Plastics don't have the best rep these days. With phthalates and BPA (or whatever kind of new and untested compound they're using instead of BPA) and all kinds of other chemicals, it's probably something we should try to avoid as much as possible. Depending on the product, there are some much greener alternatives, my favorite being stainless steel (ex. Klean Kanteen or Safe Sippy water bottles and sippy cups), glass (ex. GlassLock food storage containers and Glass Dharma straws), wood (ex. toys by Melissa & Doug), and silicone (ex. Squeasy Gear food pouches).
But wait. Silicone? How is that different from plastic? Well, it's been shown that silicone, unlike plastic, won't leach into food. It's non-toxic (no BPA, BPS, lead, PVC, or phthalates), hypoallergenic, and doesn't have open pores for harboring bacteria or fungus. Silicone has high heat resistance, so it can be boiled to sterilize, thrown in the dishwasher, and even the washing machine and dryer! It doesn't fade, scratch, or retain oder. It doesn't decompose, but is recyclable at special facilities.
One silicone product I've just discovered and come to love is Silikids Silimap, which is a placemat made of silicone.
As you can see above, the Silimap is a great size, and has pre-sectioned panels allowing it to quickly fold up into a really easy-to-store size - great for the diaper bag or throwing in a kitchen drawer! It's dishwasher safe, easy to wipe clean - even after drawing on it with non-permanent markers and pens! And I love the educational map design, which comes in the semi-clear color or a turquoise).
Silikids is a mom-founded brand that launched in 2007 and manufactures modern, safe silicone products for kids. They have a great line of silicone products that make glass safe! For example, their Siliskins slip over glass cups to make them safer for kids. They have a Silibag (food storage bag), Silibib, and much more! Check out their full line of products on there website here. And if you're ready to have your mind blown, check out this video about their Siliskin Straw Tops... they turn any glass or cup into a covered straw cup! AMAZING!!!
The Silikids Silimap retails for $14.95 and you can buy it on their website or Amazon, OR you can enter to win one here!! One lucky winner will receive both the Silimap AND a pack of 2 Siliskin Glass cups and protective silicone sleeves (retails for $12.95 on their website or Amazon). This giveaway is open to US residents over the age of 18 and will end at 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 14. Enter in the Rafflecoptor box below and GOOD LUCK!!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, I was not compensated in any other way to do this product review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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I'm a NYC metro area mom blogger living in NJ with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1). This blog is chock full of product reviews, family travel guides, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, and several guides focused on kid-friendly activities and guides to South Brooklyn, Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, as well as family-friendly destinations beyond the NYC area (check the menu bar!)