1000 Flowers for the Planet - #588 Use Cast Iron Cookware
Teflon has been a contentious topic for years now, with none of the tests appearing to be conclusive, yet there does seem to be some evidence to suggest that Teflon, under high heat (over 446ºF) will off gas toxic particles. This is damaging to health. Teflon is a type of plastic product (Polytetrafluoroethylene), which means it is based on fossil resources.
With this albeit basic information, even though the health effects are supposedly inconclusive, if there is any doubt as to the safety of the product with which you prepare your meals, why would you use it? That’s why this Flower suggestion is to use cast iron cookware – it has been used for millennia, won’t damage your health, will last a very long time and will therefore create many benefits for the environment. You won’t have to replace your cookware for decades (if ever), saving money and valuable resources from the earth, and the health benefits have immense hidden knock-on benefits for savings in all kinds of ways. It’s a simple, effective solution.