What is “Green” cookware and What’s behind the label?
What comes to your mind when you see a cookware label that says “Green”? You might believe the product you are buying is good for the planet. It is fully biodegradable, non-polluting to the environment and safe for cooking. But the reality is that some cookware marketed “Green” and non-toxic contain at least 5 toxins. These toxins cause serious health problems, but most people buy them depending on the label. Keep reading to find out more about such cookware.
Toxins present in conventional cookware
Teflon (PTFE), Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Cadmium, Nickel, and Lead are some of the many toxins commonly found in conventional cookware. A simple Google search will lead you to information on what these can do to your health. Kidney failure, liver damage, lung disorders, renal failure and cancer are among the diseases these toxins can cause.
In fact, all metals are innately reactive so if your cookware is made from metals or contains metals/metal oxides in any form (glazes, enamels, or additives), it can leach toxins. These toxins keep accumulating in your body and create the foundation for life threatening diseases. And the dangerous thing about these is you will not realize their effect until the damage is done.
How does conventional cookware affect our environment?
Just like our health, these are toxic to the planet too. Mining of metals calls for massive deforestation that disrupts eco-balance and wildlife. Furthermore, the manufacturing of cookware from metals releases toxic waste and causes environmental pollution. And to make matters worse, these pots are not biodegradable. For these reasons, metal or chemical laden ceramic cookware is anything but non-toxic and green. This calls for a viable alternative and thankfully, we have one.
MEC’s primary clay cookware – 100% non-toxic and truly green
Miriams Earthen Cookware (MEC) is a US-based cookware brand known for making America’s first primary clay cookware without using chemicals, additives or glazes. MEC’s pots and pans use lab tested raw material (see test results here) which makes them 100% non-toxic. The makers craft each piece by hand, so they do not come into contact with chemicals from machines. They do not add anything to modify the appearance of their pots – so they take a natural deep red hue of fired clay.
These steps keep the product toxin-free and release no pollutants into the environment. The harvesting of the raw material (primary clay) from earth’s crust doesn’t cause any disruption to the eco system. What is more? The cookware is fully biodegradable. It goes back to the same earth where it comes from at the end of its useful lifecycle. And the makers ship their pots using green and recyclable packaging material (like cardboard, pulp, and egg cartons). This ensures there is no harm to the environment. All these steps make MEC cookware eco-friendly in the true sense of the word.