I have been a gig fan of Bazura bags for a long time and just look at them… they are so darn clever! There is nothing inherently cute about juice bags and plastic waste but when recycled into these adorable bags I think it just works. It become stylish and functional.
My daughter has been taking the mini lunch box to school every day. It is the perfect size for child’s school lunch and she seems to enjoy it as well. The regular lunch tote is actually quite roomy. We took it with us hiking this past weekend and it held egg salad sandwiches and some extra water for a little post hike noshing (served 3 easily). Since it is insulated I felt comfortable keeping the sandwiches in the trunk while we hiked. It was nice to have a rewarding little picnic afterwards.
We probably have more than enough lunch boxes… we seem to collect them along with water bottles, but I think these two are permanent additions.
More about Bazura Bags:
- Made from recycled juice packs by a women’s co-op in the Philippines
- Very durable and well constructed
- Saves non-biodegradable juice containers from landfills
- Every one is handmade, colorful, and totally unique.
They also have coin purses and shopping bags. Plus I think the lunch totes double well as purses. ;) These would make excellent Christmas gifts for the eco savvy folk in your life.
Just saw this morning that the awesome glass water bottles that usually accompany me outside for summer play are on sale for only $7.95. Just had to share a deal that good! Enjoy!
For the past few months we have been using the Restore Clean Water System. It is a $100 system that I happened to see on Amazon this morning at a 68% discount. Wahoo!
What I love about this system is that it goes a step beyond just filtering the water like most water purifier systems. After the water filters through the pitcher you connect it to an outlet and a UV light then purifies and removes 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of viruses and 99.95% of microbial cysts. The pitcher is also BPA free, which is important to me.
We don’t do bottled water and our tap water doesn’t taste or smell all that great (plus it is really cloudy) but the stuff that comes out of this pitcher tastes like the stuff you buy. It has become a routine that a few times a day I fill the pitcher up (8 cups) and run it threw both filtration steps. The pitcher resides in the fridge until we use the water or I fill the glass carafes that came with our our Soda Stream. The kids also like to watch the UV process.. it is quite pretty. It gives people a visual indication that the water is being purified, which helps with germaphobes who are clutching their disposable water bottles like security blankets… yes we have one of those in our extended family.
Every 40 gallons or so you need to replace the filter and as of yet I see no way to return the filters for recycling which is a major bummer. They are not expensive though, which a is a plus since the last water filter we used had some seriously expensive replacement cartridges. Overall it helps us to drink more water AND stay away from disposable bottles, which is a big win for us.
I have written extensively about BPA or Bisphenol A on this blog. It is a hormone mimicking chemical that can be found in some plastic types. It is most commonly found in baby bottles, water bottles, kids feeding items (cups, plates, bowls, utensils) toys, etc.
Today I saw an investigative journalism report from Fast Company that takes the BPA issue and really tells it like it. They accuse plastics manufacturers and chemical companies that make BPA of using the same tactics used by Big Tobacco to fund fraudulent studies and sow seeds of doubt about their dangerous product.
They did their own in depth investigation and found that the BPA debate is nothing but “a battle to protect a multibillion-dollar market from regulation”. This quote was especially telling:
Just five companies make BPA in the United States: Bayer, Dow, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, SABIC Innovative Plastics (formerly GE Plastics), and Sunoco. Together, they bring in more than $6 billion a year from the compound.
Of the more than 100 independently funded experiments on BPA, about 90% have found evidence of adverse health effects at levels similar to human exposure. On the other hand, every single industry-funded study ever conducted — 14 in all — has found no such effects.
It is a long article but worth the read with shocking info about scientists requesting that their names be removed from reports that claimed BPA was safe and final report statements about BPA being safe being made BEFORE studies even started!
The government is unlikely to start controlling the use of BPA. The United States has a long tradition of keeping harmful substances — lead, DDT, tobacco, PCBs — on the market for decades after scientists find adverse effects.
This is why consumers need to educate themselves about BPA and let their money do the talking. We can vote against BPA ourselves by not buying products that have it and supporting companies that don’t use it. Here are some of my BPA articles with product links:
BPA Free Sippy Cups – Foogo, Klean Kanteen, Sigg, Avent Naturally, and Born Free
BPA Free Sippy Cups Part Two– Boon Fluid, The Safe Sippy, Nuby, ThinkBaby, and Funtainer
BPA Free Water Bottles
Glass Baby Bottles– Evenflo, Medela, Playtex, Born Free
BPA Free Baby Bottles Part Two– Glass bottles with protective sleeves (Siliskin and Wee-Go), and polycarbonate plastic baby bottles, Green to Grow, Nuby, Dr. Brown, Evenflo, Adiri
BPA Free Teethers and Pacifiers– Sophie, Natursutten, Raz-Berry, Playtex, Gerber, Chan Pie Gnon, Nuby, Sassy, and more.
BPA Free Plates, Cips, Bowls, and Utensils– Boon, Camden Rose, Mini-Me, Emily Green, Dombo, Trebimbi, Sassy and more.
BPA Free Lunchboxes, Nursing Gear, and Toothbrushes
BPA Free Popsicle Molds
BPA Free Blender
Yet another great family owned store giveaway! The Soft Landing is a store dedicated to healthy, non-toxic products for the whole family. With all of the conventionally available products, and especially feeding items that are made of toxic plastics, Alicia Voorhies (a former RN) decided to give parents a better alternative. You will not find products with Bisphenol-a (BPA), phthalates, and PVC. What you will find are safe baby bottles, teethers, sippy cups, feeding gear, water bottles, lunchboxes, and much more. The site is also a great resource for finding out exactly why some plastics are dangerous with all the latest research and news about the topic.
What I love the MOST about this store is that they have amazing sampler packages where you try different brands. You don’t have to buy a six pack of one brand and then find out you don’t like them, you can buy several different products in one package and then see what works and what doesn’t. This feature is a huge time and money saver for parents.
If you want to stay up to date on the latest “safe” products and research into the not-so-safe ones, I suggest you sign up for the Soft Landing newsletter on left side of their web site. And now on to the giveaway! Alicia and her team at The Soft Landing have been gracious enough to giveaway an awesome prize pack to my readers and it is just in time for cold weather! Imagine drinking your coffee and tea in safety and style with these gorgeous Thermos containers. A $67 dollar value!! Great for you or for Christams gifts. ;)
The Thermos Stainless Steel Coffee and Tea Prize Pack:
1 – SS 12oz Tea Tumbler w/ Infuser – Espresso $23.00
1 – SS 18oz Grande Coffee Tumbler – Espresso $26.00
1 – SS 16oz Coffee Tumbler – Metallic Blue $18.00
The winner is comment #52 Princess Momma!!!