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

Sustainable Kitchen Products
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 Navy — $29

Dotted with azure blue and deep navy, this Camden Hand Towel will bring seaside 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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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. Farmhouse Pottery Trivet — $65

These Farmhouse Pottery trivets are a stylish way to protect your counter or table. Made in Woodstock, Vermont from locally-sourced materials, the trivets are dependable and sturdy, built to support even your heaviest cookware. The trivets come in three different styles (Bullseye, Donut, and Utility) to accommodate any pot, tea kettle, or dutch oven.

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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 Rectangle Board — $128 

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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8. Farmhouse Pottery Cheese Stone — $65

Farmhouse Pottery’s multifunctional handmade stone can be used to serve cheese and crackers, bread and jam, homemade pizza, or freshly baked cookies. These stones are the perfect pieces for small gatherings or making dinner at home a little extra special. Crafted in Vermont from quality American stoneware, these stones distribute heat evenly so you can easily use them to warm up food in the oven or cool it in the fridge.

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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. Farmhouse Pottery Crafted Wooden Bowl in Natural — $48 to $595

Elevated yet down-to-earth, Farmhouse Pottery’s rustic and chic natural wooden bowls are sure to add to the farm-to-table vibe at your dinner table. These hand-carved New England ash bowls come in a variety of sizes — from a 7-inch bowl that can be used to whip up some guacamole to a 20-inch bowl ideal for tossing a fresh salad.

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