The Most Environmental Company?

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The request came via email from a friend. “I have this acquaintance who is on the board of directors for this uppity company who is looking for a list of the most environmentally innovative companies.” I thought this would be a perfect question for the Twitter community, and a list of the expected and unexpected rolled in:

Teko, Burt’s Bees, Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap, Urban Outfitter’s “Urban Renewal” concept, To-GoWare, TerraCycle, Alchemy Goods, Solio, Seventh Generation, Patagonia, prAna, and Subaru.

My vote? All these companies mean well and are trying hard, but all are building consumables that need consistent replacement. My vote is a company that, to my knowledge doesn’t have an eco-gene in its DNA, Lodge Cast Iron. Lasts forever, is cheap, and works better than most hyper-expensive cookware. Almost all chefs claim it is an essential tool in their kit. It’s non-stick, you can beat the shit out of it, throw in in a fire, crank it to 500+ degrees, and scrape it clean with a chisel. No-soap cleaning, a scrub with coarse salt, and back on the stove to dry. Not to mention the instructions to prepare a skillet for a lifetime of use is to fry up a couple of pounds of bacon.

Not real glamorous I know, but I believe it is time that we peel our attention away from the recycled, up-cycled, and low-impact, and focus on the hyper-durable. It is the items that we buy once and never replace that have the highest value and lowest impact, and should be the heroes of environmental manufacturing.

3 responses to “The Most Environmental Company?

  1. I love Lodge! If only my stupid glass-top stovetop were not so easily dinged by iron. But I’m using the iron, anyway. Everything else sucks.

  2. I love Lodge. A great, dependable product. Never needs replacement. Of course, that is the flaw — it never needs replacement, so Lodge’s opportunity to generate revenue off a loyal Lodge user is, unfortunately, not optimal.

    But some clever genie came up with the idea of producing all kinds of useful skillets and pots in cast iron, so I can always say, “I don’t have a tiny skillet for toasting spices. It’s just what I need. And at this price, why not?”

    Lodge still manufactures in the US, too.

  3. Kiapita – thanks for the comment, and I love the bike pic in your profile!

    Kimiko, yes, it’s true: You can always have one more cast-iron pan in the kitchen, or as a defensive weapon against intruders.