Finding cookware that is eco-friendly sometimes feels like an uphill battle. Click the picture to see what materials you are safe to use.

Teflon ring a bell? It’s probably not for the best reason. This extremely slippery synthetic substance may prevent your eggs from sticking to the pan but it begins to deteriorate after the temperature of cookware reaches about 260 °C and can cause flu like symptoms in humans. Protect yourself from unsafe cookware by opting for these other options!

Carbon Steel
This is a great option for cooks because it heats quickly and withstands high temperatures. It is good for high-heat searing, stir-frying, and low-fat cooking. In some cases carbon steel can react with acidic foods like tomato sauce, altering the taste, so it may not be ideal for all dishes.

Caring for Carbon Steel Cookware
Hand wash with hot water and sponge only (no soap or scouring pads), dry thoroughly, and treat with cooking oil to maintain surface. To prevent rusting season frequently and especially before the first use.

Cast Iron
Cast iron is a great go-to cookware option because it distributes heat evenly. It is perfect for browning, frying, and baking. Cast iron is relatively nonstick, if well seasoned. Like carbon steel cast iron can react with acidic foods altering taste and possibly discoloring the pan.

Caring for Cast Iron Cookware
Hand wash with hot water and stiff brush (no soap). Dry thoroughly and treat with cooking oil to maintain surface. Season before the first use.