- Step 1Look for a recycle number on the bottom of the bottles. Many polycarbonate products are not recyclable, so if there is a recycle number on the bottom, you may have run across a "safe" plastic. A recycle number has a triangle made of three arrows around it and is usually molded into the plastic.
- Step 2Note the recycle number. Certain recycle numbers are said to be safer than others. Steer clear of numbers 3, 6 and 7. Numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 are said to be safer. Categorizing plastics by recycle number is under some debate, so use your best judgement as to which plastics to buy.
- Step 3Visit sites like BornFree where they specialize in BPA free plastic bottles. They are made from a new plastic called polyamide that does not have any known health risks. These BPA free bottles are more expensive than some others, but peace of mind is well worth any price.
- Step 4Try glass bottles. Even though plastic is ingrained into parents' minds as what baby bottles are made of, glass bottles do still exist. Evenflo and BornFree currently have glass bottles on the market, and Dr. Brown is working on new bottles as well.
- Step 5Check out zrecs.blogspot which gives several articles and ratings about which companies care about what plastic they are putting in your children's bottles. They have a comprehensive bottle rating system and have tested several sippy cups as well.
i will update more on the BPA free bottle brand.still in reading