- Don’t use plastic containers or plastic wrap in the microwave, even if the packaging says “microwave-safe.” Harmful chemicals can move from the plastic into food and drinks.
- Store food in glass or ceramic containers, rather than plastic. • When heating milk, use a non-plastic container. When the liquid has cooled to lukewarm, transfer it to bottles.
- Eat fresh or frozen foods whenever possible to reduce exposure to BPA, a chemical used in the lining of most food and drink cans.
- Avoid teething toys, bibs, bath toys, shower curtains and other items that contain PVC or vinyl (a type of soft plastic). These items can contain harmful chemicals called phthalates, which were banned in children’s toys in June 2011.
Want to learn more? Check out these CPCHE resources and FAQs:
- Get Drastic With Plastic. Reducing exposure to chemicals in plastic... for your children's health. Attractive rack card with simple tips for families.
- Playing it Safe: Plastics