Do you have toxic kitchenware? - Review GreenPan

Today I’d like to talk about something that is most likely in everyone’s kitchen: non-stick pans. When we were moving in together a few years ago, buying some of those was a must, because we didn’t know other than Teflon-pans were the way to go. I remember being so excited to have found some really, really cheap pans at Ikea, and was very proud we were doing so well with our budget. Why spend a lot of money if you can get bargains too?
Now, my opinions have changed on that matter. I still won’t buy an expensive Teflon pan, however. I’ve learned a lot the past couple of months, and one of my conclusions was this: health is more important than bargains, and we’re ditching every non-stick pan we own.

Why, you might ask? For one thing: after a while, every non-stick pan I’ve seen in my life, ends up being scratched and starts to peel off. My intuition always said that couldn’t be healthy. Turns out, that’s not the part to be very worried about. What’s more important is the fact that when heating non-stick cooking ware to certain temperatures, several toxic gases are being released in your home. You can’t see or smell them, but they’re there, and you’re inhaling them. Those temperatures are easily reached, by the way. Research has reported birds dying from the released gases. I know we’re not birds, but that can’t be good, can it? Apparently, there is also a well known thing called “Teflon flu” or “Polymer fume fever”, where the gases from Teflon (which is actually a brand name for polytetrafluoroetheylene or PTFE) can cause flu-like symptoms in humans and the respiratory tract can be damaged. The chemical PFOA, which is even more toxic to us and to the environment, is used in the production process for non-stick things. You can learn more about Teflon flu and other concerns at the Earth Resource Foundation and the Environmental Working Group.

It was after reading about all of this I got thinking even more seriously about the smoke coming from our latest non-stick stir frying pan that always made me feel sick. I’m not sure it was Teflon smoke, as I’ve read that to be a gas mixture you don’t even notice, but I’m sure it wasn’t good for us to be inhaling while cooking our healthy meals (oh sweet irony!).

Luckily, we also had a few very decent stainless steel pans waiting in the cupboard. We’re trying to use them more ever since, but sometimes you just want that easy baking process without having to worry about your food getting burned, and mostly: without having to scrub A LOT to clean your pan afterwards (we don’t have a dishwasher, by the way).
Also, we use our stir frying pan very, very often. It just makes the best meals, throwing in a lot of veggies and herbs, and everything else we want at that moment, all in one pan.
The alternative for our toxic pan was there and I knew it, but… it was very expensive for us. We decided to go for it anyway as health has to come first. 


So we went to our local organic store and bought our very first GreenPan. I was surprised to learn GreenPan is a Belgian company (yayy for our homeland!) and I liked what I saw. This is a non-sticking pan that isn’t toxic due to the use of a ceramic Thermolon coating which is made out of minerals instead of synthetic substances. No use of PFOA, no PTFE. They use recycled aluminium and stainless steel for the pans and the production process is environment friendly too.



We bought the Kyoto stir fry, and payed about 50 €. We found it in a regular organic store but they’re available on Amazon too.
The baking process is amazing. Nothing has ever burned in this, plus the washing dishes part is soooo easy! You’ll get some muscle training in the process of cooking and cleaning too as these pans are quite a bit heavier than our last ones. The quality is very good though. The handle is solid and soft, and the inside of the pan feels so smooth. You do have to make sure not to use or put sharp objects into the pan. We are being very gentle to our GreenPan as this was an investment we want to last a long, long time! We’re so pleased with it and our next purchase will be a regular frying pan from GreenPan. 



When you want to buy safer alternatives too, beware: there are companies advertising with “ceramic coatings” that still are PTFE, but simply contain ceramic particles, so not the real stuff. Some ceramic coatings are made with silicon oil (GreenPan doesn’t use this). And others state to be PFOA free, but replace it by equally toxic stuff. Greenwashing, anyone?




12 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post, I honestly had no idea - will definitely have a look at Green Pan now :) x

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    1. My pleasure, I like to look not only at toxic beauty but at the rest of my lifestyle as well, that's how I discovered this :) just bought two other greenpans also, can't wait to try them too! X

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  2. Bought a Greenpan at Albert Heijn today with 50% discount. Thanks for the information about my former toxic kitchenware!

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    1. My pleasure, I hope you're as happy as I am with Greenpan :)

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  3. Such a great post, Sofie :) I have 4 or 5 Green Pan pans and have been using them for 3 years now probably and will never go back! Such a great quality and nothing sticks to them and obviously they are good for you xx

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    1. Thanks! Yep I won't be going back either, I love them. Thanks for stopping by Yvonne :) xx

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  4. Not sure if my post went through or not....
    We have purchased several green pans and everytime we cook with them they give off an order of petroleum... it's scary! Any idea why this would be? Do yours smell like that when you cook with them? We love the way they clean up but am a bit worried we have had the wool pulled over our eyes...

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    1. Hi Jamie, thanks for your reply!
      That's odd, I don't have that smell at all! I do know it's better not to use olive oil in them, maybe that can be a problem? I only use coconut oil or real butter.
      Also, the pans don't like the heat on the very highest maximum, but I don't know if that could be the problem. Maybe you can try contacting green pan? Good luck with it!
      X Sofie

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  5. There are literally dozens of options to buy from when it comes to a kitchen tools or kitchenware. Innumerable manufacturers and brands are available in the market as well, and this makes it daunting to know what to look for.

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  6. The containers in which you store food and drink and the kitchen utensils you use can have a huge impact on your fertility. Dangerous and toxic compounds from plastics, Teflon, aluminum, stainless steel, copper and possibly others such as silicone have a direct impact on your ability to conceive and can also lead to miscarriages. More Information

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  7. WOW! lovely like this post.its really amazing .
    .Thanks for sharing this!

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  8. Don't waste your money on these pans. they work for a few weeks, but after that you'll be using more and more oil to keep food from sticking. Eventually even the oil won't help. One of the worst kitchen utensils I ever bought. 

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