Modern kitchenware offers an array of sustainable gifts for eco-friendly and health-conscious cooks. With so many choices on the market, we’ve compiled a quick guide to the best eco-friendly gifts, perfect for the person who likes to cook but also keeps the environment in mind.
1. Gift a Natural Alternative to Plastic Wrap
Etee Beeswax Food Wraps are a terrific way to wrap up your food without using disposable plastic. Use them in place of plastic bags to transport food or instead of plastic wrap for keeping leftovers fresh. The company makes its breathable and biodegradable wraps using beeswax, tree resin, and hemp. Besides being environmentally friendly, they’re super easy to keep clean.
For your vegan friends, however, you’ll want a wrap that doesn’t contain beeswax. Tiny Yellow Bungalow Vegan Reusable Wax Food Wraps are a great alternative. Tiny Yellow Bungalow makes the wrap using Candelilla wax as well as non-GMO soy wax. It’s a great kitchen gift for your vegan friends and family members that strive toward a zero-waste kitchen.
2. Give Reusable Cloths to the Home Cook Who Wants to Create Less Paper Waste
It’s easy to plow through roll after roll of paper towels while cleaning at home. The production of paper products, however, makes a considerable environmental impact.
Cutting down on paper towels is a brilliant way to help create a zero-waste bathroom or kitchen. Today, manufacturers make stylish non-paper towels with fun designs that can add to any kitchen décor.
Next on our list, DII Lemon Swedish Dishcloths are the perfect sustainable gifts for empowering those you care about to reduce their reliance on paper products. DII Lemon Swedish Dishcloths are a game-changer in the kitchen because they’re highly absorbent and dry fast.
Sustainable Home Golden Flower Tea Towels are also a great paper towel alternative that works as well as DII’s Swedish dishcloths. What’s more, they can do double duty as potholders or trivets in a pinch, cutting down on wasted space in the kitchen.
3. Help Your Eco-Friendly Cook Bag Up Leftovers Without Using Plastic
We can probably all agree that plastic sandwich and storage bags are highly convenient. But if someone in your life is trying to cut down on plastic, consider gifting them reusable food storage bags.
Stasher Sandwich Bags are an exceptional plastic bag alternative, and they come in a range of sizes. They’re airtight, and you can use them in the freezer or microwave. Suppose your eco-friendly gift recipient likes sous vide cooking. In that case, they can even use them to make their favorite vacuum-sealed recipes.
Rezip Leakproof Reusable Storage Bags are another excellent food bagging alternative. The stand-up storage bags are the closest thing you’ll find to plastic storage bags with zip closures. These reusable storage bags come in a three-piece set, which makes a fantastic sustainable gift.
4. Fun & Practical Glass Storage Jars Make Great Sustainable Gifts
Glassware is a smart way to reduce the use of disposable plastic and help the environment. For instance, the Bormioli Rocco LAVAGNA JAR 25 will enable your gift recipients to help the environment and save money with the age-old art of canning.
The leakproof lid stays attached to the jar, so there’s no pain of dealing with a tragic jumble of caps. These LAVAGNA canning jars are ideal for storing goods in the pantry, fridge, or freezer. Plus, they feature a small chalkboard space on the front to mark what’s inside the jar so no one is ever guessing.
Meanwhile, the Anchor Hocking Glass Cracker Jar makes an excellent gift for the eco-friendly home cook who prefers a more modern twist-lock lid. Their canning jars are ideal for food storage and their simple yet sleek design will look good in any style kitchen.
5. Sustainable Food Containers Are the Perfect Gift for Eco-Friendly Meal Prep
Suppose you want to give sustainable gifts that offer a storage solution that’s a bit larger than a jar. In that case, Glasslock Oven Safe Rectangles are a good choice. The containers do have plastic lids. Still, this gift choice is a much longer-lasting alternative compared to traditional plastic storage containers. Your gift recipient will also love that they can use them as a serving dishes if needed.
Frego 2 Cup Honeysuckle and Blue glass storage containers are another phenomenal sustainable storage solution. Your gift recipient can use these storage containers in the freezer, microwave, or dishwasher. Also, each Frego glass storage container comes with a protective silicone sleeve and a double-locking cover. The glass dish even works well in the oven, although without the silicone lid.
6. Gift a Way for Your Eco-Friendly Home Cook to Carry Their Veggies Sustainably With Reusable Bags
You can give your gift recipients the ability to cut out even more plastic when they shop for food with sustainable veggie bags. Colony Co. Reusable Produce Bags are:
- Made with natural, organic cotton
- Fair trade approved
Another plastic bag alternative is a Lakeshore Linen Reusable Vegetable Storage Bag. True to the company’s name, they’re made of linen instead of organic cotton. And this material is ideal for supplying the airy, no-light storage needed to keep potatoes and onions fresh when stored outside the fridge.
Sustainable Gifts for the Kitchen Are Good for the Environment & Your Wallet
What better way to repay your foodie friends for the marvelous meals you’ve enjoyed than with thoughtful, sustainable kitchen gifts that help them save the environment and also save them money?