Meet Melissa Gunning, a Canadian business woman and all ‘round super mum, in our opinion. She’s the founder of ‘Wean Green’, a company that offers eco-friendly baby food containers.
The Wean Green containers are made with durable, tempered glass, so they can easily be stored in the fridge as well as heated up in the micro, without worrying about contaminating the food. Smart clips lock all the food inside, and they glass cubed and stackable – fitting perfectly into your baby bag.
The idea popped into Gunning’s head eight years ago, when she started feeding her daughter solids. Though she used glass to store food for her and her husband, she froze her infant daughter Rayne’s organic homemade food in plastic ice cube trays – even though she worried about what the plastic might contain. “My friends make fun of how eco-friendly I am,” Gunning says. “But I think it’s extremely important to get rid of plastics for kids.”
By the time her second daughter was born, stylish, ecological choices were available for everything from cotton diapers to swaddling blankets – but not baby-portion glass containers good for freezing and reheating food.
So the former elementary school teacher started calling tempered glass container manufacturers, asking them to start making baby food containers. (The tempering process makes glass strong enough to withstand dramatic temperature swings.) Eventually, a Canadian glass manufacturer offered to help her reach a company that agreed to produce her design.
Wean Green’s cubes are now moulded at a factory in China that makes glass up to Gunning’s safety standards – no lead or cadmium. A factory in New York tempers the jars, making them strong enough to put in the hands of an infant.
From The Calgary Herald