Hard Materials Guide
i play., Inc. makes Feeding, Toys, and Wellness products with safety and health in mind. We use a range of quality materials to provide functionality and convenience for baby’s daily care and whole development. When possible, we prefer using natural materials, such as glass or silicone, instead of petroleum-based plastics in cups, dishes, utensils, and teethers. However, sometimes manufacturing with plastics may add functions to a product that are practical, safe, and affordable. We continue to research the most beneficial ways of manufacturing to offer options for parents and their children. In addition, we provide educational information so that parents can make informed choices.
Glass– Has long been trusted as the safest and most hygienic material; Chemically stable and does not absorb tastes or odors; Petroleum-free glass is used in green sprouts® Glass Sip & Straw inner cup.
Tempered glass– Shatter-resistant alternative to conventional glass; Safe to use with rapid temperature changes; Petroleum-free tempered glass is used in green sprouts® Fresh Baby Food Glass Cubes.
Silicone– Stable, petroleum-free material made from silica (sand); Does not react with or leach into food; Extremely temperature resistant and hypoallergenic; Silicone is used in green sprouts® nipples, straws, Dishes, Utensils, and Teethers.
Stainless steel– Durable, nonreactive, and petroleum-free material; Does not hold odors or leach toxins; Stainless steel is used in green sprouts® Utensils.
Wood– A natural, renewable, and petroleum-free material; Sustainably harvested with FSC certification; Water-based stains are used for colors; Beechwood is used in green sprouts® Toys.
Distilled water– Free of bacteria, pathogens, chemicals, metals, and toxins; Distilled water is used in green sprouts® Teethers.
Non-toxic gel– Retains cold temperatures; Free of bacteria. Non-toxic gel is used in green sprouts® Cool Calm Press.
Natural animal bristles– From hair sheared from boar and goats. Natural animal bristles are used in green sprouts® brushes.
Plastics are unbreakable for safety, lightweight for convenience, and less expensive. They can provide healthy and practical options for cups, dishes, and toys when they are used with discernment and discretion. Because some plastics have a higher melting point, such as polypropylene, they are more stable and a safer material for baby products. However, over time they become chemically volatile when exposed to extreme heat or cold, saliva, detergents, oils, fats, and acids. Parents need to check plastic products for deterioration and replace them as needed.
Plastics used in i play., Inc. products include:
Plant-based resin– Safer plastic made from plant starches, commonly corn, tapioca root, sugarcane or potato; Small amounts of polypropylene are added as a binder and for flexibility. Plant-based resin is used in green sprouts® Sprout Ware® Dishes, Utensils, and Toys.
EVA (Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate), also known as pEVA (polyethy;ene-vinyl acetate)– BPA- and phthalate-free safer plastic fabric or molded into a form; Durable, flexible, and waterproof; EVA is used in green sprouts® Bibs, Snack Bags, and Teethers.
Polypropylene– BPA- and phthalate-free safer plastic; Less prone to leach chemicals due to its high melting point; Polypropylene is used in green sprouts® Cups, Dishes, Utensils, and Teethers.
Synthetic rubber– Safer plastic with high elasticity and flexibility; Durable and more hypoallergenic compared to natural latex rubber; Synthetic rubber is used in the lids and spouts of green sprouts® Fresh Baby Food Cubes and Cups.
ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)– Rigid plastic for durable function; ABS is used in green sprouts® Rainbow Rattle, Food Scissors, and Infinity Rattle.
EVA foam– Formamide-, BPA, and phthalate-free safer plastic; Flexible, and water friendly; EVA foam is used in green sprouts® Swim Friends.
Plastics and Additives to Avoid
Due to their potential toxic quality, i play., Inc. does not use these plastics or materials:
PVC • Melamine • Polystyrene • Polycarbonate • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) • Aluminum
Additives to plastic increase flexibility, durability, transparency, or make plastics harder and less breakable. Due to their potential toxic quality i play., Inc. does not use these plastic additives:
BPA • BPS • Phthalates • Formamides