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PVC-FREE!

Posted in Bumkins, Press on August 16th, 2010 by heather – Comments Off

As most of you know, Bumkins prides itself in having safe products for both you and your child. We make sure that our products are lead safe, PVC, BPA,Art Smock phthalate & vinyl free. The Center for Health, Environment & Justice, an advocate for “responsible corporate behavior” and the use of safer chemical alternatives, released a “Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies.” TheĀ Bumkins Art Smocks made the list!

Our art smocks come in multiple prints, ranging from our Bumkins original designs to our loveable Seuss and Haring patterns. Keep your child and their favorite clothes and accessories mess free…and the paint stains to a minimum!

Bumkins Lunch BoxBumkins Lunch Boxes are also free from such harmful chemicals and are another fantastic back-to-school item. Be sure to check them out and keep your children’s lunches and snacks safe next school year, while also keeping them looking cool with the 8 different designs now available.

What is PVC? It is found in everything…from plastic and clothing to ceiling tiles and pipes! Known to its chemical buddies as polyvinyl chloride, this multifunctional plastic is harmful and detrimental to one’s health. Products with PVC and its additives [used to make it flexible] have been found to be releasing toxins into the air. Luckily, there has been an increase in awareness of its harmful effects and companies have been using a safer alternative for their items.

What is BPA? Known to its chemical friends as bisphenol A, this organic compound is also commonly used in plastic production. Most commonly used as the inside coating for most food and beverage cans, it is also found in everything from baby toys to medical and dental devices to electronics in the household. Its harmful effects include obesity, neurological issues, thyroid complications, cancer…the list goes on. However, there is hope! As you may have noticed, awareness of this horrendous compound’s effects has also increased and BPA-free products are becoming more readily available.

What are phthalates? Working with the above in health crime, phthalates are also used in plastics to make them more durable and increases their longevity of use. They are found in almost everything: as coating on your everyday pills and vitamins, makeup, toys, household items, packaging, detergents, perfumes, electronics…the list goes on! Like BPA, it also has a long list of harmful effects. Also like BPA and PVC, it is being phased out of production in many countries, including the United States.

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Avoiding Polycarbonates

Posted in Bumkins, Green Scene on March 4th, 2009 by johanna – Comments Off

Here are a few tips to reduce your exposure to BPA.

1. Avoid plastic containers with No. 7 on the bottom.

2. Use baby formula bottles made of glass or BPA-free plastic.

3. Buy foods that are fresh, frozen, or packaged in shelf-stable boxes instead of canned foods.

4. Cook and store foods in glass, porcelain, or stanless steel dishes.

5. Don’t microwave or wash polycarbonate plastic containers in the dishwasher. The heat and/or the detergent may cause the plastic to break down and release BPA.

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The New “Bad” Word – Polycarbonate

Posted in Bumkins, Green Scene, Nutrition Nook on February 27th, 2009 by johanna – Comments Off

Polycarbonate is made from bisphenol A or BPA and is identified by the recycling No. 7 on the botton of most plastic bottles and other containers. It is found in water bottles, plastic knives, forks, spoons, baby bottles, food storage containers, and in the epoxy resins that line the insides of beverage and food cans. The buzz surrounding polycarbonate has been very confusij0325360ng. Some studies have shown that this chemical may be harmful but to whom and how and by how much has not been clearly defined. Called a endocrine-disrupting chemical, BPA is linked to a host of health problems and although the findings are still not conclusive, the recommendation is to avoid the use of products made with BPA.

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