Cookware is an essential need in every household. We use it to cook three square meals over non-renewable sources of energy. And it is used for or by everyone in the world! If we use our pots and pans so often and so commonly, it certainly needs to be one that is eco-friendly for us to live a truly sustainable and green lifestyle. That’s why it’s essential to choose one that is 100% green:
How to choose green cookware?
Choosing a cookware that is truly green for the environment is not easy, especially when the market is full of cookware options that are made in a way that is detrimental to the environment. To make things more confusing, the manufacturers paint the cooking pots green and label them as ‘green cookware’, but are they really?
The cookware made using metals, their compounds and/or chemicals affect the environment in many ways. The mining of metals calls for massive deforestation that has eventually caused even extinction of plant and animal species in those locations. The extraction and processing of metals produce waste that pollutes air, water and land. Making finished products from these metals is no different because so many chemicals are used to make them shiny and colorful only so the end user can appreciate their appearance. To make matters worse, an immense amount of energy is required from the mining of metals to transporting them from the manufacturing plant to the marketplace which makes these cookware just the opposite of green cookware.
Ceramic pots and pans are no different. The inorganic chemicals and metals used in ceramic clay is mined through fracking and its production is equally detrimental to the environment.
If only we had stuck to the cookware our ancestors used for cooking, we would have saved our planet from the havoc recent generations have brought to it over the last century or so. The ancient civilizations in almost all parts of the world used clay pots for cooking which not only kept their food healthy but also did not harm the environment in any way.
Can we still choose green cookware?
As they say, it’s never too late! We can still choose green cookware that is healthy for the planet and, thus, is truly green – MEC pure clay cookware. The raw material used by MEC is pure and natural unglazed primary clay (or pure clay) harvested from unfarmed and non-industrialized lands where the clay is free from any contaminants. No chemicals are used at any stage from procuring raw material to making pots and pans, instead MEC sticks to the old-fashioned way of making cookware using skillful hands – just the way our ancestors did.
Conventional cookware is bad for the environment in yet another way – in the amount of heat they need to cook your food. Almost all stoves today run on gas or electricity, both forms of energy are produced in a manner that is hurting the planet. Conventional pots and pans almost always need more than medium and high heat settings, which means more gas, more electricity to cook the same food because — metals and other raw materials heat and cool at the same time. Cookware made from natural clay on the other hand is an excellent retainer of heat, it cooks all food (taking the same time) on low or medium heat and nothing more! Because all the heat given to the pot is held in the walls of the pot it is effectively used up to cook the food, saving a ton of energy over time. Thus it is also economic to choose green cookware.
AND, unlike conventional metals, MEC cookware is 100% bio-degradable and easy to dispose after their useful cycle – they go back to the same earth without causing any harm to the environment. This is why MEC pots and pans are ‘green’ in every sense of the word.
It’s high time we choose sustainable living over existing practices for the sake of our planet’s health and our future generations. Head over to MEC Store and order pure clay cookware today, this is an important and powerful step in the right direction of sustainable living!