting legacy of sustainability for the children who will inherit our planet!

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Bioplastics and the Advantages of PLA for Eco-Friendly Baby Products

At Miniware, it’s important that we’re as kind to the earth as we are to our kids. Non-toxic materials, smart design and earth-friendly practices are the principles we follow when it comes to crafting our premium baby tableware line. In the past, we’ve introduced bamboo fiber, 304 stainless steel, and food-grade silicone to our baby products to support a healthy, eco-parenting lifestyle. We have now introduced our strengthened PLA into our Miniware family.

People have been using PLA in the USA for many years, but production has mainly focused on the replacement of disposable, one-time-use products such as food packages, cold beverage cups, and trash bags. Early generations of PLA were vulnerable to the heat. It softened at temperatures of 125F or higher. Advancements in PLA technology have led to big improvements in the strength, durability, and earth-friendliness of bioplastic products and as we strive to use the best technology available to us at the time, a switch to PLA just made sense. 

At Miniware, we believe multiple usage products are always better than disposable. When it comes to the manufacturing process, the advantages of PLA are many. Here are our top 5 reasons for making the switch to PLA:

1. Renewability: PLA is not only reusable but most importantly it’s made from renewable materials. By replacing “fossil carbon” with “renewable carbon” we can help mitigate climate change by minimizing the environmental impact of a product throughout its lifecycle. Early PLA was created from industrial corn, but the new generation of PLA products can be made with a wide array of crops. We’ve selected cassava as the primary material for our Miniware line because of its lower environmental impact, quick growing time and ability to grow in a wide range of conditions.

2. No Toxins Required: A major drawback of petroleum plastic products is the need for toxic additives during their creation. These chemicals, such as in the case of BPA, can have a lasting impact on our bodies, brains and overall health. Therefore it’s critical to use safe materials when constructing products for children whose bodies and brains are still developing. Bioplastics have fewer problems when it comes to food safety, however, some production processes or chemical color dyes can add toxins into PLA, so ultimately, it’s up to the manufacturer to ensure that the products created are truly toxin-free and safe for food. With Miniware you can rest assured that all our products are natural and free of harmful chemicals as our products meet the standards of leading safety organizations including the FDA and Germany’s LFGB. 

 3. Decomposable and No End-of-Life Secondary Pollution: Bioplastic earth friendliness surpasses petroleum plastic as it’s not only created from renewable materials but is also biodegradable when exposed to direct sunlight and high humidity, such as landfill conditions. While PLA can be recycled, there are no current programs in place here in the US or abroad. The sad truth is that many plastic products cannot or will not be recycled. With China’s recent restrictions on accepting mixed recycling waste from the USA, many recycling programs have ground to a halt. In our effort to create products with minimum impact on the environment from creation through its end-of-life, it’s important not to solely rely on recycling measures, but to create products with a healthier afterlife overall. Although PLA can take up to 12 months to decompose, it’s still a better solution than traditional plastic which can take 100 years or longer to full break down.  Additionally, PLA does not leach heavy metals or harmful toxins into the environment when burning or naturally decomposing. We believe that making reusable products with PLA will reduce significant amounts of ocean and land pollution, creating a long-term benefit for our environment and kids. 

  1. Improved Durability with Plant-Based Materials: One downside of natural materials in modern life is the low durability of the product. Traditional plant-based products such as carved wood and bamboo products are either non-dishwasher friendly or shatterproof with crush impact. While earlier generations of PLA suffered from heat susceptibility and lack of durability, the newest bioplastics have made great improvements in these areas. This strengthened PLA is even more suitable for modern family life than our current bamboo fiber line as it is dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe and much less brittle compared to most of the plant-based materials. 

5. Efficient Production Methods Reduce Cost: PLA is one of the very few plant-based materials that can be produced on a large scale. The injecting time is longer than petroleum plastic but is faster than other plant-based products. It doesn’t require labor-intensive work like wood carving nor does it require incredibly long machine times like bamboo fiber heat press molding. In addition to saving both human and machine labor, the production process reduces the defect rate compared to bamboo fiber molding which means less waste in production.

It’s an ever-changing world when it comes to clean technology for modern life. Miniware believes in both natural and smart solutions for our future generations. We strive to adopt the best solutions available and that’s the exact reason we think now is the best time to claim the advantages of PLA!

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5 Earth and Kid-Friendly Benefits of Plastic-Free Baby Dishes

When it comes to parenting, we all want the benefits of convenience yet worry about what is best for us and our babies. There are many challenges to face when you’re a parent, from making the best wellness decisions for your child to choosing the best products to use.

It’s important to know that serving food to your children in plastic dishes could impact their health. Plastic dishes and tableware are widely available everywhere because they’re cheap and convenient, but studies are now showing that plastic dishes are just as bad for us as they are for the planet. Plastic products labeled BPA-free aren’t necessarily safe either. Studies show BPA-alternatives produce the same negative effects as BPA. BPA and its common replacements—BPS, BPF, BPAF, and diphenyl sulphone have been shown to severely impact reproductive functions in mice; not in just one generation but future generations as well!

The best way to reduce to risk to your family, especially your children, is to stop using plastic with food. If you’re skeptical of plastic-free baby dishes, we don’t blame you! When it comes to baby dishes, it’s crucial that they’re durable and easy to clean. Can plastic-free dishes really stand up to daily life as well as melamine or other plastics? Yes! Even better, they’re vastly better for the earth too.

Here are 5 great reasons to switch to plastic-free baby dishes today:

They’re a healthier alternative for babies and the whole family. Miniware dishes are made from 100% all-natural, plant-based materials. There are no harmful chemicals added during manufacturing, so you can be sure there’s no leaching of dangerous toxins into your little one’s food.

They’re durable. Plastic-free dishes are nearly as durable as plastic, able to withstand daily use by energetic toddlers. They’re perfect for indoor/outdoor use and travel. Although Miniware can crack if dropped from a height, there’s no risk of chips or shattering.

They’re easy to clean. Plastic-free dishes are even easier to clean than plasticware, which can warp even on the top rack of the dishwasher. Heat causes chemicals to leach out of plastic possibly contaminating future meals. There’s no risk of that with bamboo! Plastic-free dishes are dishwasher safe, however, using a delicate cycle and avoiding drying cycles will extend the life of your dishes.

They’re of high quality. Plastic is cheap for a reason. While some plastic dishes can last a few years, they end up looking shabby and worn quickly. Plastic is sensitive to heat too. Left out in the sun, plastic dishes can crack or warp. Miniware retains its beauty over time. While some plant-based fibers may eventually show with extended wear, they add to the natural look and charm of your dishes without impacting their use.

They’re a lot better for the planet. 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flow into our oceans every year? Or that less than a fifth of plastic is ever recycled worldwide? Plastic-free dishes are made from renewable resources like cassava, bamboo, and yam.

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