7 Easy Ways To Stop Using Plastic For Your Kids

I read this quote in the morning somewhere, ‘don’t stand too close to the heater babe, plastic melts’. You and me, we both know what it hints at, yet it made me think of smiles. Yes the plastic smile we all have learnt to plaster on our faces. It helps us keep the party going, when surrounded by the nastiest relatives. It helps us diffuse a rude question or even an insult. And it surely keeps the seniors and in-laws happy. But I don’t want these plastic smiles or anything plastic in my kids’ life. I am happy to share that I am almost half way, getting rid of plastic from their lives. Here are my 7 easy ways to stop using plastic for your kids:

Search for wooden toys: They are out there, you just need to look beyond the cheap made-in-China plastic toys. The wooden blocks, alphabets, trains, puzzles, cricket-sets, kitchen-sets, DIY kits and much more. Much safer to play with these are your kid’s best bets. Of course there are also cloth-toys that are equally beautiful and make for fun playtime. So stop using plastic.

Switch to steel water-bottles & lunch boxes and bronze or brass utensils: I remember visiting my grand mom in our native village in India and enjoying a sumptuous meal in brass cutlery. She used to say eating food in certain metals is good for health as the food and water absorb the metals and pass it into our body. So I recently ditched corelle and plastic for these. This is precisely why my kids have steel bottles for school and not plastic ones.

In fact you might want to read up on this fabulous study on using iron supplement technique in Cambodia, it literally helped people fight anaemia by using iron vessels for cooking.

Use cloth pencil box: If you want to get the idea of plastic out of your kids’ mind start with their pencil boxes. We all now that these are the easy-gifts that your kids receive in hundreds. Each with an attractive cartoon figure or something as luring. Switch these for cloth-bags or steel boxes. I know it is a small step in our effort to stop using plastic, but it is an important one.

No Canned food: Everyday I get bombarded with ‘Kitchen-garden in your balcony’ kind of articles and loads of friends swear by these. Well I do grow my own vegetables here in Gurgaon, India and they are much sweeter and fresher than any produce in the market. But even if you can’t grow your own vegetables, there are tons of reasons to not pick canned food. The most important being that BPA is in the lining of almost all canned food to help prevent corrosion and food contamination. Read what motherjones.com has to say about BPA in Canned Foods. It pretty much is, in more brands than we can digest.

Avoid straws: Sometimes when I am socialising, I end up using a straw for my drinks because it is there in my glass. It is one of the things that we do not really need. But we don’t protest against either. And this is exactly what we are doing to our kids. Encourage the kids to drink that fresh juice or milkshake straight from the glass and avoid plastic straws. Of course if you are on the road and must have fresh coconut juice then straws might just be your best friend. Which explains why the sea and beaches are full of straws.

Make paper bags: Plastic bags around your toddlers head is a no-no because it can suffocate him/her. Similarly plastic bags are choking earth. There is nothing that cannot be packed or stored in it, well almost nothing. And that is why we need to start making our own cloth or paper bag. Here is how to make them easily at home with home-made glue: eco-friendly craft.

Plastic is not welcome in my home anymore. Not even for storage, I’d rather use glass containers or steel ones. What about you? Do you think I am over reacting or do I get a pat from you? Would absolutely love to hear from you. Till then do share easy ways to stop using plastic for your kids, with us.

Comments (22)

Raffa Posted on Apr 07, 2016

I have stopped using plastic once I've found that it's full of oestrogen. At first I though it was impossible but then I've found a lot easier. I also feel like this is something I want to pass over my children when I get them.


Kalliopi Sakellariou Posted on Apr 02, 2016

Loved your ideas. I don't have kids, but I have cousins and nephews to help! Thank's a lot!


Riley Reign Posted on Mar 31, 2016

such great ideas!!! But then if we use more wood we are killing more forests and therefore more air. Balance is necessary always.

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Karen Posted on Mar 31, 2016

Your options are great to avoid using plastic. The school administration where my daughter study does not require the use of plastic container, so we use glassware as food container instead. I don't use steel food container though it's much lighter to bring.


RUSS Posted on Mar 31, 2016

I am all for using less plastic or no plastic at all. This is something that should be taught to kids as well. It is best that they are taught about the importance of using minimal plastic. It's a healthy practice that they ought to bring with them as they grow up. I will have to read more about the metals & food and bronze / brass utensils - these piqued my interest.


Joanna Posted on Mar 31, 2016

I do not have children but I look around me and I see that I don't use that much plastic anyway. Yes, I use straws but how else can you really enjoy a coke with your burger, haha? :)


Missy Posted on Mar 31, 2016

Glad you made a post about this, since I really try to avoid plastic even for myself. People think of avoiding junk food and pollution but don’t realize this is an everyday pollutant for the body. I think this can be applied for adults as well since we aren’t immune to the effects of plastic. Avoiding plastic is also a relatively simple way to lead a healthier life, and not many people are aware of it. Thank you for sharing


Himanshi Lydia Singh Posted on Mar 31, 2016

hey Charu..another informative and innovative idea from you. Yes, we practice it to preach to our kids. Thats the way to go.


Roselle Carlos-Toledo Posted on Mar 31, 2016

I remember when I was a kid there was not much stuff made of plastic. Me and my siblings used crib made of wood. Our kitchen toys were made of pottery clays. And my mom told me she used glass feeding bottles.


ROBERT LEE Posted on Mar 30, 2016

I agree with everything except the wooden toys. Gotta cut down on cutting trees too. :)


Ivan Posted on Mar 30, 2016

These are wonderful tips in raising kids who are environmentally-conscious.


maryamkabir Posted on Mar 30, 2016

this is a really good post but honestly it's so hard to apply. I don't have kids yet but it's already hard no to use plastic, let alone fore kids. I'll stick with recycling maybe one day I'll able to be more like you


lynnblackmar Posted on Mar 30, 2016

I've been trying to use less plastic and more glass and metal, but sometimes stuff comes in so much useless packaging, it's frustrating.


sabrina Barbantebrina Barbante Posted on Mar 30, 2016

these ideas are very smart and I'll share this post with my mum friends right away. They'll be glad! Using less plastic is a great way to protect the environment, and I suppose when we have kids this becomes difficut


alison Posted on Mar 29, 2016

I have heard about the dangers of plastic. I still use plastic as it is a part of my daily life but I try to prepare food and eat food on anything but plastic. It's a step in the right direction!


Anamika Ojha Posted on Mar 29, 2016

You have shared some really nice tips in this post. Thanks for sharing it with us!


Adina M Posted on Mar 29, 2016

These are some great tips on avoiding to use plastic! I will keep them in mind for myself and also for friends who have kids. Wooden toys are a great option.


ratishagoyal Posted on Mar 29, 2016

We all know the hazards of the plastic but struggle to find an alternative. Your post is very helpful to all the moms. thank you for sharing.


Fatima Posted on Mar 29, 2016

I think this involves some thinking and hard work but definitely it will be good for the kids. I have really started to think about replacing plastic for my child now. Fatima | www.blogsbyfa.com


heidi Posted on Mar 29, 2016

Some really great ideas, I know plastic is ruining the environment.


Meenakshi Posted on Mar 26, 2016

I absolutely agree to what you share in your article. No plastic , however I have not been successful in implementing in my day to day life. Although I have initiatiated some changes in my kitchen as I store all my dals and masalas in steel containers, my son carries a steel bottle and a tiffin. However we need to initiate a movement to STOP Plastic and boycott all things that comes packaged in plastic. It is causing us so much harm. I would love to come and see how you grow your veggies and how can I do the same. Thanks! For sharing this article.

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Poonam Posted on Mar 26, 2016

Nice post ..I have one question What to use instead of sippy cup for 6 month baby? Dr told me to introduce for practice.

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Charu Chhitwal, Founder KetchupMoms has daring tastebuds, a love for travel and an owl for her soul. It’s little wonder then that she loves to write and share her tips and tricks on traveling, food,

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