TODAY'S GREEN MANTRA: I shall buy durable and toxic free for my family and me

Day 67 / 365

For the final story of this kitchen series, I'm going to sum up the tales from this theme using bakeware as a backbone. The kitchen story sessions were more difficult to compile as there are a lot of grey areas when it comes to the materials used to create the objects we need to transform our food. But to sum up, the idea is that when it comes to purchasing kitchen products is: you want to be buying smart, and buying smart means buying once, and buying things that are made to last (multiple generations).

To achieve this you're going to be looking for items made from the following materials: Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Aluminium and Enamel. The reason these four are the most eco-friendly options has more to do with their longevity than their actual makeup. Other than bamboo accessories (which won't last but can biodegrade), there is currently no truly eco friendly way to produce kitchen materials which last multiple lifetimes. So I've chosen to hero companies that at least make shifts in that direction and produce products that won't break or harm your health.

These four mineral based materials I'm highlighting produce only 5% of the damages their initial creation causes when they're recycled, and their valuable material is endlessly recyclable. None of these materials (except for Stainless Steel coated with 'non-stick' materials ... read more about the problems with non-stick here) will harm your health, they are made from natural materials and if made responsibly have no known health harming side effects.

They'll also last multiple lifetimes, meaning once they're yours, they're yours for good. So you're going to want to choose wisely and you'll likely pay some pretty pennies for your conscious consumption of these goods as each one is made to last and thus require proper production processes, the likes of which cheaply made products don't bother to adhere to.

There are a few pieces of porcelain included in these collections I've compiled for you as well, I've done this as there are hardly any stainless steel non-stick pans on the market and for some baked goods, like muffins, purchasing a reusable material means you won't need muffin cups, which will allow you to produce less waste. I don't recommend porcelain overall as it's less likely to last lifetimes.

- SUSTAINABLE SWITCHES -

- my top pan picks -
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[CAKE PANS]
eco, cake pan, food 52, green, toxic free
FOOD 52 cake pan and cooling rack 
- my top cake pan picks - 
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[MUFFINS]
reusable, eco, green, muffin cups
FOOD 52 muffin molds
- my top muffin stuff picks - 
[BAKING CUPS]
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[LOAF BAKEWARE]
eco, loaf, mold, pan, biodegradable, green
FOOD 52 biodegradable loaf mold
- my top loaf picks - 
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[BAKING / ROASTING DISHES]
cast iron, baking dish, enamel, eco, ethical
FOOD 52 cast iron enamel baking / roasting dish
- my top bakers 'n' roasters -
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[COOKIE CUTTERS]
stainless steel, eco, cookie cutters
FOOD 52 alphabet cookie cutters
- my top cookie cutter picks - 
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[MIXING BOWLS]
FOOD 52 copper nesting bowls 
- my top mixing bowl picks -
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[PIE DISH]
FOOD 52 aluminum engraved pie dish 
- my top pie picks - 
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[MEASURING SPOONS]
pewter, eco, measuring spoons, green living
FOOD 52 pewter measuring spoons
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[MEASURING CUPS]
ANTHROPOLOGIE russet cups
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