So many things labeled “green” are actually quite far from being truly eco-friendly. The pots and pans labeled ‘green cookware’ are no different. This disguise is so great that many of the pots and pans are painted green and therefore are even labeled “green” or eco-friendly.
Ironically, the green paint itself has toxic ingredients (enamels and the chemicals) unhealthy for the food and the environment in many ways.
What determines the health of a cooking pot is, in fact, what it is made up of, how it’s made and how it functions? To summarize, there are mainly 3-4 aspects that determine a cookware’s planet-friendliness:
Is Raw Material Healthy?
The raw material plays an important role in making an eco-friendly product. If the raw material is toxic, the product can never be called green or eco-friendly. In the case of cookware, the metals conventionally used to make cookware release many toxic by-products during mining, extraction, processing and finishing.
Acquiring the raw material calls for massive deforestation to create mines and quarries (and fracking in the case of raw materials – oxides — for ceramic cookware) affecting the wildlife and the lives of people living nearby. Can this be eco-friendly? No way!
Is Manufacturing Process Healthy?
Even if you choose an eco-friendly raw material, the way of manufacturing may impact the environment if chemicals are used at any stage and if toxic liquid or gaseous wastes are released into the environment.
It is important that the manufacturing process neither negatively affects the environment nor the health of people working in it.
Is Its Working Healthy?
Another determining factor is how it cooks? Most non-stick cookware release toxic fumes (link healthiest cookware) when heated poisoning the environment. Most metal cookware requires high heat to accomplish anything while cooking. This is because metals heat and cool at the same time and a higher amount of heat is needed to cook the same food as compared to a truly eco-friendly pot (keep reading to find out which one is).
Another aspect that’s also important is what happens at the end of their life cycle: truly eco-friendly cookware should be fully biodegradable. Treatment of non-biodegradable waste is a challenge the whole world is struggling with and if a product is non-biodegradable it is certainly not eco-friendly.
Which Cookware is Truly Green?
Miriam’s Earthen Cookware (MEC) is a company that meets all these stringent requirements!
The raw material is all-natural tested and certified 100% non-toxic (testing). It doesn’t affect the environment (green) while it is harvested or processed. In fact, people working with pure clay have reported it has therapeutic effects on their health. So the raw material is truly eco-friendly.
MEC is the only cookware today being made without ANY chemicals — tested and true. They are made in the old-fashioned way on a potter’s wheel with skillful hands and that sure isn’t harmful to the environment. This time-honored method of making MEC makes its manufacturing process absolutely green or eco-friendly.
And because the clay is compressed so well and has no additives, the pots cook all your food in medium heat, or less — on gas. All food cooks perfectly taking about the same time in ½ the heat it normally does with conventional cookware – imagine your savings on energy costs!
When the pots made from this healthy material cook food, they neither leach toxins nor destroy nutrients. On the contrary, they cook food with gentle, far-infrared heat that keeps the nutritional value of food intact. Also, at the end of their useful life-cycle, they can be disposed of anywhere – they will go back to the same earth from where they came from causing no harm to the environment, making them fully biodegradable and thus, for all these reasons, 100% eco-friendly.