Health and the Environment:
Important to you, important to Tefal
Building on its record of environmental responsibility, Groupe SEB has taken another step forward with the signing of the Global Compact. This United Nations International Initiative is based on 10 principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption. The voluntary compact holds three main principles concerning the environment:
1. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
2. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
3. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
These three principles are grounded in the idea that the "policies and operations of business and industry can play a major role in reducing impacts on resource use and the environment. In particular, business can contribute through the promotion of cleaner production and responsible entrepreneurship."
The Global Compact is a continuation of Tefal's history of providing responsibly manufactured goods. Tefal products are produced with the highest manufacturing standards, and now cookware made in France, includes labeling that clearly communicates to consumers its commitment to sustainable development.
The new health and environment emphasis is designed to remind consumers that all Tefal cookware, made in France, is and will continue to be recyclable, PFOA, lead, and cadmium free, regardless of price point. This new labeling will be seen in stores beginning June 2009.
As part of the commitment to environmental responsibility, all Tefal coatings are recyclable.
All cookware is PFOA (perfluoro-octanoïc acid) free. Multiple laboratories have tested Tefal non-stick cookware and found the product to be free of PFOA.
Lead is a metal that can cause neurological damage as well as various blood disorders. For this reason all Tefal coatings and enamels are lead free.
All Tefal cookware, produced in France is 100% cadmium free. The inhalation of cadmium fumes can result in pneumo-difficulties. This soft metal is used in some colouring processes, metal plating, and the manufacturing of various synthetics, but never included in the production of Tefal cookware.