GLASS vs. PLASTIC
Simply put, go with glass if possible! Glass doesn’t have any of the harmful chemicals that plastic has.
There are a few reasons you may need to get a few plastic bottles. One big reason is that some daycares will not accept glass bottles or jars of any kind. Another reason for plastic (I have a few for this reason), is if we’re traveling I don’t want to risk breaking the glass bottle and not having back up, so instead I’ll just bring one plastic bottle. When buying plastic bottles (or other items) you want to look for plastic that is BPA, PVC, and phthalate FREE.
WHY IS PLASTIC BAD?
Here are just a few of the compounds found in plastic and why they are bad (and remember these are just the ones that they know about today, everyday they are finding new things):
BPA – Bisphenol A – this is a chemical building block used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Among other reasons it is used is because it makes plastic lightweight, high heat resistant, optically clear, and it tough. It is bad because it is an endocrine disruptor and can interfere with the body’s hormones, especially estrogen, and scientists have linked it to cancer, diabetes, and reproductive disorders (in both women and men).
PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride – it is the third most widely produced polymer. It is a plastic that is all around us and has made our life more convenient, but as one article stated…this comes at a price. It has been called one of the most dangerous consumer products every created. It is known as a human carcinogen. It has been linked to cancer, birth defects, diabetes, learning and developmental delays, and immune system abnormalities.
Phthalates – this is a chemical used to make plastic more malleable. They are known to cause birth defects and reproductive problems (especially in males even leading to testicular cancer).
Born Free Plastic Bottles – 5oz – I definitely recommend glass, but if you have to go with plastic then these are BPA, PVC, and Phthalate FREE