Cornish business woman Sarah-Jane Harper has launched a brand new range of children’s lunch-bags, reusable wraps and drinking bottles this year, through her Cornwall-based brand ‘Ecoboodle’.
Sarah at ecoboodle.com felt compelled to produce her own lunch-bags and accessories after discovering that many plastic and aluminium products contained harmful chemicals that can potentially affect growth in young children and cause damage to the environment in their production and disposal. Having received financial backing from the South West Investment Group and NatWest Bank, Mrs. Harper went on to design and manufacture her own, non-harmful goods, which are now on sale through Ecoboodle.
Mrs. Harper said, “Like most mothers, I want to make sure my children are safe and protected in every way, including what they eat and what they come into contact with. I was concerned when I stumbled across an article about the dangers of plastic bottles, and went on to unearth some frightening information on the plastics used in kid’s lunch bags.
“For example, many lunch-bags contain PVC which releases dioxins in its production and disposal, know as a Carcinogenic. Lead is also often added to PVC, which can harm a child’s developing brain,” explained Mrs. Harper.
“In addition to this, phthalates are added to PVC in order to soften it – this chemical is known as a hormone disruptor. The EU has already banned three specific phthalates in products for children and three more have been banned in products that children put in their mouths, so it’s clear that large governing bodies are starting to realize the very real dangers these plastics present. It seems silly to continue using them when, as I have proved, it is just as easy and cost effective to use less toxic materials.”
Mrs. Harper has now successfully produced the lunch-bags and a range of other accessories, designing the products from home whilst looking after her two young children, Alfie and Matilda. “Once I started realizing the dangers of certain materials I found that other commonly used items can also be harmful,” said Mrs. Harper. “Clingfilm, for example, contains PVC and aluminum/plastic drinking bottles contain BPA’s – another known hormone disrupter. In addition to this 275,000 tonnes of plastics are used each year in the UK, which end up in landfill and in our oceans. So I’ve also set about solving these problems by producing stainless steel bottles and a re-usable waterproof sandwich wrap – a better alternative to the environment and to our children.”
Ecoboodle lunch bags and accessories are now on sale through the Ecoboodle website www.ecoboodle.com.
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