There are two nonstick pans available, the Earth Pan and the GreenPan, that do not have toxic coatings, which can cause harm to pet birds and humans. Although they are made with natural substances, they may have some negatives.
Significance of GreenPan
GreenPans have ceramic materials that have been glazed to an aluminum base to create a nonstick surface. It is supposedly nontoxic, heat resistant and nonreactive so that there are no toxic gases produced when it is heated.
Significance of Earth Pans
Earth pans have a nonstick coating derived from sand, therefore it contains no toxic chemicals that can mix with food or produce gases that are harmful to people and pets. According to PotsAndPans.com, they do not create polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which are chemicals that lead to greenhouse gas emissions.
Costumers who purchased either the Earth pan or the GreenPan have written about them on Chow.com and other forums saying that although they both do not produce or contain perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the non-stick element does not last long and often they end up scraping food off the pan.
GreenPan and Earth pans are beneficial to your health because they do not produce and are not made with PTFE or PFOA, which is great news for you and for pets because there will be no fumes that can cause harm.
Many of the Earth pans and GreenPans have an aluminum base, which do not work on induction stove tops. Make sure you purchase it from a reputable place because there are several imitations.
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