Picture this: You are feeding your baby from one the scores of Gerber's plastic baby food containers, and you glance, rather carelessly, at the bottom of the tub. And, to your utter horror and dismay, the number that greets you is, hold your breath, seven.
Now, wasn't there a hue and cry about seven being associated with a host of insidious repercussions? If you are completely flabbergasted that an iconic brand like Gerber can throw caution to the winds and can be utterly cavalier about the health of innocent babies, you have every reason to toss their containers in a dudgeon. Of course, that's if you decide to remain completely tone-deaf to the plethora of tips on the best use for Gerber baby food containers.
The Seven Saga
So what's this uproar about the plastic endorsed by Gerber? There's no doubt that the vague rubrics of BPA and the like are sure to bounce off people's consciousness. If this vexed subject seems as complicated as a narrative, here's a more lucid explanation.
If a plastic container is labeled with the number seven, it means that a combination of two kinds of plastics has been used. The containers manufactured by Gerber contain the #1 plastic, Polyethylene or PET on the inside, and # 6, Polystyrene, commonly known as PS, on the outside.
Now, where does that leave the headline hogging BPA? If you take time off to read beyond the hyperbolic headlines, you'll realize that #7 in the recycle symbol indicates the presence of bisphenol-A, referred to as BPA. Simply put, it's a noxious substance that's a constant presence in almost all polycarbonate plastics.
So even though the company has been crying itself hoarse about the total absence of BPA in all its plastic containers, the final decision rests with you.
Ultimate Test Of Creativity
If better sense has prevailed and you have decided not to take the brand's vehement denial too seriously, here are some simply sparkling alternate uses for Gerber's plastic baby food containers:
- Cover them with some bright fabric, and use them as gift boxes.
- Paint your imagination, both on the inside and out. You'll be surprised to see how they add to the infectious atmosphere of cheer during Christmas or Easter.
- Plant seeds in them, and experience a sweet rush of self-worth when the flowers bloom.
- Store homemade play dough in them, and let your imagination soar.
- If you're a kindergarten teacher, you could use them to house glitter, beads, paints, paste, paper clips, wet wipes, band aids or antiseptic cream. Basically, just about anything under the sun.
Patio lights, homemade bath salts, kitchen spices. . . the list just goes on and on.
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