Preparing healthy, appetising food that babies and toddlers will put into their mouths and not fling onto the floor, is understandably top of mind for parents, but have you given much thought to the mealware you serve it on? You’ll of course be looking for safety and ease of use, but wouldn’t it be great if it also helped the environment? As society turns its back on single-use plastics, there are smarter choices Australian families can make in their reuse of tableware that supports their kids’ health as well as preserving the environment for their future.

To this end, we’re shining a spotlight on babyU’s new range of reusable, bamboo-based mealware, available exclusively at Woolworths. It’s been designed for modern Australian parents who want to adopt more environmentally-friendly practices without sacrificing the convenience and value for money they crave when nourishing their young children. Before we explore the exciting range of products, let’s take a look at what makes bamboo a better alternative to standard plastic bowls, plates, cutlery and related mealware.

The wonders of bamboo

Kids and adults alike know that giant pandas love to eat it, but you might be wondering if bamboo is actually a grass or a wood, and what makes it a worthy contender for tableware. It officially belongs to the grass family, but don’t let that fool you in terms of its strength. In fact, bamboo is 3 times stronger than timber, and possesses a greater tensile strength than steel. Clearly, it can handle anything your infant or toddler has to throw at it!

Perhaps you’ve noticed the increasing popularity of bamboo alongside cotton, in textile-based products such as bed sheets and baby apparel, which harness this natural yet durable fibre. In fact, bamboo’s potential extends far beyond textiles, and is an ideal basis for food-handling products due to its intrinsic molecular properties.

Bamboo is….

  • Natural and free from harmful toxins
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Odour resistant
  • Durable and hard-wearing
  • Recyclable and biodegradable

Bamboo products as an alternative to plastic

From manufacturing all the way to disposal, bamboo is gentle on the environment and healthy for families. Crucially, its use in reusable or disposable servingware products can directly reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in oceans, rivers, and landfill that is gradually destroying our planet. Did you know that some plastic products can take up to 400 years to break down? Swapping plastic in favour of bamboo-based alternatives allows you to retain the benefits of easy-clean mealware that is safe for your family while protecting your environmental future.

If you needed further reassurance that bamboo is the way to go, it also ticks the boxes from a health perspective. Due to their artificial nature, plastic products contain chemicals that can leach into food, which does not apply to ethically manufactured bamboo-based products.

For more information on bamboo’s positive impact on sustainability practices, read our sister article on lessons in sustainability.

BabyU’s new bamboo mealware

BabyU is an Australian-owned brand for parents and babies that launched in 2005, and was founded on the philosophy that mums and dads should not need to pay a premium to get quality and value for money. Many mums will recognise them from their popular essentials like nappy bags, change mats and baby wipes.

They’re now thrilled to help you make your decisions around sustainable mealware easier, with their range specially designed for infants and toddlers 12+ months. It’s made from bamboo and polymer blends to provide the environmental benefits along with the durability and convenience that modern Australian parents are seeking.

Why you’ll love babyU’s range…

  • BPS, BPA and Melamine Free.
  • Top rack dishwasher safe and microwave safe
  • Individual sleeve packaging is recyclable

Familiarising your little one with mealware that has an environmental story behind it, is a great way to introduce the concept of sustainability and raise kids who have an appreciation for ethicality in food production and preparation. Next time you’re at Woolworths, pick up babyU’s new range to improve your family’s environmental footprint.