This year's Housewares Show featured at least 5 companies claiming smarter, more sustainable baking and cookware, including PFOA-free non-stick skillets, carbon-neutral stainless steel pans, and low-emission ceramic bakeware.
- Pure Ceramic bakeware by Chantal: manufactured at lower temperatures with a glazing process free of coloring agents, the Pure line is durable and non-porous.
- Zeroca Cookware: Uses recycled stainless steel and bamboo handles for all their cookware. Additionally, a life cycle analysis done by First Carbon Solutions was done on all Zeroca products, and the company was granted CarbonNeutral certification by The Carbon Neutral Company.
- Lodge: Lodge says their skillets will last "for a minimum of 100 years." That's quite the statement! Lodge is known for their cast iron pans and skillets, but they're now expanding into stainless steel cookware and silicone accessories. (While the cast iron is still made in the US, the new stainless steel and silicone products will be manufactured in China.) Lodge recycled stamped steel for 50% of the materials in its cookware, and re-melts damaged products. It also vigorously recycles the materials used in production, including foundry sand, cardboard, and vegetable oil.
- GreenPan: GreenPan is a Belgian cookware manufacturer of PTFE and PFOA-free non-stick cookware. PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) is a synthetic chemical used in traditional non-stick pans, like Teflon. Greenpan also claims that their cookware releases 60% fewer greenhouse gases than the production of traditional PTFE-based non-stick technology because it cures more quickly, and at lower temperatures.
- EcoPan: Also PTFE and PFOA free, and made out of 100% recyclable aluminum and stainless steel. All of the products are made in Indonesia, but the interior of the cookware is coated with ceramic supplied by Grebe Group in Germany. There is currently no US supplier for EcoPan, but the company is hoping to secure a supplier by late 2011.
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