When we first started weaning our daughter we didn’t give too much thought as to what cup we would be using. Over the past year or so we’ve used them all. Sippy cups, Doidy cups, ones with straws and a few 360 degree trainer cups. What we never gave thought to over that time was the environmental impact that these cups might have. So when EvoCups reached out and asked us to review their environmentally sustainable, plastic free baby cup, we said we’d be more than happy to give them a go.
EvoCups Review: Environmentally Sustainable, Plastic Free Baby Cups
For the sake of clarity, I’m going to be honest with you right from the go. My wife and I aren’t exactly the most environmentally conscious people you’ll meet. Don’t get me wrong, we obviously recycle. But we still use disposable nappies, we throw our food waste into the general waste and we don’t really think about the impact that we might be having.
Chances are, if you’re reading this review then you might be a little more concerning than we are. Perhaps you’re looking for an alternative to the usual plastic cups and want to try something that’s better for the environment. If that sounds like you then I don’t think you’ll find a cup much better than what EvoCup have on offer.
The Positives of the EvoCup
Obviously straight off the bat the main positive of the EvoCup is the environmental benefits of using a cup like this. There’s absolutely no plastic involved and as they say themselves it’s “toxin-free, sustainable, ocean-friendly, and reusable.” I don’t really see how they could make this much better in regards to its environmental impact.
But it doesn’t matter how sustainable a cup is, if it’s doesn’t work then you’re simply not going to buy it. Luckily, the EvoCup is also a fairly good cup too.
It’s pretty easy to use. All you have to do is pull the silicone lid over the stainless steal cup and you’re good to go. It is a little bit tight at first, but the more times you do it the easier it becomes.
The Silicone lid makes you able to turn any cup into a sippy cup
One of the best things about the EvoCup is the fact that the silicone lid can be used on any other cup that you have. If you want to go out with your baby but don’t fancy taking a cup, then simply take the lid. You can easily fit it in a baby bag or changing bag and attach it to a regular cup when you’re out for food.
Are There any Negatives to using the EvoCup?
One thing that we quickly found with the EvoCup was that it was rather difficult at times to pull the silicone lid over the stainless steel cup. We were constantly worrying that the silicone would rip when pulling it over and eventually there was a small tear in one of the lids. After talking with EvoCup they did say that they had strengthened the material since we had received the products so perhaps this won’t be an issue moving forward. But since there are two cups provided then we just continued to use the other.
The Lack of Handles Might make it difficult for weaning in the early days
I will say that we started using this cup when our daughter was around 15 months old. So she was already well adept at using all sorts of cups. We have quite a few with handles, but we do have a few without. Of course these days she’s more than capable of using both. But if you are in the early days of weaning your baby then this cup will be a little bit harder to use.
When we first started using cups with our daughter we tried to encourage her to use them herself as much as possible. Obviously this resulted in a few spills but in the long run she learned to use a cup pretty quickly. Had we had the EvoCup back when we started weaning, I don’t really think we would have been able to use it all that often.
We don’t tend to use spouts or straws
This might just be a personal preference of ours, but we don’t really use spouts or straws when it comes to our cups. We do have one straw cup, but we bought that for me to use to give our daughter expressed milk when my wife was nights. I thought that having something she could suck the milk from would better replicate breastfeeding. I don’t think it really made much difference but it did mean I could keep the cup in bed with me at night.
Either way, we’ve both been a little put off by spouts and straws due to the concern of it impacting teeth development. But luckily the EvoCup is soft enough so that I don’t think that would be an issue here. And it’s not like you have to use the silicone, you can just use it as a free flow cup.
If You’re Worried about the environment then EvoCups Might be worth a look
If you’re someone who isn’t massively concerned about the environment and you don’t really care about plastic, then you might not want to purchase the EvoCups. I don’t really think I would recommend this if you’re just looking for a cheap cup to use whilst weaning your baby. At £17.99 for two cups that is a bit pricey if having a working cup is your only concern.
Of course, it’s still a decent cup, and the fact you can use the silicone lid on other cups does add a lot of value to it. But the main selling point here is its impact on the environment.
All in all, it’s entirely up to you how much you want to think about the environment when it comes to purchasing a baby cup. Perhaps it’s not everyone’s biggest concern right now, but plastic waste is an issue that isn’t going away any time soon. So for that reason, something like the EvoCups are certainly something people will have to consider in the very near future.
If you want to check out more from EvoCups, then you can do at their website.
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