The Best Eco Friendly Kitchen Utensils for the Conscientious Cook

by HollieT

Looking for eco-friendly kitchen utensils? Then look no further. From pizza cutters to chopping boards; stylish, practical and affordable utensils can be found on this page.

In times past, many consumers were only interested in four things when making a purchase; cost, style, reliability and maintenance of the desired product. Now however, due to our increasing awareness of environmental issues and rapidly depleting resources, a fifth consideration has emerged; we want to know whether the goods that we seek are constructed from environmentally friendly materials.

Our collective eco-conscience has seeped into every area of our lives, we have positively changed many of our habits, and, whereever we can, look towards using sustainable and recycled materials in an attempt to negate the effects of our previously laissez-faire and throwaway lifestyles.

And this is certainly the case when we consider our kitchens and the utensils which we have bought and then discarded. In fact, we only have to take a look around the kitchens of yesteryear to find an abundance of plastic and stainless steel. These products were functional, hard wearing and, of course, quite cheap.

Fortunately, Some manufacturers have been working quite hard over the years, and the good news is that our much loved stainless steel is 100% recyclable, and we can also use natural, sustainable materials such as algae and corn starch to produce bioplastic. Perhaps we can have it all! In addition, we are also utilising other resources in our kitchens, materials which are not only sustainable, but practical and stylish too.

Eco-Friendly Cutting Boards.

Increasingly, bamboo is becoming a favoured material when it comes to making eco-friendly kitchen utensils. Bamboo is not only attractive, but also extremely hard wearing and versatile. 

In addition, this eco-friendly option is also naturally antibacterial and, therefore, ideal for use with food. It should be noted, however, that whilst bamboo is an excellent green alternative, you should opt for bamboo products which have not be stained or previously treated, unless the manufacturer can verify that natural mineral coatings have been used.

The Core Bamboo Tulip Collection cutting boards are constructed from organically grown, panda friendly bamboo. The boards are available in three sizes; medium, large and extra large, in order to cater for your varying needs. One side of the board is flat, whilst the other is ridged and there is also a carrying handle for easy grip and when using to transfer dishes to the table. The Tulip range is not only very competitively priced in comparison to other eco-friendly boards, but also lighter to carry. You will also find that bamboo is very kind to your knives.

If, on the other hand, you would prefer a smaller, lighter, cutting board or use different boards for different purposes, then the Preserve eco-friendly 9.5" x 7.5" will be more than adequate for your needs. Preserve's product is manufactured using 100% recycled plastic and is also Melamine and BPA free, and subsequently safe to use around food. The surface of the board is textured ensuring that unsightly knife marks are not left behind and that the board is particularly easy to grip. Preserve's product is also available in a range of other sizes and colours.


Eco Friendly Spoons and Turners.

Bamboo is also a fantastic material for use when it comes to spoons and turners. They are durable, heat resistant and are very, very kind to your pans and skillets. Nevertheless, like many other materials, if the bamboo has not been properly finished it can splinter, which is why it is better to pay a dollar or two more for well finished craftsmanship. 

The 10 Piece Bamboo Utensil set by Think Bamboo ticks all the right boxes and, I might add, is still very inexpensive. The utensils have extra long handles for ease of use and the set also contains spoons which are suitable for serving salads and pasta. 

As with most bamboo products, however, Think Bamboo's spoons and turners are not dishwasher safe, but are easily cleaned with warm soapy water. 

The set does only include the utensils and not a caddy in which to store the products. Therefore, if you're looking for a caddy or some form of holder to keep the spoons then the lattice holder by Totally bamboo is ideal. The lattice holder is fairly large and can, therefore, easily accommodate all your new spoons and turners. 


Eco-Friendly Graters.

BioChef are committed to using recycled and eco-friendly materials to produce a range of items for the home, which are not only highly functional, but sleek, modern and inexpensive.

The company use a combination of cornstarch and bioplastic to produce homeware which is durable and hard wearing, and their latest eco-friendly grater is no exception to that rule. BioChef's range also includes ladles, spatulas, peelers and more. 

Eco Friendly Garlic Press, Lemon and Lime Squeezers.

The Enrico EcoTeak range uses reclaimed teak wood and brass to create high quality and stylish products for the home. Although the items have a lacquered finish, the lacquer used is also eco-friendly and food safe.

In addition to the garlic press, Enrico have also introduced lemon and lime squeezers which are also constructed from reclaimed teak. All products contain lacquer which is food safe, eco-friendly and are easily cleaned using warm, soapy water.

Enrico 1270 EcoTeak Wood Garlic Press

The EcoTeak Garlic Press features a solid cast brass plunger and cup assembly that makes quick work of individual garlic cloves. It is easy to use and cleans up nicely - a great...

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Enrico 1260 EcoTeak Wood Lemon Squeezer

The EcoTeak Lemon Squeezer juices one slice of lemon at a time - perfect for a cup of tea, a slab of grilled salmon, or to add zest to a cocktail. Easy to use and clean, this wo...

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Eco-Friendly Pizza Cutter.

I have to confess, the Epicurean Pizza Cutter does not look like a standard cutter. The product is made from wood, however, the trees used are harvested under specific guidelines of the sustainable forestry commission and the company has committed to using sustainable and ethical manufacturing practices.

The cutter is fairly large, measuring 16" x 4.5" and can be hung with other utensils for easy storage.

Eco-Friendly Cheese Cutter and Board.

Froma uses recycled scrap steel to produce their latest cheese cutter and the wires. The cutter can be used to create extra thin slices of cheese when required, and also comes complete with two replacement cutting wires. Not only is this cutter sleek and modern, but very reasonably priced.

Updated: 02/16/2013, HollieT
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HollieT on 02/24/2013

Hi Dustytoes,

I like that lemon squeezer too and the garlic press. They would look very nice in my kitchen. :)

Hi 2uesday,

I've never seen a pizza cutter like the one above. Mine is a roller cutter, it's really old. But yes, you can just hang it up or store it in a cutlery draw. :)

dustytoes on 02/24/2013

I love that lemon squeezer! I had never thought about it, but I've begun using lemon wedges a lot and get all messy. I might need that ;) Great ideas!

HollieT on 02/22/2013

Hi Wournos,

I think you may be right, I should add a Scandinavian cheese slicer to the article. Ski slopes are fine by me! :)

HollieT on 02/22/2013

Hi Elias,

Thank you, I like the lemon squeezer too, and the garlic press!

Wournos on 02/22/2013

Cool stuff indeed. I don't see a Scandinavian cheese slicer (, though. :P
But then, I suppose the cheese cutter board could be an alternative. No "ski slopes" on the cheese.

EliasZanetti on 02/21/2013

Great article! Very useful and inspiring piece! That eco-friendly lemon squeezer would look great in my kitchen! Thanks for sharing!

HollieT on 02/20/2013

Hi Sheilamarie,

I think bamboo is really attractive as well. I know that bamboo is a great natural resource, and lots of efforts have made to ensure the products are produced from bamboo which is panda friendly too. I love pandas :)

sheilamarie on 02/19/2013

These are all really nice products, HolleyT. Bamboo has really become such a popular material from which to make things. Did you know that it's one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, making it an even more attractive resource? I think I'll get a bamboo cutting board the next time I need a new one.

HollieT on 02/19/2013

Hi Mira, I love bamboo, too. I've heard that before about using different boards for meat and vegetables, but I'm vegetarian so everything's pretty safe on my board. Thanks for commenting and stopping by. :)

Mira on 02/19/2013

I just read one piece of advice: reserve one cutting board for meats. This is very good advice, since you cook the meats but may not cook the vegetables you cut on it.

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