The Best Non-Toxic, PFAS-Free Bakeware
Switch out your Teflon-coated and aluminum bakeware and bake with safer, non-toxic bakeware. From cookie sheets to muffin pans to pie plates, choose non-toxic bakeware that doesn’t leach harmful chemicals into your food or the air around you. We’ve found the best non-toxic bakeware for a healthier home.
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Whether you’re baking for the holidays, a special occasion or an after-school treat for your kids, you don’t want your baked goods to pick up any toxic chemicals from your baking pans. Bake with peace of mind and use non-toxic bakeware that doesn’t contain PFAS or other harmful chemicals.
Why Avoid Teflon?
PFAS is short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Chemicals in this class of approximately 5,000 substances are found in products like nonstick pans (e.g. “Teflon”), food packaging, waterproof jackets, and carpets to repel water, grease, and stains. PFAS don’t easily break down, and they can persist in your body and in the environment for decades. As a result of their pervasiveness, more than 95 percent of the U.S. population has PFAS in their bodies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What is Teflon? Teflon, otherwise known as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), is the brand name for the non-stick coating used in cookware and bakeware. Prior to 2013, a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA or C8) was added to PTFE to aid in processing. Although the majority of PFOA was burned off during processing, small amounts remained in the cookware coating.
DuPont manufactured Teflon for decades, despite the fact that confidential internal company studies showed the chemicals caused cancer and birth defects. You can read more about what happened to the residents exposed to PFOA in drinking water near a Teflon plant in West Virginia here. Although PFOA and PFOS have been voluntarily phased out by industry, they have been replaced by other chemicals in the PFAS family. GenX is a replacement for PFOA, yet studies suggest that GenX is linked to harmful effects in the liver and reproductive problems.
Have you heard the term “canary in a coalmine”? In this case, it’s “canary in the kitchen”. Hundreds of pet bird deaths have been blamed on toxic emissions from non-stick cookware. In humans, inhalation of Teflon fumes (from heating an empty pan above 500°F) can cause “Teflon flu” with coughing, fever and sore throat.
It’s not just non-stick bakeware that you have to avoid- non-stick cookware can also be coated with PFAS chemicals. There are non-toxic cookware materials and brands to look for if you cook at home and want to avoid non-stick coating with PFAS.
There are other swaps you can make for a toxin-free kitchen as well!
My favorite non-toxic bakeware is grouped below into 9 categories, and there are options ranging in price depending on what you’re looking for. If you want truly non-stick, Caraway is your best “safe” option. Look below for all of my non-toxic bakeware picks for your kitchen: