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The Green Life: Green Your Parenting: Ditch the Plastic Bottle

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April 26, 2010

Green Your Parenting: Ditch the Plastic Bottle

Baby bottle Being a parent makes the initiative to live sustainably feel that much more important. But it can be a difficult balancing act. To make things a little simpler, this week we're providing easy green parenting tips so you can reduce your kids' impact on the planet they stand to inherit.

Tip #1: Opt for a Glass or Steel Bottle

Your baby's favorite plastic bottle is harmless, right? Nope. It harbors the nasty compound bisphenol-A (BPA), which is linked to cancer, heart disease, and brain-development problems. When you heat milk in a plastic bottle, it leaches BPA into your child's drink. Plus, it's definitely not green: BPA gets into waterways, stunting fishes' reproduction and development. Protect your baby and our wildlife by opting for a sturdy glass or stainless-steel baby bottle.

Tip #2: Choose Cloth Diapers

Tip #3: Pack Their Lunch

Tip #4: Plan an Eco-Friendly Birthday Party

Tell us: What are your favorite green parenting tips?

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