Which is the Most Earth-Friendly Cookware and WHY?
Human civilization has transcended from a time when it used to solely depend directly on nature for all its needs to a point where it has become independent in many ways in providing for itself. This independence has driven us far from the connection we used to cherish with nature and our surroundings. Little did we know then as to how this would affect the health of our planet and indirectly affect our own health. It is now a phenomenon that is all too clear and is gaining more and more awareness by the hour. Global warming and climate change are as real as one's own existence. The various forms of pollution, the depletion of earth's natural resources, the effects of heavy metal and chemical contamination, massive deforestation, the numerous landfills, are not only affecting our beautiful planet, but is also making it extremely difficult for the survival of many species in the animal kingdom including our own.
Consider just some of the ways making of conventional cookware have contributed to this disruptive pattern:
Thousands of acres of forest land are cleared to create iron, coal, copper, titanium mines and for mineral ores used to make ceramics and other metal cookware disrupting wildlife and the various animals that live there.
Land Laid Waste Permanently
Any land that is cleared for mining is then laid waste permanently because of the highly toxic byproducts and tailing (mine dumps). Not only this land but thousands of acres surrounding these plots also are rendered too toxic and polluted for human or animal habitation nor can it be used for any cultivation.
Extensive Toxic Water & Air Pollution
Toxic waste and byproducts have contaminated more than 12,000 miles of rivers and streams and 180,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs in America alone. Hundreds of tons of pollutants such as Carbon monoxide, benzene, ammonia and toluene are released into the atmosphere, during the mining, extraction and processing.
Large amounts of energy is consumed for the processing of these ores, minerals and metals and several thousand of tons of greenhouse gases are produced during this process.
Extensive Damage To the Oceans and Marine Life.
Almost all cookware used in the USA is made elsewhere outside the country, most times it's in the opposite side of the globe. The few who make their cookware here get their raw material from china or other places. This lucrative overseas trade is taking its toll on the people and also on the oceans these ships tread on. The most filthiest form of diesel fuel is used to power the massive and heavy ships and because of their speed and size they inevitably collide into the marine life, the life of many endangered bigger fishes and whales become the victim.
The Depletion of Earth's Natural Resources
Once a portion of ores and minerals are extracted from deep inside the earth or from rocks and mountains, it does not get replaced with more. This depletion may have serious negative consequences on the earth's magnetic fields.
So How is Pure-Clay different?
It's a 100% renewable resource that is 'harvested' not 'mined'
Pure-clay is found right on the surface of the earth, does not require any mining! It is formed by the unique action between water, earth and air. It is a 100% renewable resource, which means when a portion of it is taken for our use, the earth is designed to make more!
Pure-Clay is 100% Natural
Our raw material pure-clay is a composition of different nutrients and micro-nutrients (See full list of Nutrients here). Interestingly these nutrients are found in a very precise proportion similar to that in which they are found in the human body. When you cook in pure-clay, you're cooking in a pure version of the same earth that grows and nourishes your food.
When disposed at the end of their useful period, they return to the earth in the manner that they were extracted. They become a part of the earth and in fact nourish (not pollute) the earth where they are disposed.
Extremely Therapeutic in Nature
Because of the nutritional composition of pure-clay, our potters can testify to the therapeutic benefits of working with it. Their experience is a far cry from those who work in the toxic mines and other cookware production facilities.
They're Made in the USA and All of them travel Certified Carbon Neutral
And all our raw material is from within the USA (we're probably the only cookware company that can say that) and the packages travel certified Carbon Neutral. You can read more on how they are shipped carbon neutral here. and here.
Besides being green in the making & shipping, MEC pots and pans are green in their functionality as well. And here's why:
All Foods Cook On Medium Heat or Less:
Pure-clay is an excellent retainer of heat and all the heat given to the pot is locked inside and spent on cooking your food. Metals heat and cool at the same time so higher amount of heat is needed when cooking with metals and ceramics.
Keeps Food Warm for Long Periods of Time:
Sometimes up to 5-7 hours. Reducing the need to heat and re-heat the food,again helping you save money and energy!
Some Foods Can Cook With Heat Turned off:
When cooking recipes with grains (rice, quinoa, pasta), or vegetables and some lentils and beans you can conveniently turn the stove off once heat builds-up inside the pot. The food will finish cooking with the just that heat! No need to leave stove on till the last minute.
We at Miriam's Earthen Cookware clearly understand that in order to live an optimal life we have to work with nature and not against it. It is for this reason that we have designed and made cooking pots and pans from one of nature's purest and best gifts-All-Natural Clay. Our clay is harvested from carefully selected areas. There are no chemicals or additives added. We don't even glaze our pots, because besides glaze being a toxic material, we have tried and tested the numerous benefits of clay cooking and strongly believe that clay pots are at their best when they are in their natural form and not coated with glaze.
They are reusable and fully biodegradable. At the end of its useful period, which can be several decades long or more, our pot continue to be "green". You can break it up and use it as an all-natural fertilizer for your garden. If it gets cracked due to rough handling, you can use it to store vegetables in the fridge, the inert walls prevent EMF radiation from depleting the foods nutrients or reuse as a sprouter or garden pot... plants thrive in clay pots!