Safe Baby Healthy Child is giving a Best Product Award to Lifefactory Reusable Glass Bottles. Specifically, the award is for the bottles with the Classic Cap that allows drinking directly from the glass bottle itself.

Lifefactory has two glass bottles that fit this criteria: The “Classic Cap”, which comes in 22 oz, 16 oz or 12 oz sizes and the “Flat Cap”, available in a 9-oz size.

A variety of vibrant colors are available on the Lifefactory website.

Lifefactory bottles

Lifefactory’s Roots

Lifefactory came out of the concern of co-founder, Pam Marcus, a pediatric feeding therapist for 17 years. She witnessed the harmful chemicals and plastics coming in contact with food and hydration at a child’s most vulnerable stages and set out to change things.

What Makes These Bottles A Standout Product?

  1. Glass is our #1 choice for use whenever possible. Glass is free of BPA/BPS, phthalates, PVC, and polycarbonate.
  1. The beverage bottles are made of soda lime glass and manufactured in France.
  1. The innovative design of the silicone sleeve is a game-changer in making glass containers capable of being used on-the-go as they protect the bottle and provide a non-slip grip.
  1. The medical-grade silicone sleeves are made in the United States.
  1. The Classic Caps are made of polypropylene (pp#5) and are BPA/BPS-free/phthalate-free and made in Poland. The Flat Caps are manufactured in the U.S.
  1. All parts are easy to clean and dishwasher safe. The silicone sleeve does not need to be removed.
  1. Glass is inert and will not change the taste of beverages (unlike plastic and metallic bottles).
  1. Environmental impacts are greatly reduced compared to plastic water bottles and glass is 100% recyclable. Some recycling centers will recycle the silicone sleeves.

Why Choose Glass Over Plastic?

girl drinking from glass

Plastics can leach BPA (Bisphenol A), an estrogen mimicking chemical with health risks that include infertility, breast cancer, prostate and reproductive system cancer, diabetes, early puberty, genital defects in males, behavior problems such as ADHD, and obesity.

George Bittner, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin believes that BPA isn’t the only chemical in plastics that acts like estrogen. “There are a couple of hundred or maybe a couple thousand other chemicals that are used to make some kinds of plastics that are almost certainly as much a problem as BPA.”

 Did You Know?  The FDA banned BPA in baby bottles and children’s cups in 2012. But, BPA is still being used on the epoxy linings of liquid formula in metal cans.

In fact, testing of a new generation of BPA-free plastics has already revealed that they also leached synthetic estrogens “even when they weren’t exposed to conditions known to unlock potentially harmful chemicals, such as the heat of a microwave, the steam of a dishwasher, or the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Bittner’s research shows that some BPA-free products actually released synthetic estrogens more potent than BPA.”

Did You Know? A BPA-Free plastic bottle or sippy cup might have the even more harmful plasticizer BPS. Choose glass or stainless steel.

In 2009, German toxicologists at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, tested PET, the plastic used in most single-use water bottles. Using a particular species of mud snails that produce more embryos when exposed to synthetic estrogen, they found that the snails in the PET produced up to twice as many embryos as the snails in glass bottles. Martin Wagner, one of the researchers, commented, “What we found was really surprising to us. If you drink water from plastic bottles, you have a high probability of drinking estrogenic compounds.”

In her book, Our Stolen Future, Theo Colborn refers to the synthetic hormones found in pesticides, plastics and other products as “hand-me-down poisons.” That is, a parent’s exposure causes an affliction in their offspring.

Frederick Vom Saal, a biology professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia who studies BPA describes it like this: “A poison kills you, a chemical like BPA reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him.”

Did You Know?  All soda cans have BPA liners.

Patricia Hunt, a Washington State University geneticist who has been has been researching the effects of BPA for almost 20 years, succinctly summarizes her findings with this comment: “Any exposure to BPA could have consequences.”

“As scientists continue to research and test over time, there may be more discoveries from plastic than we now know” says Safe Baby Healthy Child expert, Mary Cordaro. “BPA-free, BPS-free and phthalate-free are just not enough. People look for bottles that say all that and they’re still not covered if they go with ANY plastic, no matter how good the “free’s” sound.  Just as they replaced BPA with BPS, that is equally or possibly more toxic than BPA, manufacturers will probably continue to find new plasticizers that are not any safer than the previously outed versions.”

How Can You Eliminate BPA And Other Toxic Plasticizers From Your System?

The answer is simple: Avoid Exposure. But, that may be easier said than done.

Take a look at some of the products that are known to have BPA:

  • Plastic water bottles
  • Inside linings of baby food jars
  • Linings of infant formula cans
  • Food can linings
  • Children’s toys
  • Store receipts
  • Cutlery
  • Kettles
  • Coffee machines
  • Teapots
  • Food mixers
  • Food packaging
  • PVC pipes
  • Medical and dental devices
  • Polycarbonate plastics
  • Plastics with the #7 on the bottom.

Change To Glass!

People are paying for bottled water because they believe it’s better for them but if they’re drinking out of plastic, they may be doing more harm than good.  The health benefits of using glass cannot be emphasized enough. Lifefactory bottles help make drinking out of glass a safe and healthy choice wherever you are.

Mary Cordaro, Safe Baby Healthy Child’s Healthy Building and Indoor Environmental Expert recommended Lifefactory reusable glass bottles for Safe Baby Healthy Child’s Best Product Award.

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