Ahimsa  

Indianapolis,  IN 
United States
https://ahimsahome.com/
  • Booth: 2618

AHIMSA®: The first and only colorful, stainless steel dinnerware for kids

Ahimsa (əˈhimˌsä): A Sanskrit term meaning "avoiding harm." It's our name. It's our passion. It's our mission. 

Ahimsa® products are the first of its kind. Colorful metal dinnerware that is nontoxic, designed to encourage healthy habits, durable and made from steel; the most recycled material on the planet. 

In 2018 the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended replacing “plastic with ... stainless steel" given concerns of the harmful effects on children's hormones, growth and development. Designed by a Pediatrician Mom, the modular dinnerware encourages healthy habits at a young age while decreasing the environmental footprint of plastic. The idea was inspired by our founder's own roots in India where stainless steel is a staple at the dining table.  

By adding a splash of color to tradition, Ahimsa offers fully metal products without the use of paint or toxic chemicals. Our metal coloring process doesn't produce toxic run-off into the environment. Our packaging is plastic free and 100% recyclable!   

Our unique patent-pending nesting spoon is designed to “nest” on our bowl or any yogurt cup; this prevents cross-contamination that typical spoons encounter when laid down on a dirty surface. Parents can use it is a tea stirrer and our infant training cup can be later used as a rinse cup for tooth brushing. Our products are sized to grow with your child from infancy through adulthood. Our aim is to reduce and reuse. 

Since October 2019, Ahimsa has been in the prelaunch stage. As a brand new company committed to delivering the highest quality and safety, we have been listening to our customer feedback and requests as we believe customers are at the core of improvemens and innovation. We have refined our initial products and are actively expanding our line. We are excited to share our dinnerware with you at the JPMA as our introduction to the world!  Ahimsa's mission is to keep our children and our planet healthy. Put down the plastic. Pick up the Steel!

Join us on our mission to #redefinemealtime.


 Videos

Ahimsa: The World's First

 Press Releases

  • PEDIATRICIAN MOM DEVELOPS COLORFUL STAINLESS STEEL DINNERWARE FOR KIDS

     

    (Indianapolis, IN) - In 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics published the recommendation to “use alternatives to plastic such as glass or stainless steel, when possible” given growing concerns that chemicals in plastics may be harmful to children’s health. There was no mention of bamboo or silicone; and since glass shatters when kids test gravity, only one option remains. Steel.

    Noticing the lack of stainless steel dinnerware options in the United States, Dr. Manasa Mantravadi, a board-certified Pediatrician, began working to create a solution. After a year of research, development, and testing, she founded  Ahimsa - the world’s first colorful stainless steel dinnerware for kids!

     

    “My parents are from India and when I had my twins six years ago my mom, without asking, wiped out my cupboards of plastic and replaced it with steel versions from India. I should have known better as I myself grew up using stainless steel at the dinner table. Why in America have we come to rely so much on plastic and other materials? Asians have been using steel dinnerware for generations,” says Mantravadi.

    Nontoxic and durable, Ahimsa products are also designed to encourage healthy habits to grow with your child and are made from the most recycled material on the planet. The aim is to reduce and reuse.

     

    “As the Yetis of the world grow in popularity for their durability and sustainability, why do we limit that to travel or camping? Sure, you can take Ahimsa products camping or on a trip. They're stackable, space-saving and nearly indestructible. However, Ahimsa wants stainless steel to be a staple on your family's dining table,” says Mantravadi.

    Realizing that plain steel may not be as enticing as the superhero, princess and other character-themed dinnerware sets on the market, Dr. Mantravadi used her experience in medicine to bring some “fun” to the line’s safety and practicality. She applied a technique used in coating surgical implants to her dinnerware. The process allows a thin layer of metal to change its form and take on color, all while maintaining its natural and organic attributes. The color IS the metal! It, like plain stainless steel, is inert and won’t leach harmful chemicals into your child’s food, nor will any harmful bacteria be left behind as the surface is non-porous. 

     

    The compartment plate is a simple, visual cue to remind parents to serve a healthy variety and portion of food. The design mimics the modern-day food pyramid released by the USDA in 2011, which is now called My Plate! Food preferences are established in infancy and childhood.  Ahimsa’s modular system lays the foundation for healthy eating habits.

     

    Ahimsa is unique even among its niche market. In addition to offering colorful designs, each product is sized to grow with your child from infancy through adulthood. It’s a one-size-fits-all investment. When your baby outgrows the infant set, your child can continue to use the bowl for snacks and the training cup as a rinse cup during toothbrushing. The compartment plates, cutlery, cups, and bowls offer the ability to consume age appropriate serving sizes from childhood to adulthood. The deep compartments allow for larger serving sizes as kids grow. The intentional design encourages older kids and teens to choose a variety of foods in healthy proportions. . Ahimsa’s patent-pending infant nesting spoon easily rests in the bowl without falling out during feedings, helping to prevent messy cross-contamination with other surfaces. It easily hooks into yogurt cups, preventing tipping of containers often seen with regular spoons. And parents can also use the nesting spoon as a stirring spoon for tea or coffee. Simple, practical, and lasting. 

     

    Ahimsa also recognizes sustainability as a critical component to ensure a healthy future for our children. Steel can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing its integrity. Ahimsa products and all packaging are plastic free and 100% recyclable! Did you know that packaging is the #1 culprit of plastic consumption in the United States?  According to the EPA, plastic accounts for 13.1% of generated waste while only 3.1% of it is recycled; the rest ends up in landfills or oceans. According to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), there is more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way.

     

    “So, if we can encourage healthy habits while using material that is better for our kids and our planet, why not band together to be part of the solution? I cannot combat this billion-dollar giant alone. But I know two things that have stood the test of time: the power of parents and the strength of steel. Join Ahimsa in protecting our greatest treasure – the future,” says Mantravadi. 

    Ahimsa is more than a company. It’s a movement. Ahimsa is on a mission to redefine mealtime, one family dining table at a time. Put down the plastic. Pick up the steel.



    Dr. Manasa Mantravadi is a Pediatrician at Riley Hospital for Children. She was named Indiana University School of Medicine’s Physician Mentor of the Year in 2019. 


 Products

  • Children's Set, Rainbow
    rainbow color
    free of BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine & Lead
    food-contact safe, grade 304 18/8 stainless steel
    100% metal, no additional paint or chemicals
    zero plastic
    no peeling, chipping, or breaking
    deep compartments
    dishwasher safe or simple hand wash...

  • Five-piece set, includes:

    • one compartment plate
    • one bowl
    • one cup (8oz)
    • one spoon
    • one fork

    Product Info:

    • rainbow color
    • free of BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine & Lead
    • food-contact safe, grade 304 18/8 stainless steel
    • 100% metal, no additional paint or chemicals
    • zero plastic 
    • no peeling, chipping, or breaking
    • deep compartments

    Product Care:

    • not microwave safe
    • dishwasher safe or simple hand wash

    Safety:

    • stainless steel is great at keeping cold things cold and hot things hot—be sure to allow hot beverages or food to cool before consumption
    • for infants and young toddlers learning to drink from cups, we recommend the infant/toddler cup as it has a rolled edge and is the perfect size for their smaller hands

    Dimensions:

    • compartment plate: 8.5 (w) x 9.8 (l) x 1.2 (d) inches
    • bowl: 4.6 (w) x 4.6 (l) x 1.9 (d) inches. 12 oz
    • cup: 8 oz
    • spoon: 1.4 (w) x 6.2 (l) inches
    • fork: 1.0 (w) x 6.3 (l) inches
  • Children's Set, Iridescent Blue
    Iridescent blue color
    free of BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine & Lead
    food-contact safe, grade 304 18/8 stainless steel
    100% metal, no additional paint or chemicals
    zero plastic
    no peeling, chipping, or breaking
    deep compartments
    dishwasher safe...

  • Five-piece set, includes:

    • one compartment plate
    • one bowl
    • one cup (8oz)
    • one spoon
    • one fork

    Product Info:

    • iridescent blue color
    • free of BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine & Lead
    • food-contact safe, grade 304 18/8 stainless steel
    • 100% metal, no additional paint or chemicals
    • zero plastic
    • no peeling, chipping, or breaking
    • deep compartments

    Product Care:

    • not microwave safe
    • dishwasher safe or simple hand wash
    • visit our Product Care section for more info

    Safety:

    • stainless steel is great at keeping cold things cold and hot things hot—be sure to allow hot beverages or food to cool before consumption
    • for infants and young toddlers learning to drink from cups, we recommend the infant/toddler cup as it has a rolled edge and is the perfect size for their smaller hands
    • visit our Safety section for more info

    Dimensions:

    • compartment plate: 8.5 (w) x 9.8 (l) x 1.2 (d) inches
    • bowl: 4.6 (w) x 4.6 (l) x 1.9 (d) inches. 12 oz
    • cup: 8 oz
    • spoon: 1.4 (w) x 6.2 (l) inches
    • fork: 1.0 (w) x 6.3 (l) inches
  • Children's Set, Classic
    classic color
    free of BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine & Lead
    food-contact safe, grade 304 18/8 stainless steel
    100% metal
    zero plastic
    no peeling, chipping, or breaking
    deep compartments
    dishwasher safe or simple hand wash...

  • Five-piece set, includes:

    • one compartment plate
    • one bowl
    • one cup (8oz)
    • one spoon
    • one fork

    Product Info:

    • classic color
    • free of BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine & Lead
    • food-contact safe, grade 304 18/8 stainless steel
    • 100% metal
    • zero plastic
    • no peeling, chipping, or breaking
    • deep compartments

    Product Care:

    • not microwave safe
    • dishwasher safe or simple hand wash

    Safety:

    • stainless steel is great at keeping cold things cold and hot things hot—be sure to allow hot beverages or food to cool before consumption
    • for infants and young toddlers learning to drink from cups, we recommend the infant/toddler cup as it has a rolled edge and is the perfect size for their smaller hands

    Dimensions:

    • compartment plate: 8.5 (w) x 9.8 (l) x 1.2 (d) inches
    • bowl: 4.6 (w) x 4.6 (l) x 1.9 (d) inches. 12 oz
    • cup: 8 oz
    • spoon: 1.4 (w) x 6.2 (l) inches
    • fork: 1.0 (w) x 6.3 (l) inches
  • Infant/Toddler Set, Rainbow
    rainbow color
    free of BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine & Lead
    food-contact safe, grade 304 18/8 stainless steel
    100% metal, no additional paint or chemicals
    zero plastic
    no peeling, chipping, or breaking
    patent-pending nesting spoon (prevents cross-contamination)...

  • Three-piece set, includes:

    • one bowl
    • one trainer cup (4 oz) with rolled edge
    • one nesting spoon (patent pending)

    Product Info:

    • rainbow color
    • free of BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine & Lead
    • food-contact safe, grade 304 18/8 stainless steel
    • 100% metal, no additional paint or chemicals
    • zero plastic
    • no peeling, chipping, or breaking
    • nesting spoon rests in the bowl without falling out during feedings, preventing messy cross-contamination with other surfaces
    • trainer cup with rolled edge allows infants and toddlers to practice skills early without big spills and broken dishes

    Product Care:

    • not microwave safe
    • dishwasher safe or simple hand wash

    Safety:

    • stainless steel is great at keeping cold things cold and hot things hot—be sure to allow hot beverages or food to cool before consumption

    Dimensions:

    • bowl: 4.6 (w) x 4.6 (l) x 1.9 (d) inches. 12 oz
    • trainer cup: 4 oz
    • nesting spoon: 0.8 (w) X 5.5 (l) inches
  • Infant/Toddler Set, Classic
    free of BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine & Lead
    food-contact safe, grade 304 18/8 stainless steel
    100% metal, no additional paint or chemicals
    zero plastic
    no peeling, chipping, or breaking
    patent-pending nesting spoon
    trainer cup
    dishwasher safe...

  • Three-piece set, includes:

    • one bowl
    • one trainer cup (4 oz) with rolled edge
    • one nesting spoon (patent pending)

    Product Info:

    • rainbow color
    • free of BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine & Lead
    • food-contact safe, grade 304 18/8 stainless steel
    • 100% metal, no additional paint or chemicals
    • zero plastic
    • no peeling, chipping, or breaking
    • nesting spoon rests in the bowl without falling out during feedings, preventing messy cross-contamination with other surfaces
    • trainer cup with rolled edge allows infants and toddlers to practice skills early without big spills and broken dishes

    Product Care:

    • not microwave safe
    • dishwasher safe or simple hand wash
    • visit our Product Care section for more info

    Safety:

    • stainless steel is great at keeping cold things cold and hot things hot—be sure to allow hot beverages or food to cool before consumption
    • visit our Safety section for more info

    Dimensions:

    • bowl: 4.6 (w) x 4.6 (l) x 1.9 (d) inches. 12 oz
    • trainer cup: 4 oz
    • nesting spoon: 0.8 (w) X 5.5 (l) inches

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