In this expert GreenPan Review, you’ll discover whether GreenPan is safe and whether Thermolon is non-toxic, and if you should worry about the GreenPan lawsuit. If you are looking for safe cookware right now, you will definitely benefit from my Safe Cookware Guide.
Most of us will agree that non-stick cookware has made cooking easier. When Teflon became popular where I lived, people eagerly replaced their regular cast iron and stainless-steel cookware with Teflon cookware. At that time, we only took convenience into consideration, and hardly anyone thought about safety. Now, so many years later, I have a different point of view – safety comes first. Hence, I went back to cast iron and stainless-steel pots and pans and could not be happier. Stay with me to find out how I use cast iron and stainless-steel cookware to achieve a non-stick effect. But first, let’s talk about GreenPan non-stick cookware.
In this post:
- GreenPan Review
- Where is GreenPan Made?
- GreenPan Complaints
- Good GreenPan Reviews
- GreenPan Care & Use
- How to Avoid GreenPan Scratched & Chipping
- Is GreenPan Safe?
- Is GreenPan Non-Toxic?
- Does GreenPan Have Teflon?
- Is GreenPan PTFE Free?
- GreenPan PFAS
- What is Thermolon?
- Is Thermolon Safe?
- Thermolon vs. Teflon
- Caraway vs. GreenPan
- GreenChef vs. GreenPan
- HexClad vs. GreenPan
- Stainless Steel Cookware vs. GreenPan
- Cast Iron vs. Non-Stick Cookware
- GreenPan Lawsuit
- Why GreenPan lawsuit was most likely dismissed.
- Summary of the GreenPan Safety Review
- More Green Cookware Articles
GreenPan is one of the companies that claims to produce safe non-stick cookware, a better alternative to Teflon. Namely, GreenPan makes a variety of non-stick pots and pans described by the company as healthy ceramic non-stick cookware. In place of Teflon, they use Thermolon. Many of you have asked me about GreenPan, so I took time to investigate it. Let’s find out if GreenPan is safe (in my opinion) and see a new development in the GreenPan lawsuit. You will also learn how to use this non-stick pan without damaging its coating.
If you are new to my service, let me tell you where I am coming from.
Until well into my thirties, I had had no idea about toxins, chemicals, contaminants, and pollutants. After a hit-and-run accident, I had to reconsider every aspect of my life. On top of that, I was diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases but have recovered from one of them already. (Learn about my journey to health in my posts about breast implants and explant surgery.)
When I was expecting my son, I started researching the field of baby care products. Surprised to see long chemical names on baby body products, I was determined to find safe ones for my child. That gave me an idea to share my findings with other parents, and that was how my blog was born. See the steps I take and sources I use in my research on my Start here page. Now, back to the GreenPan review.
Where is GreenPan Made?
Doing my research into GreenPan safety, I contacted the company directly to ask them all the questions I had. And I really appreciate their elaborate replies.
To my question:
Do you make all products in South Korea or the Thermolon coating only?
Indeed, South Korea is the place where we make the Thermolon coating for our cookware. As for our ceramic non-stick cookware products, we manufacture them in our own factory in China. It means we control the quality and the standards of product manufacturing.
While the answer is reassuring, neither South Korea per se, nor the fact that GreenPan owns a factory automatically make Thermolon safe. In fact, read on to learn what the GreenPan lawsuit outlines about it. Also, I encourage you to contact manufacturers, too. As I see it, the more of us do that, the sooner the consumer market will change for the better.
Before we address the issue of GreenPan safety, let’s talk about its performance.
Personally, I have not used GreenPan cookware, so I cannot speak from my experience. However, the San Diego Consumer Network reports that within a few months of use, the cookware starts having food-sticking issues.
After going through numerous GreenPan cookware reviews, I present to you some common GreenPan complaints. These comments have been made in response to earlier versions of this article, and you can read them below.
First, some people report that the Thermolon coating dissipates, and the cookware stops acting as non-stick at some point. Check out the comments below.
GreenPan complaint about food-sticking issues #1:
GreenPan complaint about food-sticking issues #2:
Second, some people complain about an odor emitted from the GreenPan non-stick cookware. Here is an example:
Third, a person has complained about GreenPan coating coming off in the dishwasher and enveloping the other dishes. (The GreenPan website leans towards manual washing but says a dishwasher is okay if the cookware instructions specify so.)
Next, there is a complaint about plastic handles on Green pans emitting an odor while on the stove.
Finally, there is a complaint about GreenPan scratched coating:
To be fair, though, there are positive reviews, too.
Good GreenPan Reviews
Since my readers want to know both if GreenPan pans are safe and if they work well, I asked GreenPan about their cookware performance, too. Also, know that the GreenPan lawsuit is not about their non-stick cookware performance. Here are two of my questions to them, and their answers, quoted verbatim:
Does the Thermolon coating eventually come off with use?
Thermolon does not come off during normal use. However, if abused (e.g., impact or wrong use of utensils), any coating can become scratched or even come off in small areas.
How often do you recommend replacing your ceramic non-stick cookware?
Provided that the coating is intact (i.e., not exposing the metal), there is no reason to replace the cookware. Minor scratches are not a problem because the area of exposed metal is either extremely small or may not be exposed at all. However, if there are multiple or deep scratches, it would be advisable to replace the pan on a better-safe-than-sorry basis.
I believe it is important to follow the maintenance instructions to provide long life for your cookware. We will talk more about that in a bit. In the meantime, please read the good GreenPan reviews below.
Positive GreenPan review #1:
Good GreenPan review #2:
Positive GreenPan review #3:
Now, let’s discuss how to ensure GreenPan safety by using and caring for Thermolon non-stick cookware the right way. Also, it is good to know that the GreenPan lawsuit has nothing to do with the cookware care & use.
GreenPan Care & Use
Again, I believe it is crucial to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure long life for your cookware. Therefore, consider what GreenPan says about care & use of their non-stick cookware.
Here are some more questions I posed to Greenpan, and their responses, quoted verbatim:
How should I care about my non-stick cookware?
Use low to medium heat, silicone & wood utensils, and oil or butter. To clean, use a soft sponge with warm, soapy water. Let it cool before washing and store safely.
What kind of oil should I use?
We recommend using butter or oils suited for frying with high resistance. Peanut oil, coconut oil, avocado oil or sunflower oil are good oils to start with. Unrefined oils, like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, are not suited for frying because they can start smoking and burning at relatively low temperatures. It can create a layer of carbonization on your non-stick coating resulting in the loss of non-stick performance.
Can I use oil sprays?
We don’t recommend using oil sprays, including aerosols, mist, and pump sprays. Small spray droplets heat up very rapidly and carbonize easily on the non-stick surface. This will leave a layer on the coating and will affect the non-stick performance of the pan.
Are GreenPan pots and pans dishwasher safe?
Most collections are, but hand washing is recommended. Check packaging or your collection’s page for care recommendations.
How to Avoid GreenPan Scratched & Chipping
Additionally, consider the following tips as GreenPan safety precaution measures against scratching and chipping of the Thermolon coating. I put together this list of “dos” and “don’ts” based on customers’ experience described in GreenPan reviews. Stay with me to learn about the focal point of the GreenPan class action lawsuit.
|Put it in the dishwasher.||Hand wash with a soft sponge and warm water if the pan is still hot, and cold water, if the pan has cooled.|
|Use metal utensils.||Use only wood or silicon utensils.|
|Cook on high.||Cook on low to medium.|
|Use an electric hand mixer to mash potatoes.||Consider using water instead of oil with lid on for steam.|
|Cook starchy food (potatoes, lentils, grains).||Remove all oils before washing with a dry paper towel. Use a clean paper towel with dish soap and wipe it again before adding water. Rinse.|
|Leave oils or anything burnt in the pan.||In case of the stuck burnt food, fill the pan with hot water and let it sit for several minutes.|
|Use any abrasives.||Let the pan cool down completely before washing.|
|Scratch during washing, drying, and storing.||When buying a pan, ensure it is chip-free as even a small chip can become big over time.|
|Use oil sprays and unrefined oils.||Use peanut oil, coconut oil, avocado oil or sunflower oil.|
Although these tips are helpful, I still encourage you to study the care & use and FAQ sections on the GreenPan website.
Is GreenPan Safe?
This GreenPan review would be incomplete without addressing the issue of Thermolon coating test reports. I was fortunate to get GreenPan test reports when they were disclosing them. Sadly, they informed me in December 2021 they no longer disclose their test reports. I consider that a major setback (but the GreenPan lawsuit is not about that).
According to the test reports provided before, both grey original and black diamond coatings were tested for a wide range of chemicals. The latter were found undetectable, except aluminum in one of the grey original coating reports. To clarify, “undetectable” means only that there are no findings over a certain reporting limit. In my opinion, the reporting limits used in these tests are small enough to be reassuring.
Here is my correspondence with GreenPan, again, set forth verbatim.
What agency performs the testing of GreenPan products?
How often do you perform the tests?
We follow best practice, which is for testing to confirm compliance with food contact regulations be done annually by an independent lab, for example, SGS.
How do your tests compare with the CA Proposition 65 test?
Our products fully comply with the requirements of Prop 65. For example, the test does not detect lead and cadmium.
So far so good, right? Let’s discuss the specifics of the Thermolon coating test reports in this GreenPan review. This will help us better understand what the GreenPan class action lawsuit is all about.
Is GreenPan Non-Toxic?
|Aluminum||– The detected level is 0.27 ppm in the grey original coating.|
– This measure is under the safety level of 0.6 ppm in drinking water (EWG).
– I do not find the detected amount of aluminum in GreenPan cookware concerning.
|Heavy metals||– The tests detected extractable amounts (potentially capable of leaching into food) of heavy metals versus total amounts. |
– In this case, the test shows how much of heavy metals will leach if you cook for 2 hours and the food is as acidic as 3% acetic acid.
– The total amount of heavy metals would be helpful to know if the coating came off and was ingested.
|Lead||– The detectable reporting limit is 0.01 mg/kg (0.01 ppm).|
– The FFDA recommended limit is 0.02 ppm.
– California Proposition 65 (which is stricter than the FDA) requires lead to be under 0.1 ppm before it triggers a warning label.
– The resulting level of lead in GreenPan non-stick cookware is non-detectable.
|Cadmium||– The detectable reporting limit is 0.002 mg/kg (0.002 ppm).|
– The recommended limit is 0.002 ppm.
– California Proposition 65 requires cadmium to be under 0.049 ppm.
– The resulting level of cadmium in GreenPan ceramic non-stick cookware is not detectable.
While I have no problem with the detected levels in the available test reports, I do not know how comprehensive the tests are. Without a full list of Thermolon coating ingredients, we don’t know what substances we should be testing for. We will talk more about this later in this GreenPan review.
Does GreenPan Have Teflon?
So, is GreenPan safe in my opinion? And what caused the filing of a class action lawsuit against GreenPan? Stay with me to find out the answers to these questions.
To start with the good news, GreenPan does not use the conventional non-stick coating brand-named Teflon, which is the trade name for polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).
As mentioned above, GreenPan non-stick cookware uses Thermolon coating instead of Teflon, and we will discuss it later.
Is GreenPan PTFE Free?
While polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is not known to cause cancer, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), aka C8, is linked to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, hypercholesterolemia, and pregnancy-induced hypertension (source).
This matters because PFOA is commonly used to make PTFE coating. It may also reduce fertility and lead to thyroid disorders (source). During cooking, PFOA releases toxic fumes and may cause inhabitants of the home (especially, babies, kids, and pets) to feel flu-like symptoms.
Unfortunately, “PFOA-free” does not automatically mean “safe.” Indeed, there are many other polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that can be used instead of PFOA. (See the next section of this GreenPan review.)
Check out this list of cookware tested by the Ecology Center in 2020 that contains polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating. In my opinion (and in the opinion of the Ecology Center), it is best to avoid this cookware.
Also, the Ecology Center tested GreenPan Dover Ceramic Nonstick 8” Fry Pan and found no PTFE in it. So, the GreenPan class action lawsuit is not about PTFE, either.
To continue our discussion on GreenPan safety and its Thermolon coating in this GreenPan review, let us talk about PFAS.
- perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)
- perfluorobutane sulfonate (PFBS), and
- GenX chemicals.
According to the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, more research is needed, but PFAS may:
- affect growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children
- interfere with the body’s natural hormones
- lower chances of getting pregnant
- increase cholesterol levels
- affect the immune system, and
- increase the risk of cancer.
Nonbiodegradable, PFAS also build up in our bodies and only slowly reduce over time once exposure stops. As a result of their manufacture and the disposal of PFAS containing products, PFAS are common in water. (Read my Best Water Filter System post to learn how to check your water for PFAS.)
It is important to mention that on October 5, 2021, California signed into law the Safer Food Packaging and Cookware Act cosponsored by Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP). This makes California the 6th state since 2018 to ban toxic PFAS (so-called “forever” chemicals) in paper-based food packaging. Following the law, manufacturers must disclose PFAS in cookware or bakeware sold in California online by January 2023, and on the packaging by January 2024.
Does GreenPan non-stick cookware have PFAS? Keep reading!
What is Thermolon?
To create their non-stick coating, GreenPan uses a technology under the brand name of Thermolon. Later in this GreenPan review we will discuss what issues with Thermolon safety led to the filing of a GreenPan lawsuit.
In the meantime, to help you form an opinion regarding GreenPan safety, I present to you more of my correspondence with GreenPan, again set forth verbatim:
What are the Thermolon coating ingredients?
The Thermolon coating is made by a Sol-Gel process that results in forming a coating layer on the surface of the pan. This layer comprises mainly Silicon Dioxide (SiO2), which is the same composition as glass (or sand). There are some additional materials such as pigments that give the color. All the materials in Thermolon are 100% safe for use in food contact coatings.
To clarify, silicon, Thermolon’s main ingredient, is a product of silica (sand), one of the most common materials on earth. They also use silica to make silicone (with an “e”) by extracting silicon (without an “e”) and passing it through hydrocarbons.
For your information, hydrocarbons are organic compounds occurring in petroleum, natural gas, and coal. Because of them, silicone is not completely natural and safe in my opinion. Therefore, it is great that GreenPan non-stick cookware coating has silicon – not silicone – as the main ingredient.
Is Thermolon Safe?
Frankly speaking, I am not able to form an opinion, and therefore cannot give you a definite answer to this question in this GreenPan review. Simply put, I do not know the full composition of Thermolon. True, we know that Thermolon coating has silicon as one of its ingredients. However, the words “mainly” and “additional” in the GreenPan reply to my question above indicate the presence of other ingredients. I believe full lists of ingredients are necessary to gauge safety in general, and GreenPan safety in particular. Thus, in the upcoming section devoted to the GreenPan lawsuit you will see which characteristics of Thermolon can arouse concern.
As I mentioned above, I have no problem with the detected levels of aluminum, lead, cadmium, and heavy metals in the available GreenPan test reports. However, I do not know how comprehensive the tests are. Because we do not know all the ingredients, we do not know for what substances we need to see test reports.
It is significant that they tested for fluorine because all PFAS share a fluorine molecule. Thus, the absence of a detectable level of fluorine indicates the absence of all PFAS. So, the good news is that GreenPan black diamond coating has no detectible PFAS!
Thermolon vs. Teflon
For starters, Teflon is a brand name for traditional non-stick coating called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). It gained notoriety due to the potentially harmful substances used during its manufacture. For example, a commonly used in PTFE coating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), aka C8, is considered a carcinogen. Additionally, it may cause flu-like symptoms, fertility issues, and lead to thyroid disorders (source).
Next, there are other polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), discussed in the GreenPan PFAS section of this GreenPan review, that can be used instead of PFOA. Hence, the claim “PFOA-free” does not equal “safe,” in my opinion.
As stated above, GreenPan non-stick cookware uses Thermolon instead of Teflon for their coating. Because its main ingredient is silicon (aka sand), many consider GreenPan non-toxic. (It is not that simple, though, as you will see in the GreenPan lawsuit section of this review.)
Further, Thermolon is made by a Sol-Gel process. Below is the description of the Sol-Gel process given in the abstract and summary of the Sol-Gel patent:
First, my concern is that we do not know which inorganic polymer is meant here because there are many. Some examples are polysiloxanes (silicones), polyphosphates, and sulfur-based polymers (source). And second, the sol-gel coating can still have a PTFE-based coating. Therefore, as consumers, we should keep contacting manufacturers no matter how “silly” our questions may seem to them.
Caraway vs. GreenPan
As of January 2022, Caraway website describes their cookware as follows:
I asked Caraway if their “non-stick ceramic coating” was Thermolon and made in Korea. They replied it was NOT Thermolon, though it was indeed made in Korea.
The good news is that on the website they say there is no PTFE (Teflon) coating in their non-stick cookware. However, in an ideal world, we want to see some proof of that especially when the ingredients or even the name of the coating is not disclosed.
In December 2020, Caraway disclosed their test reports that you can view if you sign up to receive my email. You will also learn about the safety of Ozeri, Always Pan, Zwilling, Blue Diamond, ScanPan, and about 20 other non-stick cookware brands. Plus, you will find out what my understanding of the test reports is.
Preparing for this GreenPan review, in December 2021, I asked Caraway for the updated test reports. Find out what happened by signing up to receive my email. Meanwhile, Tamara Rubin of Lead Safe Mama tested a Caraway pan for the total amount of heavy metals. Using XRF technology, she reports she found some lead and antimony in the food surface.
GreenChef vs. GreenPan
Discussing GreenPan safety, it is probably worth mentioning GreenChef and GreenLife. For your information, GreenChef, GreenLife, and GreenPan are sister brands of the same company called Cookware Company. And they all use Thermolon as non-stick coating. (Learn what other ingredients besides silicon Thermolon coating may contain in the GreenPan lawsuit section of this GreenPan review.) Both GreenChef and GreenLife say that most of their cookware is made from aluminum. GreenChef also has a coated stainless-steel cookware collection, and GreenLife specifies they use recycled aluminum.
In December 2021, I contacted GreenChef and asked them for their test reports. They responded that they would handle my email within 24 business hours, but I am still waiting. And GreenLife does not disclose their test reports. It is my assumption that being sister brands, they would have manufacturing processes and test reports similar with GreenPan’s.
As for GreenPan, I asked them about the metal underneath the Thermolon coating, and this is what they said:
GreenPan non-stick cookware has ranges where the metals are either aluminum, hard anodized aluminum, or stainless steel. The coating above the metal provides a complete barrier against migration of the metal (or any other materials) into the food. Therefore, there are no safety considerations as to the choice of metal of the cookware. It simply comes down to personal preferences and cooking habits.
HexClad vs. GreenPan
I have included HexClad in this GreenPan review because it seems to be quite popular. Comparing HexClad and GreenPan safety, let’s look at HexClad materials:
So, HexClad uses ceramic non-stick coating but does not specify the kind (there is no mention of Thermolon). Also, in the screenshot above they say their cookware is both PFOA and PFAS free. However, here they state that their pans are PFOA free but do contain some PTFE.
As for GreenPan and PTFE, I do not know about all their cookware, but the Ecology Center tested GreenPan Dover Ceramic Nonstick 8” Fry Pan and found no PTFE in it. So, the GreenPan lawsuit apparently was not about PTFE.
As you remember, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) can be made from potentially harmful substances such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), considered a carcinogen. Therefore, it is great that HexClad cookware is PFOA free.
However, other polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), such as perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorobutane sulfonate (PFBS), and GenX chemicals can be used instead of PFOA. Hence, in my opinion, the “PFOA-free” claim does not automatically mean “safe.” Indeed, as we discussed in the GreenPan PFAS section of this GreenPan review, some concerns with PFAS are interference with the body’s natural hormones and increased risk of cancer (source). If, indeed, HexClad is both PFOA and PFAS free, it would be good to know what they use in the PTFE instead of PFAS. Also, it would do no harm to see their test reports. So, please, contact them!
Stainless Steel Cookware vs. GreenPan
Personally, I use neither Teflon nor Thermolon coated cookware. While Thermolon in GreenPan seems safer than Teflon, we do not know all its ingredients. (The GreenPan lawsuit may shed some light on that, though.) Therefore, I prefer stainless-steel and cast-iron pots and pans. When used properly, they can act just as well as ceramic non-stick cookware. In fact, stainless steel is the top choice of professional chefs.
For instance, we use Homi Chef, 360Cookware, and All-Clad non-toxic stainless-steel cookware even for fried eggs, and they slide off! The secret is to heat the skillet up before putting oil on it and then heat the oil before adding eggs. It takes my stainless-steel skillet about 4 minutes to heat up on medium and an additional minute for the oil to heat. Yours may need a different time span, though. Please, look at the instructions to your cookware. My lifehack is to spray some water on the heated skillet. If it turns into little balls that start dancing around, it is a sign for me that the temperature is right.
Additionally, when it comes to All-Clad, I use only stainless-steel cookware by All-Clad. They also have a non-stick cookware collection, but I do not care for that. For a comprehensive picture of existing cookware and safer options, refer to my Safe Cookware guide.
Cast Iron vs. Non-Stick Cookware
Of course, I can’t but mention cast iron pots and pans in this GreenPan safety review. I believe they are a great alternative to Thermolon coated non-stick cookware. It is important to keep them seasoned because that is what makes them non-stick. And an oil with a high smoke point, such as avocado oil, is the best for seasoning.
I really like Stargazer and Field Company, both of which produce safe non-stick skillets in the USA. Thus, Stargazer seasons their cookware with a blend of grapeseed, canola, and sunflower oils. And Field uses grapeseed oil.
Both Stargazer and Field skillets have smooth surfaces, not textured, which helps achieve a non-stick effect. Some other brands’ cast iron cookware has textured surfaces, which seems to make it harder to achieve a truly non-stick surface.
Please, keep in mind that overusing cast iron cookware can lead to increased levels of iron in blood. While our bodies do need some iron, it is possible to get too much of a good thing. Our practice is to use both cast iron and stainless-steel cookware.
Another reason I would not use GreenPan non-stick cookware has to do with allegations lodged in court. A lawsuit against the manufacturer of GreenPan Thermolon coated non-stick cookware claimed false advertising.
In September 2019, three law firms filed a class action lawsuit entitled Anna Saldivar v. The Cookware Company LLC (Case No. 5:19-cv-06014). (To learn what filing a class action lawsuit means, please read my husband’s description here.)
The class action questions GreenPan safety. According to the class action, GreenPan ceramic non-stick cookware contains several known toxins even though the company advertises its pans as “completely toxin free.” Specifically, the patent for Thermolon listed silane, aluminum oxide, tetraethoxysilane, methyltrimethoxysilane, and potassium titanate. Above all, the plaintiff says that these substances are known to cause health problems.
Doing a follow-up on the case for this GreenPan safety review, I came across this document (filed on December 15, 2020) on the Internet:
My husband, who is an attorney, reviewed the document, and reported as follows.
Why GreenPan lawsuit was most likely dismissed.
The document does not say much about what happened in the case. However, reading between the lines, I consider the following as the most likely scenario.
A plaintiff filed a lawsuit against GreenPan non-stick cookware maker as what is called a putative class action. This means that the plaintiff filed suit not only for themselves, but also on behalf of all others similarly situated. I can’t tell from this document whether a class was ever certified by the court, or how the class was defined. (An example might be, “All persons who purchased GreenPan Thermolon coated non-stick cookware between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019, who reside in California.”)
What is clear from the stipulated order is that the plaintiff and GreenPan agreed that the case should be dismissed. Importantly, the case was dismissed “with prejudice” as to the plaintiff, meaning that the named plaintiff (Anna Saldivar) cannot re-file the case. “Without prejudice” refers to any other person who might be a member of the class. It means that they could file their own case, even though Anna Saldivar’s case is being dismissed.
This tells me it is most likely that GreenPan settled with Ms. Saldivar by paying a certain sum of money. There is a chance the parties agreed that the plaintiff would dismiss the case with prejudice for other reasons, such as that the case lacked merit, but the odds of this are smaller. Of course, these are just my opinions based on a review of one document in the case.
Summary of the GreenPan Safety Review
In sum, I cannot say that GreenPan is safe in absolute terms. On the one hand, the available test reports seem to indicate that GreenPan Thermolon coating is safer than Teflon. But on the other, the GreenPan class action lawsuit mentions the ingredients in Thermolon that were not included in the test reports. Therefore, without knowing all the coating ingredients and their potential contaminants, it is hard to call the test reports comprehensive. Also, the latest available GreenPan’s test reports go back to 2020. In December 2021, they told me they no longer disclosed their test reports. So, we do not know if there are any changes in the ingredients of their non-stick cookware.
As for other ceramic non-stick cookware brands, I encourage you to contact them and ask for test reports. You can also sign up here to learn my opinions as to the safety of Ozeri, Caraway, Always Pan, Zwilling, Blue Diamond, ScanPan, and others.
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