So, now I've started my project of packing up our porcelain dishes and glassware and replacing it with reusable plastic drink ware and unbreakable Corelle dishes. Reusable because of two things: 1. It saves us money from having to constantly buy disposable plastic cups and paper plates, and 2. It counts as our little part of helping the planet by reducing our carbon footprint by way of not throwing away paper plates and disposable plastic cups. After I started cloth diapering last summer it really made me sit back and take a look at the other areas of our home that we could make more responsible changes. The kitchen was the first thing that came to mind. We simply quit buying disposable dining products and started using dish towels and wash cloths in lieu of paper towels. We still buy and use paper towels from time to time, but we use the "select-a-size" version to last us longer and to prevent more waste from happening.
Anyway, the straw that broke the camel's back this weekend (when it comes to safety) was when Eric was loading the dishwasher. He opened the cabinet to put something away, a snack bowl fell out and landed on top of a glass sitting on the counter. The glass broke and shattered instantly then it fell off the counter landing right on top of Eric's bare foot. His foot was bleeding, and he grabbed the broom to sweep up the shattered debris while I wrangled the kids in attempt to keep them out of the kitchen. It could have been a lot worse, especially if Eric or I wasn't there as an extra pair of hands. The kids love to hang out in the kitchen if at least one of us is in there so it frightened me that there were pieces of dangerous broken glass all throughout the kitchen (and the kids prefer to walk around barefoot). That was my little nudge into getting safer, non-breakable items for our kitchen.
Here's a deal I came across on Target.com for a set of 8 "splattered" plastic tumblers for only $5.58!
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