You’ve made the choice to buy organic food, but have you thought about the pots and pans you’re putting it in? It’s just as important to choose green, non-toxic cookware to ensure that you’re keeping your family safe.
This is of utmost importance when it comes to nonstick cookware, which is generally made using poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These substances release perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a carcinogenic chemical, when heated. In addition, many of them contain dangerous heavy metals that can flake off during cooking and into your food.
But there are other reasons to choose green or eco-conscious cookware as well. Here are seven of our favorite non-toxic cookware brands to try.
GreenPan is a higher-end Belgian brand that makes nonstick, non-toxic cookware coated with Thermolon – a ceramic non-stick layer derived from sand. It contains no lead, cadmium, PFAS, or PFOA, like other nonstick pans can. It is heat resistant up to 450°C, meaning that it won’t blister or release toxic fumes when overheated.
If that wasn’t enough, the company itself has taken strides to make its production methods as green as possible, emitting 60 percent less CO2 during the curing phase of the nonstick coating as compared to traditional coating.
With ten years of experience, GreenPan has sought to improve its nonstick coating again and again – this fifth evolution is its very best.
Mercola Healthy Chef Cookware bears the same name as Dr. Joseph Mercola for good reason – after years of exposing the dangers of toxic chemicals in cookware, Dr. Mercola has created his own kitchen set made from lightweight but durable ceramic.
“The Mercola Healthy Cookware gives you the same convenience of a non-stick pan without the danger of harmful gas emissions and metals leaching into your food,” he writes.
Non-reactive and non-toxic, the cookware also retains heat efficiently, making it an eco-conscious choice.
3. Beka Eco-Logic
Beka makes a specific line of eco-logic cookware with a non-toxic nonstick coating that’s not only kitchen-safe, it’s environmentally friendly.
“The environment is a precious commodity, one we are all striving to maintain,” the company writes. “The introduction of non-PFOA & non-PTFE coatings and green processes is a step in that direction.”
Beka adds a green Eco-logic by Beka logo to all of its products that ascribe to these tenants, to make them easy to identify in stores. This wide range of products includes skillets, frying pans, and woks, but also tools like ladles, skimmers, spatulas and colanders. These products are made of a combination of bamboo powder and other natural biodegradable materials.
BioChef’s devotion to high-quality eco cookware is evident from its slogan: “Design Greenovation.”
“It’s a design process we use here at BioChef that incorporates green design in all the products we produce,” the company writes.
Specifically, BioChef achieves this through its use of bioplastics in its products. These plastics derived from renewable biomass forms like corn, sugar, or algae are biodegradable, unlike traditional plastics. In addition, BioChef sources these materials from surplus food supplies that would otherwise be headed for landfill, intercepting them from the cycle of waste.
Products made from bioplastic by BioChef include bowls of various sizes, colanders, measuring spoons, and more. Metal tools, such as graters, ladles, and peelers, are made with bioplastic handles.
Mauviel is one of the oldest cookware producers, developing copper cookware in France since 1830. It is a favorite amongst professional chefs, but it’s affordable for home cooks as well.
Mauviel has moved into the world of eco-cookware with the M’Stone line, a line of non-stick ceramic cookware that is induction compatible and free of PFOA and PTFE. The cookware is durable, easy to wash, and easy to use for a variety of kitchen needs.
6. Ozeri Green Earth
Ozeri’s lime green Green Earth pans are coated with a German nonstick coating called Greblon, free of both PFOA and PTFE. This time-tested coating is ceramic based, scratch resistant, and totally safe to cook with.
Ozeri offers pans that have either a smooth or a honeycomb textured cooking surface; the latter allows small air pockets to develop beneath the food, helping it to adhere even less to the cooking surface.
Safe at temperatures up to 480 F, these pans are easy to use in the kitchen, no matter what sort of range you have – gas, electric, or induction.
Ecopan’s Ceranon ceramic nonstick coating is not only PTFE and PFOA-free, it also boasts high heat resistance. In other words, this coating will never blister or peel, like so many nonstick pans do, and it does not release toxic fumes during the cooking process.
These pans are also very durable, made with cast stainless steel to ward against denting and warping. These pans can easily be used for all your cooking needs without fearing wear and tear.