With all the scary news about plastic toxins, I’ve been very tempted to throw away our kids’ many plastic plates and bowls. The only reason why I’ve stopped myself is the fact that they have to eat off something! I haven’t wanted to buy metal dishes made of aluminum or stainless steel, because it always brings to mind the word “leaching”. I’ve also stayed away from wood plates, because it’s hard to know what kinds of unsafe oils they may use to treat them. And I’m not ready to sacrifice our good dishes – especially when my one-year old’s way of telling us she’s finished eating is by hurling her plate to the floor.
After much surfing online, I am so very excited to have found a solution. Corelle! It’s been around since 1970, and is made of three layers of glass that resists breaking and chipping! It’s safe to use in the dishwasher, oven and microwave – looks like China, feels hard like glass – and Corelle has a 3-year warranty against breaking or chipping. I’m ordering the dessert bowls and luncheon pates, because they look like the right size for the kids. Ah – it’s amazing how a find like this brings such peace of mind!
Update: It looks like the prices have doubled on Amazon.com since I wrote about these dishes. You might want to take a look at the Clearance section of Corelle.com where they usually have similar plates and bowls for less than $2 each.
Also, I ended up not ordering the Corelle after all. I’m using real porcelain dishes and glasses with my kids instead.