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Discovering the Environmental Impact of Cast Iron

Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, protection, cast iron )

- 1792 days ago -
Although cast iron has been in use for centuries and was the material of choice that helped to mould the industrial revolution, it has recently seen a massive rebirth with regard to its environmental impact and sustainability.

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Teresa W (782)
Friday June 28, 2013, 5:56 am
Wow! Fascinating!

. (0)
Friday June 28, 2013, 9:50 am
As a side note, there is no better home heating (aside from solar) than the old cast iron radiators.

Judith Hand (55)
Friday June 28, 2013, 10:24 am
Noted. Oh, yeah, good cast iron. Great for cooking, too.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 28, 2013, 10:49 am
Hmm..never thought about it. Good to know! I heat my house in winter with 2 beautiful, old Vermont Castings wood stoves. And cook with cast iron pans, of course!!
Thanks for posting this one, Cher!

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Friday June 28, 2013, 12:29 pm
Right on

Larry Lawton (2)
Friday June 28, 2013, 1:11 pm
Though I use cast iron pans and love them, and I agree with what the story says, there are a couple of problems. Mining iron is still environmentally destructive (though no more so than mining anything), and smelting takes plenty of energy. It is not really the case that cast iron pans or other products are environmentally benign, but it is the case that they may have less impact than alternatives.

More important, cast iron pans are safer for people! Aluminum cookware is toxic. The non-stick plastics used to line some pans are toxic. Copper is less toxic than these other alternatives, though more toxic than iron -- and copper is a lot more toxic to plants (iron is beneficial). Ceramic, glass, and stainless steel cookware is non-toxic, but may be less durable than cast iron. Manufacturing these products takes similar energy and resources. Cast iron pans need to be maintained and can not be kept sterile (they will rust) making them less desirable for many irrationally germ-phobic Americans. Or those who place aesthetic appeal above practicality and safety.


Christeen A (368)
Friday June 28, 2013, 2:47 pm
My cast iron skillet and I make delicious fried chicken with milk gravy. Thanks for sharing this post.

Birgit W (160)
Friday June 28, 2013, 4:08 pm

Sharon W. (4)
Friday June 28, 2013, 4:53 pm
LOL, oldie but goldie!

Past Member (0)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:45 pm
Good to know. Thanks for sharing!

Gloria Morotti (14)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 2:33 am
Thanks for sharing.

Carol H (229)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 3:21 am
interesting!! thank you Cher, noted

Danuta W (1249)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 4:09 am

Sherri G (128)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 10:55 pm
Very interesting. TY Cher noted.
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