Inside an Eco-Friendly Foundry
At Lodge, we’re dedicated to developing comprehensive programs to minimize waste. We ship an average of one million pounds of iron product each week—all melted, poured, molded, finished, and packaged in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Being a hometown manufacturer helps us operate more efficiently, but that’s only half the story of our eco-focus. Every step of the way, we reuse and recycle materials to reduce our footprint and protect our beautiful home and planet.
Sourcing Scrap Materials
We mix pig iron, recycled steel, alloys, and castings from our foundry to create the molten iron that makes our heritage cookware. By using recycled steel and scrapped castings, we keep materials out of the landfill. In 2021, we purchased 9,076 tons of recycled steel, or slitter steel, and remelted 33,370 tons of defective castings to keep materials in use for generations.
Repurposing Foundry Sand
Sand is a huge part of our process. In 1996, we worked with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid Waste to draft a beneficial use policy for nonhazardous foundry sand. Since then, we’ve repurposed spent sand for construction projects on our campus and in our community, including a baseball field for local kids. In 2021, we recycled about 1,000 cubic yards of spent sand to use on projects around campus.
Recycling Seasoning Oil
One of the final steps in the manufacturing process is seasoning our cookware. Last year, we recycled 15.9 tons of seasoning oil. Instead of disposing of excess oil, it’s reused by other companies to manufacture their products. In fact, a lot of the oil we give away is used in dog food or makeup.
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Lodge is Building an All-New Museum Destination to Open in 2022!
We are excited to announce plans for the Lodge Cast Iron Museum to open in late summer 2022. The museum will offer visitors from across America a destination to immerse themselves in the history and behind-the-scenes making of some of the most beloved cast iron products, cast iron cooking and the robust culture that surrounds it.
Lodge Wins Best of the Best Award
Earlier this summer, Lodge Cast Iron was a finalist in two categories under Best Employer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press 2021 Best of the Best awards. It’s with great excitement we announce we placed in the top 3 for both categories!
Lodge Makes Environnmental Impact in 2018
Did you know that Lodge cast iron cookware is not only built to last for generations, but it's made with recycled materials?
Recycling at Lodge Cast Iron
In 2016, Lodge recycled more than 20,000 tons of aluminum, cardboard, plastic, scrap metal, paper, steel, and cast iron - that's the equivalent of removing nearly 8,000 cars from the road!