The kitchen is the heart of a modern home, so we’ve selected some of the best environmentally friendly kitchen- and food-related gift ideas. Read on for some holiday inspiration.
Nontoxic Non-Stick Cookware: Beka Chef Eco-Logic Ceramic
More and more cooks are shying away from nonstick cookware that contains potentially nasty componoents like PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene). These beautiful stainless steel pans from Beka feature an aluminum base for even heating, and the PFOA- and PTFE-free Bekadur Ceramica nonstick coating. Suitable for all types of cooktops (gas, electric, and even induction) and dishwasher safe.
Beka Chef Eco-Logic Bekadur Ceramica Non-Stick Pans, available in 8″, 9.5″, and 11″ sizes. $59.95 – $99.95 at Amazon.
Lodge Cast Iron Cookware
Ceramic cookware seems a little too nontraditional, but you still want pro-quality and even heating without unpronounceable chemical coatings? Lodge offers cast iron pots, pans and skillets of every description. They’ll last longer than you, and prices start around $10.
Lodge Cast Iron Cookware, $10 and up at Amazon.
Flip and Tumble Reusable Mesh Produce Bags
Eating lots of fruits and veggies shouldn’t mean a trash can full of plastic produce bags. Flip and Tumble’s lightweight see-through mesh bags are strong, big (12″ x 14″) and have color-coded tags for easy organization.
Flip and Tumble Reusable Mesh Produce Bags (5-Pack), $8.10 at Amazon.
Wrap-N-Mat Reusable Sandwich Wrap
You don’t need to waste a plastic bag every time you take a sandwich to go. The Wrap-N-Mat protects your food until lunchtime, then doubles as a clean surface to eat on. Machine washable, measures 13″ x 13″.
Wrap-N-Mat Reusable Sandwich Wrap, $7.59 at Amazon.
Smart Planet Collapsable Silicone Lunch Box
Need something a little more substantial than a sandwich wrap to transport your lunch? Smart Planet’s silicone lunch box has a secure snap-on lid to keep everything sealed tight, then collapses flat when empty. Microwave and dishwasher safe.
Chef’n Eco Crock Countertop Indoor Compost Pail
A good indoor compost pail is great for day-to-day kitchen use, and it’s also perfect for apartment dwellers. We’ve profiled several different options, but we love the Eco Crock for its simplicity and style. The ceramic base contains a 3-quart liner pail, and the vented lid integrates a charcoal filter to eliminate odors.
Chef’n Eco Crock Countertop Compost Pail, $32.39 at Amazon.
You might also be interested in: Green Gifts for the Kitchen (2011)