Looking for something truly unique for that foodie on your list? We’ve  rounded up five of our favorite eco-inspired foodie gifts this holiday season… far from the typical bamboo spatula. Check it out!

Handpresso: the hand-powered espresso maker

Handpresso develops portable espresso machines, bringing together the delicious taste of espresso with mobility to boot. If your foodie family member or friend is commuting often, consider the Handpresso Auto. They’ve developed a premium quality espresso for the car. It is simple and easy to use, fits in the cup holder, and users just have to plug the espresso machine into the 12V cigarette lighter, add water and a E.S.E. coffee pod of their choice. With the press of a button, and a few moments, the espresso is ready.

Domestic Aesthetic: spice block

The company’s belief is “live well, live right”, and it definitely is a right move putting their products into your kitchen. They offer consumers affordable items that adhere to environmentally and socially responsible standards–and we love them. Their spice box is developed from reclaimed mahogany and are hand-carved to highlight the natural grain of the wood.  It is completed with a beeswax and walnut oil finish.

Wooden 6-Pack Beer Tote

Created from reclaimed redwood, this handcrafted beer totewas developed by David and Christopher Steinrueck, made of smooth, stained wood slats that looks as good as it is for the environment. The duo work out of their woodshop in San Francisco, focusing on unique items that show their own artistic interests. They believe in the power of community to foster the growth of sustainable industry and product creation. And we just like how it looks.

The Commonsense Kitchen

Tom Hudgens writes the details of living a little more green–from a foodie perspective, in The Commonsense Kitchen: 500 Recipes Plus Lessons for a Hand-Crafted Life. It includes recipes from staples meant for the kitchen to regional specialities, then speckled among them are lessons in life skills, from dishwashing to making homemade soap.  It’s a nod to the Deep Springs kitchen from Deep Springs College, where Hudgens was the former chef. He describes it as a place “where there is little time for fussy preparations, little money for expensive or exotic ingredients, and little regard for food trends or food snobbery, but where a great appreciation for any good, soul-satisfying food abides.” Be sure to try the Ginger Peach Crisp… a favourite.

Ecolution Artistry Eco-Friendly 11″ Square Griddle

Looking for an eco-friendly pan that is perfect for grilled cheese, french toast, and grilling veggies? This shallow square grilled has short sides, a soft silicone handle is easy to grip and stays cool, and is even dishwasher safe! Unlike Teflon, the company uses hydrolon, an eco-friendly water-based non-stick coating. It is made without PFOA (pertluorooctanoic acid), and printed on 70% recycled materials. Hydrolon is a multi- layer non-stick, and thoroughly tested, passing indicators such as an Abrasion Test, Contact Angle, Release, Value Boil Test, Thickness Evaluation… and it’s great for the environment.


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