If we can ditch the plastic, then so can our little ones!
Saving the planet and making it a greener place to live in begins with eco conscious parenting.
By providing our children with reusable drinkware (even as early as toddlerhood) you’re instilling a green mindset, and teaching them about plastic alternatives. And they’ll carry this knowledge with them throughout their whole lives and make smarter choices in adulthood as consumers.
Look, the thing is, baby bottles and sippy cups aren’t needed long term. Our kids outgrow them. And where do they go? The trash! So let’s at least make a collective effort to get something that’s either recyclable or biodegradable and compostable!
Alternatives To Plastic
Sippy cups are typically made from BPA-free plastic, which is great and all, but plastic can’t be recycled.
You can find much better and eco-friendly alternatives. More and more baby bottles and sippy cups are being made from materials such as glass, stainless steel, corn husks, wheat husks, silicone, bamboo, and even recycled milk jugs.
Below are a few great examples of eco-friendly, and even biodegradable options that are worth a try! They’re nontoxic and safe for consumption by your little ones!
These sippy cups by Husk’s Ware are completely biodegradable because they’re made from natural food-grade rice husks! They’re nontoxic and free from any and all harmful substances.
The only con to these cuties is that they’re not leak proof, but many moms don’t seem to mind because sippy cups get out-grown and tossed out. And since these are biodegradable, they won’t leave a carbon footprint once their time is up.
These glass sippy cups/ tumblers by Toddle Up come in a pack of 3 and hold 12 ounces of liquid. The lid and straw are made of biodegradable bamboo. They also have a protective silicone sleeve that stretches around and under the container which also acts as a built-in coaster.
The only con is that they are glass and weigh a little more than the typical sippy cup made of plastic or rice husks. They also have potential to break if your little one drops it onto hard flooring.
This fun 12 ounce sippy cup by F-32 is made from 304 food-grade stainless steel. It has a slash proof lid with a slider closer that’s great for transitioning your child to a big kid cup. The cute outer sleeve is made from silicone and the adorable graphic adds fun to meantime! They come in more fun designs to choose from for both boys and girls!
The only con is that the cup “sweats” when filled with cold liquid. However, because of the silicone sleeve, your little one will still maintain a firm grip!
This 8.5 oz sippy cup by WOLFSAY is made from biodegradable wheat straw—they’re completely compostable!It’s also extremely durable and contains a leak proof silicone sealing ring. The two handles are perfect for younger toddlers. The only con is that we wish more wheat straw sippy cups were manufactured because they’re so great!
These 12 oz sippy cups by SPNAVY come in a pack of 5 and are made from food-grade 18/8 stainless steel with stainless steel straws. The lids, sleeves and straw tips are made from silicone. It also comes with a straw cleaning brush for easy cleaning!
The only con is that, like most metal cups, this cup “sweats” when filled with cold liquid. However, because of the silicone sleeve, your little one will still maintain a firm grip!
This sippy cup by Pura is 11 ounces of 18/8 stainless steel with a medical-grade silicone spout. The best thing about this bottle, aside from being plastic free, is that as your toddler grows, you can transition the mouth piece component into a sport bottle or snack container.
The only con is that these components are an upsell and have to be purchased separately later on. The silicone components are also a little difficult to clean because they’re spill-proof.
ELK AND FRIENDS
These 8 ounce glass sippy cups by Elk And Friends are adorable mason jars that come in a pack of 4, and they’re great! They each have silicone sleeves, silicone straws and come with 4 additional silicone toppers that allow the sippy cups to transition into snack containers! The only con is that it’s glass and has potential to break if dropped.
These 10 ounce sippy cups by SUNZIO are made from kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel, and come in a pack of 4. The spouts and sleeves are made of food-grade silicone. The only con is that the silicone spout stretches over the mouth of the cups and over time, can wear out and rip if stretched too forcefully. Other than that, it’s a great product with many praises from green moms.
These no-spill sippy cups by RE-PLAY come in a pack of 2 and are made from recycled milk jugs! In fact, one cup saves two milk jugs from the landfill, which is really awesome! They have an easy to clean silicone valve and are extremely durable. There aren’t any negative reviews—only happy mamas.
These 8 ounce sippy cups by CUPKIN are made from stainless steel and come in a pack of two. They each come with a food-grade reusable silicone straw, and can be used without them. The only con is that younger babies might flip open the lid if not supervised.