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My Kids — The Joy and the Plastic: A Guest Post from Amber Strocel
Posted By Beth Terry On May 20, 2009 @ 8:00 am In Children and Toys,Interviews and Guest Posts | 18 Comments
The following is a guest post by blogger Amber Strocel who contends with child-related plastic. She’s found quite a few plastic-free alternatives and would like to hear your suggestions for ways to further reduce.
I’m Amber, and I’m a married mom living in Metro Vancouver, Canada. I am a big fan of Fake Plastic Fish, so I am very excited to write a guest post! You can normally find me on my own blog at Strocel.com  where I write a lot about my life in the suburbs with my two beautiful children. My daughter Hannah is four years old, and baby Jacob is 9 months. They are the light of my life, the source of great joy, the apple of my eye. All that good stuff. They also use a lot of plastic. Potty chairs, car seats, baby bathtubs, dishes, toys, the list is more than a little overwhelming.
I’ve always been environmentally conscious, or at least moderately so. I didn’t have many concerns with plastic in particular, though, until April of 2008. At that time Health Canada , a very main-stream government agency that advises Canadians on health issues, announced that it would be banning the use of bisphenol A  from baby bottles and formula cans. Bisphenol A is a chemical found in certain types of plastic. I was pregnant at the time, and I had a 3-year-old. I certainly didn’t want to expose my baby or my preschooler to a potentially harmful substance. I also wondered what other chemicals might be found in the plastic items we used every day. The items my children love to play with and suck on.
But if anyone has a better suggestion for getting rid of the cheap plastic stuff that litters our house, I am all ears.
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 Strocel.com: http://www.strocel.com
 Health Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/index-eng.php
 banning the use of bisphenol A: http://recherche-search.gc.ca/v?S_08D4T.s3rv5c3=basic&S_F8LLT2XT=BPA+AND+baby+AND+bottles&S_S20RCH.d7csP3rP1g3=20&S_S20RCH.l1ng91g3=eng&S_S20RCH.p1r1m3tr5cF53lds=hcyear,hcsubject,hctype,hcsource,hccollection&S_S20RCH.p1r1m3tr5cS7rt=ReverseAlphabetical&S_m5m3typ3.sp3c5f53r=INDEX&S_m5m3typ3.t3xt6p3r1t7r=OR&S_m5m3typ3.v1l93=html/xhtml&l7c1l3=eng&s5t34d=health&s9bm5t=Search&t3mpl1t34d=1&d7cr3f=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hc-sc.gc.ca%2Fahc-asc%2Fmedia%2Fnr-cp%2F_2009%2F2009_106-eng.php&S_08D4T.1ct57n=view&S_08D4T.7r5g5n=result
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