Aug 27, 2018
by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée
Dinner plates are often made of glass or ceramic. For children, however, these materials can be dangerous: One swipe of the arm, and their plate is on the floor, accompanied by a heap of food and a pile of broken glass or ceramic. That’s why children are often given plastic plates.
For children, durability and safety of dinner plates are important considerations. However, whether children's dinner plates may contaminate food and hands with hazardous chemicals should also be considered.
Plates made of plastic commonly contain chemical hazards—like the hormone-disrupting chemicals, phthalates and BPA. These toxic chemicals can leach from plastic into food. And the risks of leaching increases over time: through the aging plastic. The risk of leaching is further exacerbated from normal use, like when heated in a dishwasher or microwave.
These chemical hazards may contribute to various types of cancer, damage to the immune system, immature development of the male reproductive systems, obesity, precocious puberty in girls, asthma, allergies, and other health conditions.
Nontoxic dinner plates minimize hazardous substances that can contaminate your diet.
Four popular materials for children's nontoxic dinner plates are stainless steel, wood, bamboo, and silicone. Below are the pros and cons to consider when choosing a plate that’s right for your young child:
Children's dinner plates need to be made of materials that are durable, safe, and nontoxic. Stainless steel plates are the safest options. Other popular alternatives are wood plates, bamboo plates, and silicone plates.
Access Sophia's shopping list for her household staples. They're her favorite low toxic items that she can't live without. Also see which EMF protection products she uses.