Monday, July 20, 2009

Lately I have become more conscious of what I throw away and what I can recycle and reuse and especially what I put in and on my body. I know that sometimes you can have too much information and if you pay attention to every bit of information you would probably be paralyzed with fear, but I also believe that little things can go a long way. We recycle EVERYTHING that we can possibly recycle. We rinse our jars, clean out plastic tubs, cartons etc. Now before you think that I am some sort of selfless green crusader- I must point out that we pay for our trash by volume and recycling is free- so do the math- it literally pays to recycle.

This weekend I was excited to make a "green" purchase in the form of cookware. I have long been wary of the Teflon surfaces of our non-stick pots and pans, all of which were chipped and scratched which left me cringing when I thought about all of the toxic Teflon that I was ingesting and probably passing on to my son. We purchased the Cuisinart Greenware 10-pc Set from Bed Bath and Beyond and we used the 20% off coupon that they send out in the mail and got $30 off.

The non-stick surface of the pans is ceramic based, and as long as you avoid metal utensils, it is supposed to be better for you. After one use, I can tell you that the non-stick quality is AMAZING and they wash up like a dream. As for the durability and whether they are healthier- the jury is still out. I haven't had them long enough to see how they hold up and I am not a scientist, so I am pretty much just glad they aren't made of Teflon. I will keep you posted on how I like them. I am still partial to my All Clad set, but sometimes it is nice to have some easy non-stick pieces and the set was a deal compared with buying two pans individually