12 Ethical and Eco-Friendly Cooking Essentials for a Sustainable Kitchen

Sustainable Kitchen Essentials
Elizabeth Magalski

If you’re a person who loves walking the aisles of a farmers’ market and searching for the best local produce, you’re probably a person who is mindful in the kitchen, who tries to reduce food waste and cut out single-use plastics. It would then make sense that the next time you need a tool or textile for your kitchen, you would want to make sure it’s consciously sourced.

Whether you’re looking to replace an item or two in your kitchen, you’re moving into a new space and starting from scratch, or you’re in need of some ideas for a sustainable wedding registry, this guide will help you find the ethical and eco-friendly kitchen products you need for cooking, baking, and serving food sustainably.

1. Will + Atlas Cotton Apron in Blue Stripe — $40 

This all-natural cotton apron with classic stripes will protect your best clothes in style — even through the dirtiest messes. Will & Atlas’s striped apron features two deep pockets, allowing you to conveniently store any utensils or tools while cooking and moving throughout the kitchen. Every piece in the brand’s natural cotton collection is handwoven by artisans in a small village in Bangladesh who earn living wages. 

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2. Minna Sage Grid Potholder and Sage Grid Oven Mitt — $32 to $40

Minna’s subtly patterned kitchen textiles can be mixed and matched or grouped together for a chic set. The sage potholder makes a lovely pair with the sage oven mitt and looks equally elegant with the peach or indigo. All of Minna’s handcrafted goods are made by artisans who set their own prices and work in safe, healthy, positive working environments.

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handcrafted green potholder and oven mitt pair

3. Creative Women Camden Hand Towel in Azure and Tangerine — $29

Dotted with azure blue and bright tangerine, this Camden Hand Towel will bring summer vibes no matter where you’re located or which season it is. Creative Women’s natural fiber towels are made by women artisans in Ethiopia from hand-spun Ethiopian cotton. The brand is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and follows ethical production practices, paying fair wages and ensuring healthy working conditions.

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Hand Towel

4. FINEX Cast Iron Lean Grill Pan — $99

When it comes to cast iron cookware, you can’t go wrong with FINEX. The Portland-based brand pays homage to the tradition of cast iron, sourcing heirloom-quality, North American iron while implementing modern functionality and designs. Each individual piece is made by six craftspeople over the course of twelve hours, ensuring that they are truly built to last a lifetime.

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5. Slash Objects Hex Trivets — $24 to $36

These Slash Objects trivets are a stylish way to protect your counter or table. Each trivet is made in NYC using recycled rubber. This material is super durable, heat resistant, and waterproof, making them perfect for a multitude of uses in the kitchen.

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Hex Recycled Rubber Trivet Set Sand Kitchen And Dining Slash Objects Duo 473206 1500x

6. Bibol Tchon Salad Bowl and Tia Salad Server in Griotte Matte — $32 to $55

This bold, polished, handmade bowl will instantly up your salad game. Crafted from sustainably-harvested bamboo by artisans in Vietnam and finished with all-natural varnishes and lacquers, this bowl is as environmentally sound and health-conscious as the salads you’ll mix up in it.

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7. Newly Goods Budapest Chef’s Square Board — $98 

Ultra-durable and sustainably made from 100% reclaimed wood, Newly Goods’ cutting board is an essential tool for any conscious cook. The heavy-duty board can be used to cut just about anything and is large enough for cutting multiple ingredients on the same surface. Newly Goods’ cutting board is so beautifully designed that it could also double as a large serving platter for appetizers.

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Newly Cutting Board

8. Aplat Organic Plat Dish/Casserole Tote — $62 to $64

Aplat’s functional organic cotton casserole or plat tote can be used to transport prepared dishes, appetizer trays, or even a bowl of fresh fruit. Crafted with a sturdy fabric and convenient handles, the bag can be carried with ease to picnics, potlucks, and more.

These bags are made with a zero-waste design in San Francisco, California.

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Organic Plat Dish / Casserole Tote from Aplat

9. Sertodo Copper Kitchen Canisters — $247 to $599

These elegant kitchen canisters are the ultimate storage pieces for flour, sugar, tea, or any other dry goods. Copper is a naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal metal, making it the perfect material choice for a kitchen. (Check out this post for more on the health benefits of copper.)

With Sertodo Copper’s pieces, you don’t have to compromise your values in order to use this exceptionally stunning and functional metal. All of the brand’s goods are handmade from 100% recycled copper in artisan cooperatives.

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10. Ekobo Recycled Bamboo Mixing Bowl + Colander Set — $39

Ekobo’s mixing bowl and colander set is sure to become a much-loved and well-used prep tool in your kitchen. Made from BPA-free, PVC-free bamboo fiber composite, the colander can be used to strain both hot and cold liquids, and both bowls are dishwasher-safe. 

The versatile set features a sleek design that allows the mixing bowl to transform into a serving bowl and the handle into a spout, making for easy pouring and serving.

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11. Minna Dandelion Stripe Apron — $125

With a fresh print and bright hues, Minna’s spring-inspired apron will liven up any cooking session. The apron features a pocket and two tool loops for holding your utensils, servers, or a coordinating towel. Minna’s aprons are all handwoven by artisans working in a family-run cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico.

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12. The Bright Angle Nesting Bowl Set — $300

Elevated yet down-to-earth, The Bright Angle’s modern and angular porcelain nesting bowls are sure to add visual intrigue to whatever you’re serving. These handcrafted bowls are made by artisans in Asheville, NC using a slip casting technique to achieve their uniform geometric shapes. They nest together for easy storing and are perfect for everything from snacks and side dishes to big leafy salads.

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