Feb. 15, 2021

The History of Cooking and the Class Action Lawsuit Against Teflon

Sarah starts the episode off with the fascinating history of cooking, including how fire led to strides in human development. She then highlights the connection between the invention of the dishwasher and the women’s liberation movement. 

Becca discusses the discovery of refrigerants like Freon and how it resulted in the creation of non-stick pans. She then dives into the true story of a Teflon manufacturing plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and the massive corporate cover-up that led to thousands of lawsuits.

Becca leaves you with some actionable steps to take to become a conscious consumer when it comes to kitchen gadgets. Sarah leaves us with a teaser about multilevel marketing schemes and Becca confesses to having joined one.

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