I've been slowly replacing items in my kitchen with safer, non-toxic choices. I'm actually surprised at how much there is and how long it has taken me. A couple of years ago we did a big overhaul, buying new pots and pans and even safer dinnerware. Some things had to wait until we had more money to spend, and others just got overlooked. Here is my hit list:
Bisphenol-A (BPA) - usually a clear hard plastic, can be labeled number 7 but there is no law requiring items to be labeled. Check the ZRecsGuide for specific information on whether or not something contains BPA.
Plastic - I'm extremely picky about even "safe" plastics in the kitchen. I do not like using plastic for anything that is going to be heated or have hot foods put in it. Often its difficult to tell what type of plastic something is made of, and its just as difficult to try and track down companies and get them to answer your questions (I've tried!). Tupperware and Pampered Chef unfortunately are both companies that are unwilling to be upfront about their plastics.
Non-stick coatings/ Teflon - This is a big one that I'm not sure we've fully eliminated from the kitchen. The Environmental Working Group has pages of research about this. Evidently its a well known fact among owners of canaries and other small birds that you must keep them away from the kitchen because fumes from non-stick cookware could kill them (small birds? ...what about small children?). I hate how the non-stick coating peels off after a while and then you're eating it. Bleh!
Aluminum - In looking for non-non-stick bakeware, many of the options are aluminum. I'm not comfortable with this either.
When shopping for new items I look for high quality stainless steel or glass products. I recently got to replace our plastic colander with an All Clad Stainless steel colander from CSN Stores. This one is very sturdy and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Its expensive, but will last forever. I also chose some Le Creuset spatulas - mini, small, and medium. The spatulas have wooden handles and removable silicone heads. They are made in the USA. Both the colander and the spatulas are high quality, safe items that I enjoy using in my kitchen. (Thanks, CSN Stores for the review items!)
We do still have things in our kitchen that I'm not comfortable with. For example, our waffle iron has a non-stick inner. I've been unable to find a good alternative. Are there things that you are working on replacing as you learn more about toxins in your home?