No doubt there are plenty of useless tools out there marketed to make your time in the kitchen better in some way. Many of them are not only useless, but are made of materials that are harmful to the earth and wind up in a landfill before the next holiday rolls around.
With that in mind, I’ve collected kitchen-related gifts that are kind to the environment and to the people who made them. Beyond that, they are beautiful and actually useful. Whether you have a hardcore foodie or a busy weeknight chef on your list, you’ll find something for everyone.
Designed with five layers of insulation plus quilting on the palm side for grip, these gloves will keep your hands protected and looking cute. Mitts are made in the U.S.A. using ethically-sourced cotton, and are available in raw, black and vintage medium denim.
Colive is made from a combination of olives only found in Cyprus, and harvested from 15 family-owned farms along the divided northern and southern parts of the island, which has been a conflict zone for more than 50 years. The company donates 10% of profits to organizations dedicated to peacefully reuniting Cyprus. It’s the only Cypriot EVOO available in the U.S. Plus, the bottle is so pretty!
This is the carrier you didn’t know you needed. The casserole tote makes it easy to load rectangle casseroles, baking sheets, and pans without spilling. Just slide your gourmet creation into the patented design to keep everything horizontal and upright while on the go. The sturdy, organic cotton is machine washable.
For the hardcore foodie in your life, you can trust Miracle Plum to come up with a mix of pantry items that will impress. Items may vary, but they will always be rare, cool, and/or unusual—and probably come in really nice packaging.
This tasseled hand towel is made from Ace & Jig’s leftover custom-woven textiles, which are ethically made in India of 100% cotton. They were created in partnership with Projecthrive, a Delhi-based group that employs at-risk women living in the industrial areas surrounding Delhi, providing them with stable jobs, fair wages, and skills.
These cotton dish towels have been called the best dish towels ever. Made of 100% cotton, they shrink up after the first time you wash them, but stay super absorbent. And the stripes are reminiscent of your college-era Baja hoodie!
One sheet of these reusable paper towels replaces 17 rolls of the traditional version. They are antibacterial, and can replace your icky kitchen sponge. They’re also compostable, plus, they come in the cutest designs.
This cute little board is made in the foothills of Layton, Utah by Heritage Workshop using local, sustainable, and reclaimed wood from around the property. It’s designed to facilitate straight or slanted slices, and is outfitted with a leather loop for hanging.