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Reclaim used cookware and minimize your carbon footprint

Updating your culinary ensemble with shiny new Ecolution cookware? That’s awesome, but please don’t just trash your old set. You certainly don’t want it to end up in a landfill. There are plenty of earth-friendly alternatives for disposing of or making use of those old pots and pans:

Your local curbside program may or may not collect cookware, but don’t worry, many scrapyards will be happy to take your old non-stick pans and recycle them along with all the other scrap metals. Just type Where do I recycle cookware? into your favorite search engine, and you’ll easily find resources that lead you to the most up-to-date local recycling information.

Everything old is new again, and one person’s trash is another’s treasure. When you replace your old cookware with new, chances are there’s still some life left in the old stuff. Donate usable cookware to friends, family, a local charity, Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Or make it a new addition your camping gear—no need to bring the good stuff!

Here are just a few ideas for getting some more life out of your used cookware:
• Organize your garage: Use pots and pans to hold nails, screws, bolts, washers or tools.
• Do arts and crafts: Use pans and pots as containers for for paints, varnishes or paintbrushes, or for craft projects like making your own soap or candles
• Get into some gardening: Use old pots and saucepans for planting and replanting, or to catch drainage from flower pots.
• Play house: Kids love to make music on pots and pans—so why not set up a play kitchen space, give them a wooden spoon or two and let them bang away?
• Make a potpourri: Enjoy soothing aromatherapy by boiling water with dried flowers or herbs, or even bottled ground cinnamon. Inhale and relax.