Why we've chosen bamboo dinnerware
Well I don't know about you, but since having children, it feels like plastic has taken over our lives and especially our house!
Kids seem to be drawn to the bright colours, the loud noises and the flashing lights which often accompany a plastic toy. Then comes the plastic bath toys, the plastic dinner plates, the plastic spoons, the plastic cups.... and so much more. It got us thinking, are we just accepting plastic as the norm, or should we be questioning its affect on our babies and children?
Earlier this year, I read a very interesting article by David Cox (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/feb/19/are-we-poisoning-our-children-with-plastic), which posed this exact question - can exposure to plastics harm your health?
David noted that it's a question currently being explored by researchers after a recent study suggested that traces of a synthetic chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) can be found in more than 80% of teenagers. BPA is added to plastic to create a special form called polycarbonate plastic, used in making robust, impact-resistant materials for everything from food and drink packaging to DVD cases and medical devices. First created in 1891, it has been used commercially since the 1950s and is now one of the most commonly produced chemicals in the world, with 3.6bn tonnes of BPA generated every year.
The article went on to explain that the issue is BPA can be ingested or absorbed through skin contact, meaning that we are all regularly exposed through the chemical leaching out of packaging into food and drink – and over the past 20 years various studies have linked BPA to a variety of adverse health effects.
The author of this piece then goes onto explain that the biggest concerns have been the impact on foetuses and young children, who have underdeveloped systems for detoxifying chemicals – the consequences being that the younger you are, the higher the levels of BPA in your body.
As a result, in the US, the Food and Drug Administration has banned BPA use in baby bottles and infant feeding cups.
Thank goodness there is another option to plastic and to having your finest crockery smashed on the floor.
The two tableware sets we have chosen are made of bamboo fibre which is durable and long-lasting but is biodegradable once disposed of. It's free from BPA and phthalates and complies with FDA and EU food safety standards.
Making food fun
Whether your little one is a dream at the dinner table or a little more on the tricky side, having cute illustrations on the divider plates can make meal times a little more fun for them. Koko kids tells us that many toddlers seem to love these plates, perhaps the separation of the food groups is a little easier to cope with than a mound of food on one plate. We recommend you try filling their favourite section with colourful veggies. It might not make them into spinach loving creatures, but any encouragement is always welcome in our experience!
Great for gifts
Not just a pretty gift or another toy. Practical yet stylish giftware is the way forward because let's face it they probably have enough toys! The bamboo dinner sets are fun for children and useful for parents.