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Best eco-friendly cookware?

Asked by TheGreenBrideGuide (178 points ) February 19th, 2010

Looking for eco-friendly cookware – preferably not made in China. Any leads?

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tragiclikebowie's avatar

I saw this on a tv commercial a while back. I’m not sure how legit it is though.

YARNLADY's avatar

I got a set of Vollrath Cookware for my birthday, and I swear by it. !00% made in America.

ridicawu's avatar

Thrift store. You’re reusing something, that in itself is eco-friendly. Although avoid electronic cook stuff (blenders, for example) from thrift stores. Otherwise some of the best pots, pans, spoons, spatulas, etc will be found in a thrift store and for extremely cheap.

lilikoi's avatar

second @ridicawu‘s suggestion. just don’t buy old teflon stuff – once it is flaking off that is no good. i always just get stainless steel – prefer 18/10, glass, or cast iron.

susanc's avatar

I get good stuff at Marshall’s, which is an affiliate of T.J. Maxx. Overstocks and so on of stuff like Calphalon. You never know what you’ll find, but when you find it, it’s half to ¾ off.
Also, I swear by cast iron, which, because heavy, cooks food evenly. You can find a lot of good cast-iron pans at the Goodwill.

Cruiser's avatar

Denny’s is good and affordable…never have to worry about cleanup.

DarkScribe's avatar

Eco friendly? I am not eco-friendly, why on earth would I want eco-friendly cookware?

(Maybe one of these days I will have an intellectual by-pass and see if that helps me understand green logic.)

citygrlincountry's avatar

Maybe cast iron? Not sure how it’s made—there are two things to consider, how eco-friendly is the manufacturing process, and then how eco-friendly is it when it’s time to disgard the cookware. Great question, I’ve been wondering the same thing—I need a few more pots & pans myself.

Dan_DeColumna's avatar

@ridicawu makes an excellent point. In addition to thrift stores, keep your eyes on the curb. Often, when a tenant is evicted, or, for some other reason, must suddenly move, a large pile of serviceable cookware (among other items like furniture) will appear on the curb. Some are going to say it would be dirty, but in all honesty, we all know you’d wash the stuff from the thrift store as well, so what is the difference? Preventing the manufacture of more cookware and directly preventing those items from ending up in a landfill is very eco-friendly.

TheGreenBrideGuide's avatar

Thrift stores are great, but we are trying to set up a green gift registry for couples – so I need leads for “new” eco-friendly options if you have them!

BishiAfi's avatar

Dirt oven lol! i guarantee there will be no non-biodegradable parts and it the baked goods make store bought goods taste bland, or so i’ve heard. I’ve heard that you should avoid aluminium cookware and make sure if you are using plastic that could withstand heat the number in the triangle should be no less than 3.

stonedinecook's avatar

stonedine cookware is made in Germany. I suggest it

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