As with any other product that is marketed as being green, you need to take the time to do your research before buying. Cooking with an eco-friendly set of pots and pans should not only cut your kitchen energy use, but also ensure harmful chemicals are not ingested by you or your family. We checked into de Buyer’s line of Mineral B Elements Cookware and found that the old adage rings true: you get what you pay for. We’ve listed a few of the reasons why these pans are a good choice when it comes to eco-friendly cookware.

Constructed of natural iron. Iron is recyclable, better for the environment and better for our bodies. Studies show that cooking with iron cookware can also increase the iron content in our foods.

No harmful coatings or finishes. The beeswax-based finish protects the pans against oxidation, helps in the seasoning process and improves nonstick quality (PFOA and PTFE free guaranteed).

No chemicals added. The cookware is made using an environmentally safe production process and made entirely of metal. These pans are all-natural (no chemical coatings).

Allows cooking on high heat. High heat keeps more vitamins and nutrients in the food while enabling you to cook on a lower heat setting and use less energy.

Natural non-stick properties. The more the pans are used and seasoned, the more the natural nonstick properties are brought out. The pans “age” gracefully and should be thought of as a long-term investment.