How Do I Ethically Dispose of Unneeded Infant Bottles?
March 12, 2008 7:55 AM Subscribe
Now that my son has accepted that his "Ba" (bottle) is truly a thing of the past, what should I do with his bottles? Part of me wants to donate them (I even have unused nipples in packages) to a local shelter / food bank, but of course we all now know that clear polycarbonate bottles probably leach bisphenol-A into the milk. (saccade, I should have listened to you!!)
I'm very conflicted about this. Can you help me make the most ethical choice?
posted by anastasiav to Health & Fitness (32 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Infant feeding bottles are expensive items, and I'm sure there are low income women in my community who could use these bottles if I donated them, but I'm having some ethical issues with the idea of donating an item that I am aware would probably leach bisphenol-A into the child's milk or formula. (I did continue to use these bottles with my own son, despite the fact that I was aware of the issue, but I knew I was making an educated choice and took measures to limit the exposure.) As an educated, internet-using, middle-class mom I have the luxury of educating myself about this issue, whereas I'm sure that if I donated these bottles, most of the women who could use them most wouldn't even be aware of the issue.
On the other hand, I feel equally guilty about simply throwing away an item that could be useful to someone. I doubt my community would accept bottles for recycling (polycarbonate bottles are not typically marked with a recycling label.)
What would you do:
-- Donate the bottles
-- Throw them away
-- Some other option I'm not aware of?