Green+Life Saucepan: Lead Free, but….

Green+Life Saucepan: Lead Free, but....

While this pan is Lead-free (and is also negative for other toxicants like Cadmium, Arsenic and Mercury) I would not personally choose to use something like this in my home. The main reason for my concern with a pan like this is that the surface coating wears off.

I tried to capture (in the photos below) the level of wear on the surface and edges of the food surface of the pan.

Green+Life Saucepan: Lead Free, but....

Edge of pan, showing worn white interior surface.


Green+Life Saucepan: Lead Free, but....

Inside bottom food surface of pan showing scratches where coating has worn off.

It is my understanding that this sort of “ceramic” (Titanium-based) non-stick coating has not been studied enough to fully determine that it is actually safe for use by humans, especially given the degree to which the surface coating may wear into the food being prepared in the vessel (under normal use conditions.)

Here’s my affiliate link to these pans on Amazon* so you can see them “in the wild”:

In general I stay away from the following types of pans:

  • Pans with non-stick coatings
  • Pans with ceramic coatings
  • Pans with rubberized handles
  • Pans with colorful decorative enameled exterior (or interior) surfaces
  • Pans with decorative yellow brass elements

For cooking whenever possible I like to stick with:

  • Plain undecorated cast iron
  • Plain undecorated high quality stainless steel
  • Plain undecorated clear glass
  • Bamboo or other wood (steamers, spoons, etc.)

When tested with an XRF instrument this “GREEN+LIFE” saucepan had the following readings:

Interior White Food Surface:
(if a metal is not listed it was not detected by the XRF)
All tests done for a minimum of 60 seconds.

  • Zinc (Zn): 74 +/- 16 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 159 +/- 30 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 3,198 +/- 197 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 63,800 +/- 1,600 ppm
  • Platinum (Pt): 230 +/- 38 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 3,111 +/- 262 ppm

Exterior Mint Green / Teal Colored Surface:

  • Zinc (Zn): 2,222 +/- 103 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 5,957 +/- 243 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 4,336 +/- 282 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 39,700 +/- 1,300 ppm
  • Platinum (Pt): 241 +/- 56 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 6,027 +/- 280 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 4,217 +/- 367 ppm

Continue reading below image.

Green+Life Saucepan: Lead Free, but....

Green Plastic/Rubberized Handle:

  • Zinc (Zn): 17 +/- 9 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 31 +/- 11 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 366 +/- 35 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 18,100 +/- 500 ppm

Logo Area of Rubberized Handle:

  • Barium (Ba): 215 +/- 107 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 18 +/- 10 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 305 +/- 34 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 16,700 +/- 500 ppm

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.

Tamara Rubin

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7 Responses to Green+Life Saucepan: Lead Free, but….

  1. Jing January 8, 2019 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi Tamara,

    Thank you for the information! I really like what you do!

    But when I asked the Greenpan customer support if their products have titanium, they said no. (FYI, Greenpan, Greenlife, and Greenchef are three brands belonging to the same company.) Their original response is exactly as below:

    “None of our coatings contains titanium or titanium dioxyde.”

    But your report showed that the Greenlife pan does have titanium in both the coating and the other parts.

    So I was wondering if you are able to test the titanium in a “Greenpan” pan other than a “Greenlife” pan? Since the Greenpan representative said the Greenpan is high-end while Greenlife as well as Greenchef is low to mid-end.

    If their Greenpan pan also contains titanium, then I would doubt the words of the Greenpan representative.

    Thank you in advance!


    • Tamara January 8, 2019 at 7:17 pm #

      Hi Jing!

      That’s so funny that they say it does not have titanium. I have never had a company deny their product has titanium (and this one clearly does, at very high levels!)

      Here’s a link about how my testing works (if you want to send some things in):

      Thank you for being in touch!


      • MHP January 21, 2019 at 7:41 am #

        If the coating is worn down pretty thin would it be reading titanium in the base layer that the coating was applied to? So the representative could have be technically correct (but misleading) when they said ‘our *coating* doesn’t contain any titanium’ and just been mum on whether their *product* has titanium.

  2. Lety January 9, 2019 at 10:26 am #

    Hi Tamara,
    Thank you for everything you do! I was hoping to send you a few dishes that I recently purchased so you can test them. please let me know if you’re able to do this and provide me with some information on how to send the dishes to you.

  3. sheila d January 12, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

    Hi Tamara, is titanium known to be a carcinogen? I was considering buying titanium cookware because I have heard that it is an inert metal and is even safer than stainless steel. What are your thoughts on this cookware? Thank you in advance for your reply.

    • Tamara January 13, 2019 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Sheila,

      Titanium is generally considered safe and inert. My concern is the level to which the surface coating wears on an item painted with titanium based paint. Paint and coatings like this may also contain many other things not detectible with the XRF (for example types of plastics.) We have had some solid titanium cookware too and also titanium dishes and cutlery – I think metal (uncoated / undecorated) titanium cookware is general a good choice.


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