Ceramic: Is It Eco-Friendly?
Waking up in the morning wouldn't be the same without good, old-fashioned cup of coffee or tea. Every kitchen gets more cozy when you put a nice mug with your favorite hot drink on the table… and make a pause. But how well do you know your mug? What is it made of? Most likely it’s made of ceramic, but is it safe or sustainable? Let’s find out!
Why are mugs made from ceramic?
Because ceramic is more porous than glass, conduction occurs slower in ceramic mugs. The little pockets of air that are trapped inside the ceramic act as insulators and slow the process of conduction. Convection is the loss of heat through contact with air.
Unlike melamine and plastic wares, ceramic tableware is highly resistant to stains, and is microwave-safe. Similarly, ceramic pieces are less susceptible to breakage, and are more temperature resistant than glass.
What are types of ceramics?
First of all, pottery and ceramics are one and the same. The word ceramic derives from Greek which translates as "of pottery" or "for pottery".
Both pottery and ceramic are general terms that describe objects which have been formed with clay, hardened by firing and decorated or glazed.
Are Stoneware, Earthenware, and Porcelain Sustainable?
While we know of the environmental impact of lab-created materials like polystyrene and PVC, what about one of the oldest hand-made products in history: pottery?
1. Made of
One of the best qualities about ceramics is that they are truly a natural product. Ceramics all start with clay, which is a naturally malleable material composed of minerals and water.
Source material is a key component to determine the sustainability of any consumer product. Natural mineral clay is an excellent resource for creating beautiful, safe and sustainable pieces you can feel good about using in your home.
It's very important to use glazes that are food-safe and lead-free. When choosing your next mug, make sure you turn to a company that holds itself to the highest standards of product safety.
One of the trends receiving the most attention regarding sustainability right now is the reduction of single-use disposable products.
If you’re looking for durability and longevity in a sustainable product, you can’t beat ceramics. They can last for centuries! In fact, archaeologists use unearthed fragments of pottery to piece together information about the people who once used them.
The mineral bodies in ceramic clay are abundant and sourced from the earth. They create products that, when fired, can last a lifetime or longer. Both natural and food-safe, ceramic dinnerware is significantly more sustainable than plastics which can actually leach toxins into the food we eat!
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