Have you ever heard anyone complain or warn about using plastic?
How many times a day do you use plastic? Everyone uses plastic….why shouldn’t I? We have been using plastic, as a society, for over 100 years and to put it in perspective, in 2002 107 billion pounds of plastic were produced in North America, and the average American throws away about about a half a pound of plastic each day. Not only does plastic come from petroleum and have the potential to pose toxic chemicals to our bodies, but, if not recycled, has a great impact on our environment.
Well, I haven’t completely given up plastic, but I have educated myself on the dangers that plastic can present in my family’s health. There is an alternative, and I was very excited to recently receive a FANTASTIC new product from Silikids. Entering their 6th year, Silikids was created to provide a safe alternative to the toxins found in plastics.
The set of four glasses that I received are glass and covered in a silicone sleeve. The sleeve is very attractive and has a great design! The silicone protects the glass from breaking if dropped and also assists little hands in holding by providing a better grip.
Research confirmed that silicone was indeed a magnificent material for children:
- it is non-toxic and hypo allergenic
- its non-porous nature makes it clean, where no bacteria could hide
- it has a high resistance to temperatures, making it easy to boil and sterilize (safe in dishwasher/washer/dryer)
- it does not retain odor or transmit taste to food
- its soft, pliable quality lends itself to multiple uses
Silikids was the first company to introduce silicone sleeves for glass baby bottles, know as Siliskins. This concept quickly took off and Silikids eventually launched the Siliskin Glass Line; drinking glasses encased in silicone sleeves. The company makes a variety of products ranging from kneepads for crawling babies, silicone sleeves for glass baby bottles, jars and containers as well as glass cups for kids and adults protected by their patent pending Siliskin.
Some interesting and silly facts about the Silikids family:
Here’s a few facts you might not know about us:
- You can drop a glass baby bottle from a 4 story building without it breaking! That’s why the patent pending Siliskin is the best around!
- Giuliana and Stacey (the Founders) refer to each other as their 2nd husbands.
- You must own cowboy boots to enter the Silikids warehouse and shipping center.
- The Silikids dog is named Wrigley…can you guess where his owner’s from?
- Every Silikids employee is a parent.
- In caring for the planet, a very conscious effort is made to produce products that last and promote reuse. Packaging is minimal, and silicone can be recycled at specific recycling centers. Send your Silikids products back to us and we’ll have it recycled for you!
Upon receiving the Siliskin glasses, I was so excited to see that, as they claim, the packaging was minimal. One of my biggest pet peeves upon opening a package is the overuse and waste of packaging…..this was just the opposite. Well packaged to avoid breakage, but not excessive to cause waste.
Another great attribute of these glasses, is that they are only 6 oz. glasses, so they are small enough for little hands and mouths. Noah is just learning how to use a cup without a lid, and the size of the cup was perfect and the silicone helped him keep a solid grip on the glass. The only spill we encountered was when he reached across the table for a toy and his elbow hit the glass. I was overly excited about how great these glasses are!
I am so happy to have these new glasses as an option for mealtime and would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone with children!!!
Make sure to take a moment to visit the Silikids website to view and purchase your own Silikids products, such as a set of 7 oz. glasses with the Siliskins, their silibib, the silicone baby jar wrap or even the Silipads – the silicone knee pads!
CONNECT! Silikids has a multitude of ways that you can stay in touch and learn more about the value of silicone, of great new and innovative products as well as specials! Come and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Silikids even has their own blog!
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