Glass Lid, Stainless Steel Cook Pot
Product Eco Rating
The main part of this Cooking Pot is Stainless Steel, which is incredibly durable and it’s completely, infinitely recyclable, just like the less durable Glass lid.
Once a Glass or Stainless Steel product is produced, it then has a little impact on the environment from there-on-out, due to it’s recyclability and the fact that neither material will omit or leach toxins into the environment.
Stainless Steel products are now often made with up to 70% recycled materials, which reduces waste ending up in landfill. Using recycled scrap metal to produce new Stainless Steel products also reduces the resources and energy required during the production process as less of the product comes from newly mined materials. This principal also applies to Glass, although most Glass products are made from using non-recycled (but natural) materials, which require a lot energy.
This Stainless Steel Cooking Pot is eco-friendly due to it’s durability (the Steel is extremely durable and the Glass will last a lifetime if treated well), ability to be recycled and that it doesn’t leech toxins into the environment if incorrectly disposed of.
Sustainability of Stainless Steel and Glass cookware
Scrap metal is used as the main raw material to produce Stainless Steel, which is an incredibly durable and long lasting material that’s 100% recyclable.
Glass does tend to break if isn’t handled with care, although otherwise it can last for an extremely long time, then it’s completely recyclable.
Products made from Stainless Steel or Glass are easily and often recycled, although even if they are not disposed of correctly and don’t end up in Landfill, neither the Glass or Stainless Steel will have a negative impact on the soil or water that it touches as Glass is stable and doesn’t release toxins, where-as the Stainless finish on Steel prevents leaching. This also applies to your food and drinks, meaning that this cooking pot is completely safe to cook with.
Producing new Stainless Steel items from non-recycled materials does require the mining of resources from the ground and then putting them through a heavy industrial process. Over the last 70 years or so, the process of manufacturing Stainless Steel has had a steady and impressive reduction in the energy required and harmful toxins released during the process. Now, it’s estimated that about 80% of all Stainless Steel that’s produced is from about 70% recycled materials, which heavily further reduces the harm from the manufacturing process.
The manufacturing process for Glass has improved in recent years, in regards to its environmental impact, although it does still give off some CO2 emissions, create other toxic fumes and the melting furnace does require a lot of energy to operate. Although most Glass products are not recycled, the ones that are almost always get turned into a new Glass product and this does help to reduce the overall negative impact of the Glass manufacturing industry.