Now we're satisfied customers of the low-key, no-frills functionality of First Years' Take & Toss lids and cups. We prefer to think of them as "losable," not "disposable," and until the Great Toxic Plastic Scare of '07, we used the same set of cups and lids for most of the kid's solid food-eating life.
We just replaced the cups a couple of months ago, only to find that the kid gnaws on her sippy nozzle like a bookie on a five cent cigar. Made us wonder if moving, the impending baby, and being three was kind of stressful for her. Anyway, they were mutilated into uselessness in no time.
So as I tear open another new pack of Take & Toss cups, I can't help thinking what a horrible, horrible name that is for a plastic product in Earth's-End-is-Nigh 2008. First Years apparently thought so, too, which is why someone slapped a little "reuse and recycle" on the package and pulled the recycling symbol from around back. [Oh, what's that? You can't recycle #5 polypropylene?]
It must've been great having kids back in the 80's or 90's when First Years launched the Take & Toss; there was no environment that needed protecting, no landfills that needed emptying. The world was your $20-a-barrel, petroleum-derived oyster.
Except that the trademark application for Take & Toss was only dated 2002. First Years' parent company is a baby gear licensing octopus called Learning Curve, and it seems to be rather flat.
Take & Toss series at Learning Curve [learningcurve.com]
On the bright side, you can buy replacement lids separately [learningcurve.com]