It is a known fact that while civilizations turned into society and society advanced technologically and every other way, people grew more and more apart from nature, thus harming the planet greatly. Being green has started to become a trend and have millions of followers just around the time Al Gore released his film An Inconvenient Truth. Although environmentalists existed throughout the American history, it was only in the last decade that the trend has actually become so expansive that it encompassed all aspects of life. Indeed, being environmentally conscious was not just the job of corporations and big businesses that needed to act carefully towards the environment in the way they managed resources and waste, but also the job of every person, as little steps mattered as much as big actions. To that extent, the market was bombarded with environmentally friendly alternatives for everything: eco-friendly cars, eco-friendly roofs and even eco-friendly cookware.
To be exact, eco-friendly cookware is not a new invention. It’s not something that was designed especially to feed the new environmentally safe market demand. Clay pots and pans have been around for thousands and thousands of years, they simply returned into the spotlight again once the green trend began. Clay pots are part of what is called earthen cookware, and among them pots made from pure clay that have no additives or chemicals or glazing of any kind is the top of the line and should be your best choice. Their return to the market has been an utter success, especially since their benefits are not limited to environment related issues, but also include multiple health benefits that have to do with the cooking process.
So how is clay cookware really eco-friendly? Well, to start with, one doesn’t need to clear acres of forest land in order to create them, as it is the case for metal cookware and even ceramics, which need iron, copper, coal and even mineral ores and oxides obtained through fracking. It’s not just that deforestation kills the habitat by significantly disrupting the wildlife, but once the land is cleared there is no other alternative but to laid it waste because of the high levels of toxic by-products. When harvesting clay for cookware that is 100% pure clay, that’s not the case. No land is being ruined or laid waste.
If extracting the metals and minerals needed for regular cookware is extremely harmful to the environment, the process of manufacturing them adds even more to that harm. Processing metals and ores is very complex and uses very large amounts of energy. Not only that, but the process also produces thousands of tons of greenhouse gases. Pure clay pots and pans are still manufactured in the old way, on a pottery wheel, which requires no energy and releases no gases into the atmosphere.