I’ll be the first to admit – I’m a bit of a klutz in the kitchen.
Slippery fingers from the never ending process of food prep and dishwashing combined with my no toxic tableware policy is a recipe for the inevitable broken glass messes on a regular basis.
The trouble is, broken glass is dangerous even when you meticulously clean up the mess! Shards always seem to hide away to cause danger later not to mention the risk to the eyes and hands when the glass breaks.
My husband has been saying for a long time that we needed to find glasses and plates that don’t break or chip. I would just shrug and think to myself “good luck with that one” as I thought that an occasional glass mess was pretty much inevitable when you don’t use plastic tableware.
As it turns out, the type of product my husband was describing really does exist!
The glass company Duralex has been manufacturing tempered glassware for over 80 years in the heart of France. Duralex uses a proprietary process used for decades to create toughened glassware that is extremely resistant to breakage.
I’ve even dropped a Duralex glass (pictured to the right stacked on our counter) on the tile floor with no break, chipping or cracking!
Tempered glasses and tableware are equally suitable for cold or hot drinks, conveniently stackable, impact & chip resistant, microwave-proof, dishwasher-safe, and comfortable to handle and hold. This compares with the glass dinnerware at places like Ikea, which while inexpensive, easily break and chip into glass shards that are dangerous in your kitchen space.
Why I’ve Fallen in Love with Glass Tableware
I’ve really fallen in love with Duralex glass plates, glasses and bowls. The tempered glass that doesn’t chip or easily break means the kids can get involved with daily cleanup by loading/unloading the dishwasher and you won’t be concerned about ruining your dinnerware.
In particular, glass tableware is a safe, attractive and practical solution for the colorfully decorated ceramic tableware that is sold in kitchen stores. Most folks don’t realize that ceramic dinnerware can be just as bad or worse than plastic.
The reason is that ceramic tableware is manufactured using a toxic glaze that frequently contains lead and/or cadmium. Food Safety News reports that the presence of lead in ceramic glaze is what makes the tableware pieces appear so smooth and shiny.
What good does it do to prepare nutrient rich, whole meals and quality beverages only to serve them with tableware that in itself is a toxic choice that can leech into food?
Even tiny amounts of lead can cause permanent damage, especially for growing children. In Utah, doctors diagnosed young Chloe McBride with lead poisoning. Her severe constipation problems were lead induced and linked to her family’s ceramic dinner plates which were tested and found to be 10% lead! In another case, Paige Hullett, a teen suffering from concentration issues was diagnosed with lead poisoning, again likely due to the family’s choice of ceramic dinnerware (water and paint tests were negative).
How do you know if your dinnerware is safe? You really don’t and because lead is so pervasively used in the ceramic dinnerware industry, it is best to not buy it and use safe alternatives like shatter resistant glass instead.
Accept the Challenge to Take One Small Step Toward Glass
While it can be expensive to try and convert all your tableware at once to nontoxic glass alternatives, if you do it one piece at a time, it is very manageable and budget friendly.
Baby steps really do work!
To this end, I’ve partnered with my friends at MightyNest to bring you a challenge and an exciting giveaway. MightyNest is an online destination for browsing and sourcing a wide variety of products that support and reinforce a nontoxic, sustainable lifestyle.
Enter to Win a $500 Gift Card!
MightyNest is generously sponsoring a giveaway to one lucky reader for a $500 gift card good for purchase of any and all of the hundreds of items in their amazing online store, a one stop shop for nontoxic living products!
Best of all, 15% of MightyNest purchases are always donated back to your school! In addition, this month only, 25% of Duralex purchases will directly benefit the school of your choice!
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is accept the challenge to replace one tableware item with a nontoxic glass alternative. No purchase is necessary!
To enter the giveaway, take the pledge in the widget below. This automatically enters you to win the $500 gift card from MightyNest. Then, go a step further if you like for the MightyNest Savor the Summer Challenge to rally members of your school community to take the challenge with you to earn entry points and a chance for your school to win!
To give you some ideas, here are a few of the Duralex tempered glass products I have incorporated into my home, to my husband’s great relief, as it has all but eliminated kitchen glass breaks without resorting to plastic or toxic ceramic! Yay!
- Tempered glass tumblers (find them here)
- Tempered glass dinnerplates (find them here)
- Tempered glass serving bowls (find them here)
I hope you enjoy this fun and exciting challenge as we all work individually and together to transition our families and schools to environments that are safe, green, and sustainable.
This giveaway is sponsored by MightyNest. My heartfelt thanks for helping to support the companies that I believe in which allows me to continue publishing freely accessible health and wellness content, how-to videos and podcasts for you to enjoy.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist