Serious Eats Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Gifts


In the last year or so, it seems that environmental issues have come to the forefront in the kitchen—both at home and in restaurants. From chefs cooking with seasonal, sustainable ingredients, to locavorism and the concern over food miles, to those I Am Not a Plastic Bag bags. For those of us wishing to minimize our impact on the environment, here's the Serious Eats Gift Guide to eco-friendly things to give and get for the holidays. Prices don't include shipping unless otherwise specified.

Envirosax Reusable Shopping Bags

20071130envirosax.jpgLightweight, waterproof, reusable, affordable. Each bag holds the equivalent weight of 2 supermarket plastic bags and rolls up into a small bundle so it's easy to always have one at hand. Perfect for shopping expeditions to the local farmers' market. Envirosax Monochromatic Black and White (5 bags) or Envirosax Flora (5 bags), $34.95

Sigg Water Bottles

20071130sigg.jpgA stylish and eco-friendly alternative to plastic water bottles. Every Sigg bottle is 100 percent recyclable at the end of its life, and is backed by a lifetime warranty. Sigg Traveler Classic Water Bottle (1.0-Liters), $19.99

Green As Can Be Gift Set

20071130greenset.jpgShopping website,, has bundled their top-selling eco-friendly items (including 1 set of Envirosax bags and a Sigg bottle) into their Green As Can Be Gift set for your shopping convenience. Green As Can Be Gift Set, $61.50

Bamboo Bowl

20071130bambu.jpgIf I had more kitchen storage, I'd have one of these bowls in every color on my wish list. Made from bamboo (a sustainable and highly renewable resource), each bowl is coiled by hand and finished with a food-safe lacquer. 6" bamboo lacquerware bowl by Bambu, $14.95

Green Glass

20071130greenglass.jpgThe Green Glass Company turns discarded bottles into usable glassware. I'm partial to the Cyan Tumblers (pictured) made from the lower portion of a Bordeaux bottle. There are many more options available in terms of colors and glass types/shapes via the website. Set of 4 Cyan Tumblers, $40

Sweet Riot

20071204sweetriot.pngSweet Riot 'peaces' are small pieces of the cacao bean in dark chocolate and oh so delicious. They come in recyclable, reusable tins which features artwork from emerging artists. The art always changes so people collect the tins. Not eco-friendly enough? Sweet Riot offsets their carbon at their office and have the first ever carbon offset for chocolate customers. Sweet Riot Santa Gift Bag, $16.99