A new range of bakeware with a reduced environmental impact has been launched at Ambiente in Frankfurt by market leader Guardini, together with partners ArcelorMittal, coated steel manufacturer Cooper Coated Coil and coatings manufacturer ILAG. The result of the four-way partnership and a three-year development process is XBake, a range of sustainable bakeware that is sourced with ArcelorMittal’s XCarb green steel certificates, and made with an innovative polyfluoroalkyl substances PFAS free, non -stick coating that was developed by ILAG and is applied to steel coils by Cooper Coated Coil. The result is XBake, a range of sustainable bakeware with a brand-new, non-stick coating that is free of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Guardini was prompted to start the project to reduce their products’ environmental impact when customers started asking about the level of recycled content in the company’s bakeware. Although Guardini actively recycles the unused steel from its processes, the company’s management realised it was impossible to quantify the level of recycled content in the new steel it purchased.For the PFAS-free, non-stick coating, Guardini wanted to offer their customers a solution ahead of the potential PFAS restrictions in the EU and the US. Both the European Union and the USA are taking steps to consider a ban of these PFAS chemicals in various consumer applications, including bakeware and cookware. Guardini turned to Swiss-based producer of coatings ILAG to develop a completely new coating.Applying and testing the new coating to steel coils was the job of CCC, Guardini’s regular supplier of coated steels - which was a technical challenge. Today CCC buys the coils from ArcelorMittal with accompanying XCarb green steel certificates. The coils are then coated with the PFAS-free non-stick coating before they are sold to Guardini. CCC passes the certificates to Guardini with the coil. In addition to the reduced CO2 emissions and PFAS-free coating, the bakeware packaging is strictly FSC certified, and the production of the baking moulds 100% made in Italy and comes from an Italian and European supply chain.