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7 Must-have eco-friendly kitchen items

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Go Green in the Kitchen

There are many obvious ways to go green and help the environment, from recycling to reducing your home energy use. But have you also thought about your everyday kitchen and dining items? In addition to efficient use of your stovetop and oven and energy-saving refrigerators and dishwashers, you can make an eco-friendly difference with green cutting boards, cooking utensils and dishware. Here’s a list of everyday kitchen items to help you further your family's eco-friendly quest.

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Eco-friendly Cutting Boards

When it comes to a cutting board, wooden-based boards are the way to go. Wooden cutting boards are durable, help your knives stay sharper, and don't harbor bacteria and germs like plastic cutting boards do. The best eco-friendly cutting boards are made of bamboo, a hard grass-like wood that grows quickly and doesn't have to be replanted. For a variety of bamboo cutting boards in all shapes, styles and colors, visit Totally Bamboo.

Green Dinnerware

Eco-friendly dinnerware can make an elegant statement for special occasions as well as daily meals. Beautiful dinner plates, made from 100 percent recycled glass, are available through Are Naturals. A 16-piece set contains service for four people, and because each plate is handmade from natural materials, no two plates will be exactly alike, giving you truly distinct dinnerware.

Eco-friendly Cooking & Serving Utensils

Rosewood's durability and sustainability makes it a great choice for cooking and serving utensils. EcoKitchen has a variety of rosewood utensils, including a cake server, salad server, spoons, spatulas and more, to complete your eco-friendly kitchen. Caring for rosewood utensils is also very easy; simply wash and dry by hand, and occasionally use bamboo cleaning oil to keep them shiny and looking new.

Green Serving Bowls

The recycled metal bowls from Bambeco will make great centerpieces on your dining room table. Use them as bread bowls, to display your favorite fruit, or as napkin holders. These eco-bowls come in three sizes -- small, medium and large -- to meet a delicious array of serving needs. Made from scrap metal, these spring blossom inspired bowls will keep your kitchen looking chic.

Eco-friendly Placemats

Even your placemats can be eco-friendly and stylish. The recycled placemats from Fair Trade Marketplace are not only handmade from fair trade recycled silk, they boast a functional beauty you'll love placing on your dinner table.

Green Drinkware

To match your green dinner plates you need green drinkware. The collection, Green, from Luigi Bormioli is designed from 100 percent recycled glass and is made with the environment in mind. The collection includes a small tumbler, large tumbler, goblet and a water pitcher.

Eco-friendly Aprons

Clothes made of hemp are all the rage for those living a green life so your apron should be no different. Pristine Planet offers a variety of organic cotton, handmade or hemp aprons in different colors and styles to keep you looking cute while cooking.

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