Near the start of summer, our features reporter got an e-mail touting CVS Pharmacy products that would make life easier for busy moms.
Why am I talking about this now? It took me a while to calm down.
See, the product that caught my eye is Playskool's Wash or Toss Cups. They're sippy cups for kids that a poor PR lauded the cups, writing that you can "wash 'em or toss 'em without guilt since you can pick up a 6-pack for $4.49."
Oh, so if it's cheap enough, it's OK to consume unneeded resources and throw plastic in landfills. Nothing says, "I love my baby," like adding garbage that will still be there for your baby's baby's baby.
I became incensed. (It was that kind of day.) I vented.
Then I learned that if you need plastic cups for your kids, this isn't a bad choice.
First, the cups are recyclable, of course.
Second, the cups are "designed to withstand repeated washing and last much longer than a single use." This means moms can buy them and keep using them.
But won't washing them in hot water release all of the terrible plastic-y badness that we're learning to keep our kids away from?
That's the third thing: These beauties are apparently BPA-free.
PlaySkool's No-Spill Cup and Wash or Toss Cup don't contain bisphenol A. What's with bisphenol A? The short version is that even U.S. National Institutes of Health and U.S. National Toxicology Program panels agree that BPA could have neural and behavioral effects on kids. So cups and bottles with BPA might not be the best bet. These don't have BPA. They're made by Luv n' Care, which also makes Nuby infant feeding products.
Go ahead and buy these cups. Use 'em and reuse 'em and reuse 'em. When you do have to ditch them, toss them in the recycling bin.
So I got all worked up, and likely panicked a PR person, all for nothing. When will I learn to research first and panic later?