Food | Dishware

Holland Bowl Mill

Wooden bowls of all sizes, made from a variety of different woods. They also have a unique treatment for the wood called “ebonizing” which is the use of a vinegar and iron solution that turns the wood black. These bowls are quite beautiful with black on the outside and the natural wood on the inside. They also make a whole series of nesting bowls from one block of wood. You can special order a whole set of these nested bowls if you want, though it’s not an item on the website. Bowls are finished with food grade mineral oil, but you can also order them unfinished. They also make live edge bowls!

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Wooden dinnerware and utensils, handmade from sustainably-harvested maple, all in one piece without gluing. Why wood? “Wood preserves the integrity of the foods—the neutrality—without contact with metals which emits certain tastes and degradation….Contact with wood is organic and warm. Sound manipulation is discreet and pleasant. The food slides least movement. And, for the taste it is like eating with chopsticks.” …During a simple meal, on the table there was a piece of wood and an x-acto blade… soon after a knife was born, and a tomato finely sliced! For the following 6 months, twelve families agreed to trade their metal forks for wooden forks. The comments were outstanding. A year of research and development followed. In 2004 JUstenbois was born. A team of 9 artisans worked at creating maple plates and utensils for your dining room table. These settings, finely chiseled out of selected cultivated sugar maple trees, have a very long life.” Nearly 9,000 utensils are made from one tree.

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Livliga Dinnerware

Elegant portion control dinnerware made of sustainable and durable porcelain. Attractive designs make it easy to put controlled portions on a plate and have it look appealing. Dinnerware is “lead free” and uses only FDA approved, food-safe inks for the decoration.

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Tableware and spice jars. Plates in seven sizes and shapes, made from fallen palm leaves. Colorful spice jars “are handcrafted by artisans according to Terrahue specifications from wood that are harvested in a sustainable manner. The jars are coated with shellac, an organic lac and colored using vegetable dyes.”

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Single use dishes and bowls.”We take the fallen fronds of the areca palm tree and turn them into one-of-a-kind, fully biodegradable, sturdy tableware. Our products combine form with function — they impress guests, are ideal for formal or casual indoor or outdoor use, and play a role in sustaining the earth…without any adhesives or additives. Each plate bears the unique imprint of the leaf from which it was made.”

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Delightful earthenware that look exactly like fruits and vegetables! Slip-cast from molds made from real fruits and vegetables, the unique organic qualities of each fruit and vegetable comes through in each piece. Hand painted with nontoxic, food-safe glazes that reflect the bright colors of it’s edible inspiration. Made in the USA.

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Recycled Glassworks

Absolutely stunning plates and bowls made from recycled plate glass. "Plate glass (from windows, shelves, doors etc.) is usually excluded from most other recycling programs. Many recycling centers accept only bottle glass. To keep plate glass out of the waste stream, Recycled Glassworks creates products that are both functional and infused with a unique aesthetic." While you might not use these for everday dishware, each is a work of art and would be suitable for gifts or special occasions.

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Heath Ceramics

Beautiful handcrafted tableware with classic modern design, made to last. Lead-free glaze. Though their website doesn't tell the good they do for the environment, their Onyx and Seastone glazes are actually recycled. In their manufacturing, they spray their glaze onto pieces which results in over-spray collecting on the walls and base of the glaze booth. At the end of each day, the waste glaze is scraped up and combined with other collected waste glaze to make a new glaze base. Various tints and other materials are added and the result is a post-manufacture recycled glaze. Its actual content varies according to the glazes they have been using in production. They are also doing experiments to come up with new clay formulas, with the idea being "to not dispose of any of the waste material created during our manufacturing process, but to turn it all into functional product." This site also sells other homeware products that share their philosophy (and mine).

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Fire & Light

Hand-poured recycled glass dinnerware and giftware in eight luminous colors. I couldn't resist purchasing two lavender bowls years ago in a gallery because they are just so beautiful, and I use them often as part of my everyday dishware. The business began in 1995 as a partnership between the Arcata Community Recycling Center in Humboldt County, California, and a group of local investors who wanted to develop an innovative plan for using crushed, recycled glass. The crushed glass is melted in furnaces, pigment is added, and the molten glass is pressed into bowls, plates, and glasses. A great example for other communities to follow.

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