As a parent, you’re always conscious of what your child is eating or playing with. You’re constantly aware of the tiny little pieces in toys that could sneak into your child’s mouth or how much sugar they’re eating, so why not take the same care with the dishes they’re using on a daily basis? Sure, plastic dishware is convenient—especially when little hands try to throw them across the table—but plastic dishes also contain harmful chemicals like DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, DNOP and BPA, which make up a chemical group called phthalates. Phthalates essentially ensure that plastics bind together and they keep the plastic flexible.
So why is this chemical group bad for you? For over 70 years, scientists have known that BPA is an endocrine disruptor. It mimics estrogen and can cause a variety of serious human health issues including cancers, reproductive health disorders and obesity. Phthalates have also been linked with reproductive development issues, specifically in young boys.
Enter Ceramic – The Time-Honored, Non-Toxic Choice
For an estimated 30,000 years, human beings have made the necessities of life—as well as beautiful works of art—out of ceramics. Nothing could be smarter, greener or saner than eating vessels made right out of the great earth. When you set a set of ceramic dishes before your child, you are serving up tradition and good sense.
To be safe using ceramics as your choice of material for baby dishes and any children’s dinnerware, be absolutely certain it is lead-free. All Emerson Creek Pottery is made in the USA of lead-free ceramic clay and is non-toxic. It is microwave and dishwasher safe and is an excellent choice for your child’s first set of dishes.
Other safe alternatives include glass and American-made stainless steel. Taking plastic and suspicious metals out of your home may seem limiting at first, but we hope that the ceramic baby dish sets we’ve created will convince you that you’ve got great, safe options to choose from for your family.
Honoring Children’s Need For Real Goods
We’ve noticed that the advent of a world of plastics for children seemed to coincide with new attitudes about raising youngsters. These new attitudes hinged on setting children apart in a world of their own, jam-packed with hi-tech products exploding with noise, crazy colors and blinking lights. It’s almost as if, somewhere along the line, manufacturers and marketers decided that children were some type of different species that needed to be overwhelmed with stimuli in order to be happy. Many of us have had the opportunity to notice that most children actually get more mileage out of a set of wooden blocks than they do out of this year’s hottest throw-away plastic toy.
More importantly, caring adults have noticed that babies and children are happiest when they are being allowed to fully participate in family life. Eating, playing and working at great projects alongside adults is what helps little ones grow to recognize themselves as an important part of the human family. Have you ever noticed how toddlers want nothing more than to get to do what you’re doing? Whether that’s sweeping the floor, making dinner or planting something in the garden, the heart of a child seems happiest when it’s included in the everyday tasks of making home a good place to live.
Our ceramic children’s dinnerware offers you a chance to honor your child’s need for real goods —just like the ones the big kids and grownups are using! Rather than buying into the false belief that children need cheap, substitute plastic products, why not purchase something handmade, safe and genuine that will show your child that you think he or she is worthy of real goods? The potters at Emerson Creek Pottery definitely believe your child deserves this kind of quality.
What About Breakage?
One of plastic’s most convincing selling points has been that it doesn’t break if dropped on the floor. Of course, this is also the reason we’re having such a problem with it in landfills! Though our ceramic baby dish, baby bowl and baby cup sets are made of very sturdy ceramic, we’re not going to try to sell you on this with the plastic ‘advantage’ of being indestructible. If baby is left unsupervised and decides he has had it with strained carrots and throws his plate on the floor, yes, it just might break. Our advice to concerned parents—eat with your baby! Don’t set him off on his own to eat. That’s not appetizing or sociable for anyone, and we bet you can head off plate-throwing at the table if you’re enjoying meals alongside your little one.
Our Commitment To Your Family’s Safety
Emerson Creek Pottery is one of America’s last domestic commercial pottery houses. We are located where you live—in the USA—in a pretty little town called Bedford, Virginia. We can see the Blue Ridge Mountains from our pottery shop and we want to keep them beautiful while keeping our neighbors safe and healthy. Read more about our green business practices.
In our own simple way, we have made a commitment to your family’s well-being by offering you non-toxic, domestic-made housewares. Your purchase of baby dishes from Emerson Creek Pottery not only supports the economy your family lives in, but it also makes the statement that you want healthy goods to choose from. So long as Americans continue to ask for lead-free, plastic-free, non-toxic Emerson Creek Pottery ceramics, we’ll keep crafting them. We’re committed to giving you sensible options.