I've been waiting for the other shoe to drop ever since I first learned about the dangers of BPA (bisphenol A) a few years back. So when I saw this eye-opening Mother Jones article, The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics pop up in my Facebook feed a couple of days ago, I could practically hear the thud of footwear falling from the sky...
It turns out that many BPA-free plastics are just as bad for us as the BPA-laden kind, and possibly worse, in some cases. The endocrine disruptors in most plastics have far-ranging effects that not only make us sick, infertile and genetically wacky but they also mess up our children (assuming you overcome the infertility problems) and our children's children and our children's children's children and, well, you get the idea, right?
Perhaps even more disturbing, companies are not required to determine their level of toxicity before releasing them for sale and marketing them as "safe and non-toxic."
After reading, my guilty, panicked thought was, "Now I MUST get rid of the last few plastic sippy cups we have." We got rid of our Nalgene's back in 2008 when the news broke about BPA's badness. And we ditched all our plastic baby bottles a few years ago in favor of Born Free nice, sturdy glass bottles with silicone (silicone is among the least toxic plastics) nipples. And we've got some stainless steel sippy cups in the mix, too. But we'd never quite managed to rid our house of all of the BPA-free plastic sippy cups.
So I turned to MightyNest - the wonderful company I partnered with on my last non-toxic giveaway three years ago. They've got a great selection of glass and stainless steel water bottles and sippy cups for sale. I ordered a few new cups to take the place of the poisonous plastic ones we've still been using against my better judgment. Then I emailed them to see if they'd be open to doing another giveaway to help people ditch their poisonous plastics, too. They were :)
So read on to find out how you can win $100 worth of safe, non-toxic water bottles and food storage containers PLUS $100 for your school. MightyNest's unique program for schools supports the school of your choice when you buy any of their high quality, eco-friendly, non-toxic products – by donating 15% of your purchase price to your local school.
Take the pledge below and you'll be automatically entered to win a $100 MightyNest gift certificate. The deadline to enter is March 19th. Even if you don't end up winning this delightful giveaway, I hope you'll pitch your plastic now. You won't regret it.