Check out the Smart Plastics Guide for all you need to know on plastics! Not all plastic is harmful, but research shows that #3, 6 & 7 are the ones to avoid. Glass & stainless steel are the best alternatives I believe for durability, longevity and helping to avoid plastic waste.
What do we use?
Water bottles – Kleen Kanteen
Food Storage (dry goods & leftovers)- canning jars (all sizes) – collect from garage sales, goodwill, etc., save all glass jars that food purchases come in (jam, pickle, mayo jars), pyrex glass storage, we have a small set of Rubbermaid flex & seal plastic storage containers (which are BPA free)
Baby Bottles – Evenflo Glass Baby bottles (only $5 for three 8 oz bottles!)
Baby Bibs – Crocodile Creek bibs (Note: I no longer recommend the crocodile creek bibs – they are very mold prone and I have experienced this in two different sets – one of which was returned for a free reimbursement set, and I still experienced the same problem on the replacement set. I now highly recommend IKEA’s Barnslig Bands Bibs – awesome and safe!)
Sippy Cups – Avent Magic Cups (I would really like to get one of the Kleen Kanteen sippy’s)
Baby Dinnerware - currently use Gerber bowls (#5), IKEA cups & plates (on my to buy list) – IKEA products are reasonably priced and BPA & PVC free
Shopping Bags – IKEA reuseable canvas bags – these are awesome because they are huge! I only paid $1.50 each and have three for all my shopping needs – grocery store to the mall!
Ziplocs – I have discovered that ziplocs are a #5 plastic, being safe for use. Avoid using for reheating. They get lots of reuse and I haven’t found any better alternative at this point.
The main caution with plastic: don’t use it in the microwave or for any heating up uses!
If you are on the look out for safer baby products, I encourage you to visit The Soft Landing blog. They have done an abundance of research to reveal what products are safe for your baby in every area from bibs, to bath toys, to pacifiers, to safe cups and dishes. A great resource! Definitely do a little research before buying all the plastic gadgets for babies!