Official Website Of ECOPAN ™ Cookware
Would you buy this?
No I wouldn't. I'm intrinsically turned off by environmentally healthy claims, especially if they're made by a product that's manufactured in China. I'd stick to uncoated metal pans for cooking.
F 28/5'4/100 lbs
"I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."
I have seriously been considering one of these; but, like Damiana, I'm kind of put off by their environmentally friendly claims. For one thing, these pans haven't been on the market for very long, so we don't know what they could potentially do to us.
I do need new pans, though. I'm still using the non-stick T-Fal that was given to me as a wedding present 5 years ago. I want to get cast iron pans, but can't afford it. I'm hoping I'll get some money this Christmas and can get a new 10" cast iron skillet.
First, the green/recyclable claim is more than a bit misleading. All metal is recyclable. The more coatings and layers you have, the less efficient recycling is, but it is still recyclable. A bigger question is how often items need to be replaced. Recycling costs energy and work (the metal must be cleaned, melted, etc....not cheap). Easy, frequent recycling is LESS "green" than longevity.
Second, I'm just not a fan of cast aluminum pans, however they are coated. A big part of that is my preference for induction stove tops. If I'm going to buy cookware that can't be used on an induction hob, it'll be copper. I make an exception for camping cookware but that's about it. If I was buying aluminum cookware, I would head to s restaurant supply place where i is plentiful and cheap.
I'm one of those seasoned cast iron people. I have pans that are older than I am. I don't care how recyclable they are (though as single-metal castings they are highly recyclable) because I expect they will still be usable 100 years from now.
Around here I can go to Academy Sporting Goods and buy a 10" cast iron skillet for $15 or so.
Last edited by Him; 12-22-2012 at 09:01 AM.
I am happy using a few ceramic based pans I bought in Valencia a few years back for frying and making risottos and paellas.
F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.