Just looked this up, and eek! Here's a site
that's pretty informative, though not alarmist (it's actually extolling the benefits of 18/10 stainless steel cookware). Can't believe I didn't look this up earlier!
The other problem with stainless steel is that it's often coated in aluminum (for even cooking). And sometimes (usually?), it doesn't state this it on the pan. That's actually why we threw ours out. We thought we had stainless and then realized we were cooking with aluminum. So, we switched to Le Creuset. Hubby worked for them at the time, so we didn't have to spend very much to get the pieces (still, waaay more than I was used to spending, though, even with the 75% off!). For a slow cooker, we got their tagine and threw out our old crock pot.
I'm not sure about the white stoneware, so I stopped using ours. Instead, I switched to (I sound like a broken record) Le Creuset's bakeware, which is lead-free. Silicon baking dishes might not be too expensive - I just wonder about the coloring....
We switched from Corelle to Fiestaware because of the lead. I *loved* my Corelle dishes and had been eating off them since I was a child. Sigh.... (I have a few hanging on my wall, now - I think they're the Blue Danube pattern, only with normal, round edges?). Hubby also worked at a place that sold select Fiesta dishes, so we waited for sales and used his employee discount. Still more than I wanted to spend, but.... (I work in a thrift store, so I was hoping for something like $.99 a dish!) Oh, be careful buying Fiestaware used - they used to contain lead. Look for pieces that have "lead free" stamped on the bottom.
Switched to all glass drinking cups and storage, of course - Pyrex for the refrigerator and for taking places, glass jars/canisters for the pantry, etc. Also switched our utensils (some were plastic) to stainless steel, wooden and silicon (still worried about the colors, though).
Newest addition to our low-toxin kitchen is a lead-free water crock (found for $5 at a thrift store - yay!) and a glass carboy for water. We get fluoride-free (reverse osmosis filtered) water from a machine at the Whole Foods.
By the way, is anyone planning to read Slow Death by Rubber Duck
? I just stumbled across an NPR article
about it yesterday. Sounds interesting.... Usually, though, it's years after a book comes out that I end up reading it (not the best library in the world (and have to pay for inter-library loan), and it takes a while before I find it at a thrift store or in the $1 section at the Half Price Books). If anyone reads it, I'd love to hear what you think! Scary stuff!