Green Cookware: Which is the Most Earth-Friendly Cookware and WHY?
Just as healthy cooking is important for our health, use of truly green cookware is important for keeping our planet "healthy". The presence of pollutants and toxins in the environment are bad for the health of the planet and eventually our own.
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 this would affect the health of our planet and our own. It is now clear and is gaining more and more awareness by the hour.
Global warming and climate change are as real as one's own existence. We are dealing with various forms of pollution, the depletion of earth's natural resources, the effects of heavy metal and chemical contamination. Moreover, massive deforestation and the numerous landfills are not only affecting our beautiful planet but are also making it extremely difficult for our survival.
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. They are used to make ceramics and other metal cookware disrupting wildlife.
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). Also, thousands of acres surrounding these plots are rendered too toxic and polluted for human or animal habitation. They can not 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. 180,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs are affected in America alone. Hundreds of tons of pollutants such as Carbon monoxide, benzene, ammonia, and toluene are released into the atmosphere during mining, extraction, and processing.
Large amounts of energy are consumed for the processing of these ores, minerals, and metals. 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 on 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. It also affects the oceans these ships tread on. The filthiest form of diesel fuel is used to power the massive and heavy ships. Because of their speed and size, they inevitably collide with the marine life. As a result, 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, 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? -- 100% Green Cookware
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. 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 the 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, these green cookware made from pure-clay 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 far cry from those who work with toxic metals.
They're Made in the USA and All of them travel Certified Carbon Neutral
All our raw material is from within the USA. We're probably the only cookware company that can say that. Our packages travel certified Carbon Neutral. You can read more about 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. This is why they are truly green cookware. And here's why:
All Foods Cook On Medium Heat or Less:
Pure-clay is an excellent retainer of heat. 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 the stove on until the last minute.
We understand that in order to live an optimal life we have to work with nature and not against it. We have designed and made cooking pots and pans from one of nature's purest gifts. Our all-natural pure 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. 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 continues 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 food's nutrients. You can reuse these as a sprouter or garden pot... plants thrive in clay pots!