The problem

Every year in Switzerland we throw away about 1,000,000 pans. At the same time, most of the pans – apart from their non-stick coating – are still completely intact (approx. 87%). Since we still need to cook and eat despite disposed pans, they are usually replaced with new pans. This avoidable consumption is accompanied by energy-intensive and environmentally damaging production. Particularly problematic is mining, which punctures and removes mountains to extract the metals from which the pans are built.

Zu den erwähnten Problemen, welche die Herstellung von Pfannen mit sich bringt, gesellen sich weitere problematische Praktiken. Da die Bergwerke rund um den Globus angesiedelt sind und handelsübliche Pfannen meist in Asien produziert werden, werden weite Transportwege zurückgelegt, bevor die Pfannen ihren Platz in den schweizer Küchen finden. Die Produktion und der Transport von Pfannen ist also insgesamt sehr Energie- und CO2-intensiv. Vor dem Hintergrund der Klimaerhitzung und schwindenden Ressourcen stellt diese Tatsache ein echte Herausforderung dar, der wir uns annehmen möchten.

By devastating entire landscapes, mining destroys the habitat of quite a few animals and plants. Metal extraction also has disastrous consequences for people. To make way for mines, not only are rural populations violently displaced from their homes, but mining operations also release a wide variety of chemicals. To make way for mines, not only are rural populations violently displaced from their homes, but mining operations also release a wide variety of chemicals.

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