Holiday Gift Guide 2022: 13 Gifts for the Low-Impact Kitchen

For eco-minded cooks and kitchen accessory lovers, here’s a shortlist of our current favorite designs: useful, well-made and good-looking items that we predict will instantly be put to use.

Sonoma wool dish-drying mat from Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home. Matthew Williams for Remodelista photo.
Above: One of the most coveted items in our just-published book,  Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home, is this Wool Dish Drying Mat by the Sonoma Wool Company. It’s shown here in our cover kitchen, a passive house conversion by CO Adaptive Architecture. The mat is handmade in the US from American wool supplied by family ranches. It absorbs up to 30 percent of its weight in moisture, is naturally mildew and mold resistant, and comes with a linen sleeve not shown; $39.95.

The solid Dish Soap in a Porcelain Bowl,$36, is from Ardent Goods, which also offers Refill Dish Soap and plant-fiber Bamboo Dish Brushes, $9.50. The beechwood utensils are from Earth & Nest’s 9-piece Childrens’ Cook Set, $37. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

Above: From Makié in NYC, a small collection of Vintage Napkin Aprons are $95 each. We plan to add this inspired idea to our Future DIY Projects list.
Above: Since it opened 20 years ago, Labour & Wait has been selling memorable enamelware bread bins. Now, the London shop is also offering this reusable Striped Beeswax Bread Bag, £26: “keeps bread fresh for longer, without it losing its crust.”
Stainless Woven Oval Basket-from-Minka
Above: These woven metal countertop receptacles are made by a family business in Kyoto that dates to 1889. The round Stainless Woven Utensil Holder is $135 CAD, and the handwoven copper Tea Whisk Holder is $135 CAD from Mjölk of Toronto spinoff, Minka.
Above: From Sugar Tools of Maine—featured in our book Remodelista in MaineDenim Oven Mitts are made in the US from worn selvedge denim; $19 for a square mitt and a slim mitt that fits over a pan handle.
Above: Natural Vine Net Bags hand-knotted in Laos come in four sizes starting at $26 from fiber artist Sophie Truong’a indie boutique Stick and Tickle in Boston’s SoWa. Sophie says the satchels are woven from a perennial vine that “allows heavy loads despite its fragile look.”
Above: This Dustpan and Broom Set, $100 from the Log House Craft Gallery, was designed as a Berea College student-and-staff collaboration. Read about the school’s Appalachian crafts program and see more of the students’ work in our post Crafts and Kinship: Broom-Making, Weaving, and More at Berea College in Kentucky.
Pot Brush with Brass Wire _ Manufactum
Above: Ever on the lookout for good-looking tools for the kitchen sink arsenal, Julie spotted this Pot Brush with Brass Wire, €9.90, at Manufactum. “The brass hanging loop is such a nice detail,” she says.
Beeswax Wraps starter set via Ameico
Above: Toff & Zürpel of Dresden make this Beeswax Wraps Starter Set out of bio-cotton in an inspired array of colors; $40 from Ameico.
Above L and R: Auntie Oti Natural Dyed Napkins are $65 for sets of four from Lost & Found Shop in LA.
Above: Bay Area vintage emporium Elsie Green offers an array of Re-Tinned Vintage Copper Pots—good as new and often better made than new—starting at $195 for a small saucepan.

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N.B.: This post was first published on Remodelista on Dec. 8, 2022.

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