A durable set of eco-friendly dinnerware is a solid ingredient for a sustainably set the table…
But what exactly makes dinnerware or tableware “sustainable”?
Well, looking for used and vintage ware is always a good start, whether that’s your grandmother’s porcelain dining sets or a pre-loved set of colorful plates and bowls at your local thrift store. Since Conscious Life & Style reaches a global audience, this guide will focus on online secondhand options!
If you’re not finding anything on the used market and you’re in need of something new, some considerations are:
- Sustainably sourced materials: such as responsibly-harvested bamboo and recycled glass)
- Ethical production: this could look like transparent local manufacturing or artisan-made & fair trade, depending on your priorities
- Ownership and Equity: this means looking at who owns and profits from the brands we’re supporting; if a brand is owned by a person of color, it will be indicated in their description below (BIPOC-owned stands for Black, Indigenous, Person of Color-owned and WOC-owned stands for Woman of Color-owned)
- Your Personal Priorities: you may have other elements you look for in a brand, such as traditional craft preservation
The eco-friendly tableware and dinnerware brands featured below meet at least one (though most of them meet two or more) of these criteria.
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